The Miners Are Back In The Solar House Business!

Dateline: California, U.S.A

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon will return to Irvine, California in 2015, and the Missouri S&T Miners will again be part of that net-zero neighborhood!

Based surely on the success of the Orange County Great Park site, the announcement came out of California today that 20 universities will set up a thriving, albeit temporary, community on a converted Marine Corps airbase runway. The Miners, veterans of five of the six previous events, are masters at logistical planning and have developed the “Nest House” to be easily and inexpensively hauled the 1900 miles to Southern California.

The biannual event lists a surprising 12 new teams to the mix, along with Missouri S&T and seven other experienced groups. We’re glad to see the State of Missouri is sending two teams westward, as Crowder College is partnering with Drury University. S&T and Crowder have a great relationship; several Crowder grads have transferred to Rolla and been active on previous solar house designs, especially the highly-regarded 2005 home.