WASHINGTON, DC - In response to Thursday's announcement of the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement:
“Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has shown how hard work, imagination, and collaboration can energize collegiate teams to design, build and operate attractive, efficient, solar-powered homes. The competition showcases a striking blend of innovation and practicality in solar homes to millions of visitors from across the world. Solar energy not only benefits our environment, it employs nearly 143,000 Americans while saving money for businesses and households. The teams will unveil their homes next year in California, the top state market for solar thanks to a history of solar use and smart policy decisions—which must continue to keep its leadership. SEIA congratulates the twenty teams selected by the U.S. Department of Energy from schools representing more than a dozen states to compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon and wishes success to them all.”
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.