UC Davis Today

  • Overview of new buildings with people visiting them

    We’re one of 20 universities competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon, seen here in 2013, where students design and build solar-powered homes.

  • A big group of students standing together

    Aggie Sol team members come from engineering, architecture, design, communications and development disciplines. Their goal is to make zero-net-energy homes affordable for families — including farmworkers.

  • Man and three women discussing designs on a table

    Students work together to create what they hope will not only be a winning, zero-net-energy design, but one that will win over the housing market, too.

  • Woman pointing to a design as another woman and man listen

    The team brainstorms about concepts for a low-cost house design, which it expects to propose at half the cost of most houses at the Solar Decathlon.

  • Three women showing a design taped to a window

    As part of an exercise, students present a design they created in about 40 minutes at UC Davis West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero-net-energy community.

  • Drawing of a one-story home

    The Aggie Sol house will be built at UC Davis, disassembled and transported to Irvine for the 2015 Solar Decathlon.

One California, One UC Davis

Designing a solar home for farmworkers

By Kat Kerlin

When a team of UC Davis students packs up its house and travels to Irvine next year for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon competition, its members will bring not only a desire to win, but also to make zero-net-energy homes more affordable.

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