DENVER, Oct. 18, 2017 - A team from Switzerland took first place overall at the Energy Department’s Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver. The team of students designed, built, and operated a house that best blended smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. The University of Maryland took second place, and the University of California-Berkeley, and University of Denver team tied for third place. The Solar Decathlon “provides real-world training and experience for the energy professionals of tomorrow,” said Acting Assistant Energy Secretary Daniel Simmons. “It is also a live demonstration of innovative products available today that can help tackle global energy challenges such as energy reliability, resilience, and security.” The teams competed in 10 contests throughout a nine-day stretch that gauged each house’s performance, livability, and market potential. They performed everyday tasks including cooking, laundry, and washing dishes, which tested the energy efficiency of each house. Full competition results and details about the individual contests may be found at

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