CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University Solar Decathlon Team is one of 20 teams currently competing in a national competition in Irvine, Calif., and is asking for help to win its "people's choice" competition.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges teams from around the world to design and build an efficient and attractive solar-powered house. According to Jessica Seese, the WVU Solar Decathlon Team's communications lead, the first 10 days of competition have seen WVU team members "working tirelessly ... to piece together their home and bring a touch of West Virginia spirit into the heart of California."
Anyone can vote in the online competition by visiting www.solardecathlon.gov. Voting ends Friday at 2 p.m.
"Our team has the chance to win the people's choice award, but not without support from home," Seese said.WVU's design is similar to a traditional log cabin, she said, but it has modern amenities and meets competition standards for solar-powered energy efficiency.