Solar Decathlon back on the Mall
After much to-do, the Solar Decathlon, in which teams of college students from around the world compete to design, build and operate solar-powered homes, is back on the Mall, Darryl Fears reported Wednesday.
The solar village competition had been uprooted from its regular location by the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior months before the event was to take place. It was rumored to be taking place at the hardly Metro-accessible National Harbor instead.
Federal officials said they moved the event because the 20 energy-efficient houses designed by the students end up sitting on grass for two weeks and killing it. Although we're wondering what pristine Mall grass they were talking about.
After organizers' pleas that President Obama's talk about alternative energy in the State of the Union address showed the importance of their endeavor, the event is back on the Mall, just in the slightly less prestigious location of West Potomac Park.
"I feel incredible. I feel happy," said Elisabeth Neigert, a graduate fellow at the Southern California Institute and spokeswoman for its decathlon team.
Catch the event (at the Mall) Sept. 22 to Oct. 2.
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