IRVINE, CA (Oct. 12, 2015): Come to the Orange County Great Park on Thursday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 18 for the final weekend of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. While the weather is expected to cool down significantly this weekend, the competition that challenges collegiate students to imagine, design and build solar-powered houses is heating up. Winners in various categories will be announced beginning Thursday.
Visitors to the free Solar Decathlon will have the opportunity to tour 14 solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money. Be sure to stop by Team Orange County’s house, Casa del Sol. Students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College worked together to build the first local entry into the competition.
In addition to the house tours, families on Saturday and Sunday will enjoy the Children’s Activities Area, which includes bounce houses, face painting and balloon artists.
Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 250,384 that spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.
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