The National Mall is about to be illuminated….with solar energy!

Did you know that the sun is greatest power source for planet Earth? In fact, it provides more energy to the Earth in one hour than the amount of energy produced by all nations in one year! And with growing prevalence of solar technologies worldwide, solar power is an excellent way to produce energy for your home and also save you tons of money on heating and energy costs. Don’t believe us? Then visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon from September 23rd to October 2nd on the National Mall at the West Potomac Park in Washington, DC.

This year, 20 collegiate teams from across the globe will be participating in this highly anticipated, rigorous design competition.  Most of these teams have spent the past two years preparing for this event by designing and building their houses. Now, the designers and their 600 to 1,000 ft2 homes will be transported from campuses all over the world to Washington, DC, where a solar village will come alive on the National Mall.

But the 2011 Solar Decathlon isn’t just for college students; it’s an incredible learning opportunity for schools, educators, and students of all ages to learn about the increasing potential of solar energy.  There are scholarships currently available to teachers and their students to help pay for traveling expenses to the 2011 Solar Decathlon “Education Days” on Monday, September 26th and Tuesday, September 27th. If you are a teacher and interested in taking your students to this event, please email us to apply for the scholarship at education@earthday.org.

If you are just looking for more information on the event, then go to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon website to learn more!