“In preparation for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, Team New York approached EmPower, seeking an industry expert and high efficiency solar panels for its solar home entry,” said EmPower Solar CEO David Schieren. “Passionate about the solar industry and the Solar Decathlon, we’re confident that SunPower’s solar panels, coupled with our years of experience in the market, will give Team New York an edge against the competition.”
Team New York selected the SunPower E19 / 240 Solar Panel for its design entry, Solar Roof Pod, in the decathlon. SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB), worked with EmPower Solar to provide the team with the industry’s most reliable solar panels that also deliver the maximum power from a limited roof space, a key design requirement for the decathletes.
The US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a program that aims to help the visiting public learn about the benefits of applying sustainable, energy efficient and cost-saving features to their own homes. This year, nineteen teams of university students will compete in 10 contests, including architecture, engineering, energy balance and market appeal.
The opening ceremony was held yesterday in the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., with the competition set to begin today. From 23 September to 2 October, the public is invited to tour the houses for free. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002, and competitions now take place every other year.