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Contest-Winning Solar Home Creates More Energy than it Uses


A group of students from the Vienna University of Technology were the winners of this year's Solar Decathlon, held from October 3-13 in Irvine, California.  Team Austria's entry, called LISI,  generates more power than it uses over the course of a year.


The house is powered by a rooftop solar photovoltaic system, is made from sustainable materials, and features a tablet-based energy monitoring system that allows occupants to visualize and adjust their energy use.




Check it out in this video by Team Austria:


More photos of this home can been found on Flickr.


Held biennally by the US Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is a contest where 20 collegiate teams are invited to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are "cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive."