Team Alberta shows the world

Student-led Team Alberta finished sixth overall last week in the U.S. Department of Energy's high-profile Solar Decathlon competition.

Team Alberta, comprised of several Alberta post-secondary schools, including Mount Royal University's Helen Evans Warren of the Department of Interior Design and Art History and her daughter Alexandra Warren, a public relations student. SAIT, the U of C, and ACAD, were also involved.

The team showed well in its first international SolAbode competition knocking off 14 other university and college teams.

The competition was held in Washington D.C. on the National Mall.

The announcement of the Solar Decathlon winners capped a two-year, $1.3-million collaborative project by students, faculty and staff from the four Calgary schools. Together, they created their ENMAX SolAbode and successfully operated the solar-powered home in the U.S. capital during the 10-day competition.

Team Alberta is the first all-western Canadian team to compete in the prestigious competition.

- with files from Peter Brodsky, Mark Lowey of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy