EnCity Update


As many of you know, the Solar Decathlon is a complex, challenging event, where teams compete in 10 rigorous contests—ranging from architecture and engineering, to energy-efficiency performance.  It requires each team to meet high technical safety and performance standards and aggressive construction schedules to design and build an affordable, innovative, and highly energy-efficient home and then transport it to the competition site.

Unfortunately, EnCity Solar Decathlon will not be among the remaining teams that will compete in the Solar Decathlon finals this week in Denver.

Our team aimed high. We are building a clubhouse and resident home to demonstrate our vision of what an energy-efficient community could look like, one that manages collected sunlight and rainwater, features smart home technology for mobile-device control, and uses machine learning to make energy conservation decisions and provide energy saving recommendations to its residents.

design model of EnCity

Unfortunately, the time left before the start of the competition was not sufficient to field an entry that met the high standards we set for ourselves.

We felt that we would be unable to represent you, our sponsors, our friends, and our Cougar family to the utmost of our ability.

Everyone on our EnCity Solar Decathlon Team, including our students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and sponsors, have worked extremely hard during this incredible shared experience.  We thank our many donors, industry partners, staff, faculty, and volunteers who have contributed funding, materials, expertise, and time to the project. Without their support, our students could never have experienced this incredible learning opportunity.

student working with lumber

We wish the remaining Solar Decathlon teams all the best in the finals this week. Their ideas and innovations are truly inspirational.

Annalise sanding the boards for our flat pack furniture

While we won’t be travelling to Denver, this is not the end of our journey. We will complete our Solar Decathlon home and clubhouse and look forward to showcasing this work, together with the many innovations our students have developed, and celebrating with our supporters in the future.

Thank you again for your support!

group of EnCity students

EnCity Solar Decathlon