Self-Reliance

Middlebury, VT | 2009-2011

Andrea and Ashar are the proud faculty advisors to Middlebury’s team for the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is a biennial, international competition where 20 collegiate teams from all over the world are charged to design and construct a 1000 square-foot, 100% solar-powered house.  Beginning in the Fall of 2009, Andrea and Ashar worked with students to prepare an application for admission into the competition; and once accepted, guided students in the design, construction, fundraising, outreach, and communications efforts for this project.  We then transported our house to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. where it competed in 10 measured and subjective contests to earn a fourth place rating overall, placing first in the Communications, Market Appeal, and  Home Entertainment contests.


Images by Jim Tetro/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon & Middlebury College Solar Decathletes