UNLV Team Gets Solar-Powered House Ready for Competition

Photo by Jon Estrada

Photo by Jon Estrada

With its launch date three weeks away, UNLV’s Solar Decathlon Team, DesertSol, is shifting into panic mode. On a recent drizzly morning, project manager Alexia Chen showed press and sponsors around the sustainable, solar-powered house designed by five dozen UNLV students, faculty and staff. “We don’t have any choice,” Chen said. “We have to get it done by September 20.” That’s the date the the team loads the house on its custom-designed trailer and heads to Irvine, Calif., for the October 3-13 competition. But first, they have to install walls and flooring, appliances and electrical wiring, and put other final touches on the interior. DesertSol will face stiff competition in the Department of Energy-sponsored competition, which features the top 20 college teams from around the world.

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