Seven Sexy Solar Homes: a Slideshow

#4 – Das “Cube House”

das cube house

Image credit: Jim Tetro, DOE Solar Decathlon

Here we have Team Germany’s entrant into the 2009 Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition put on by the Department of Energy challenging university students to design and build an affordable, 100-percent solar-powered home. Team Germany’s Cube House won the pivotal Net Metering award at the Decathlon by creating more solar energy than the house consumedβ€”despite three days of rain during the week-long competition. It did so using innovative thin-film CIGS solar panels for siding, as well as a rooftop solar array. All told, the 11.1-kW solar energy system provided more than twice the amount of energy that the simply-designed, ultra-sexy Cube House needed.

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