Two University of Colorado Boulder engineering students became the leaders of that team, which this week took the top award in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The competition, comprised of 10 events (and CU ranked in the top three in all 10) attracts students from around the world who design and build a net-zero energy house.
While touring a temporary neighborhood of student-designed solar houses in Denver a few years ago, college sophomores Gabi Abello and Hannah Blake wondered out loud: “This is so cool. We have to do this. Why doesn’t CU have a team?”
The novice crew from CU, a school that hadn’t competed since 2007, took on the additional challenge of building in one of the coldest towns in the nation (arguably, the nation’s icebox) and in a mountain community flanked by pricey Winter Park in one direction and Rocky Mountain National Park in the other.
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