Sold! Utility buys winning solar decathlon house

Pepco has snapped up WaterShed, the winner of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, and now plans to add its own tech to the solar-powered house.

WaterShed, the winner of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, has a new owner. The high-tech solar-powered house built by University of Maryland students, faculty and professional partners was purchased by utility Pepco.

The energy efficient structure, which runs solely on solar power, will be permanently housed at one of Pepco's facilities in Montgomery County, Maryland. The house will serve as a living classroom and lab to demonstrate clean energy options. Pepco will add its own technology to the original structure, including smart thermostats and a home-based electric vehicle charging stations. The purchase price was not disclosed.

WaterShed stood out at last year's competition for its design and the tech inside. Aside from landing the top prize, the 900-square-foot structure also won the architecture contest of the solar decathlon. The solar-powered house was designed to be cost effective, energy efficient and constructed to harvest, recycle and reuse water.

Check out a video tour of the home, which I've posted below.

Photo: University of Maryland; Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon


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