Solar Decathlon 2013 visited the Orange County Great Park
Some 64,000 visitors experienced the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, held over eight days in October at the Orange County Great Park. The city-owned Great Park is the centerpiece of the approximately 1,300-acre, publically owned portion of the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro. Its goal is to bring a world-class metropolitan park to Orange County. More than 200 acres are already activated and a 30-acre South Lawn, with four soccer fields, other athletic facilities, and a permanent Visitors Center Pavilion, opened in summer 2013.
A crowning achievement of the Great Park’s natural draw for staging major events was the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, which was held for the first time outside of Washington, D.C. Of the numerous cities that expressed interest in hosting this international event, the City of Irvine was chosen. And the show began. About 800 students built 19 solar houses on site for free public tours. In addition, the XPO, a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition, complemented the Solar Decathlon. This web page provides information, insight and other information from the 2013 event.
This was a free public event and drew students, professionals and other visitors of all ages who learned about energy efficiency or provided expertise in that area.
The Great Park in Irvine, CA is being developed and more than 200 acres have already been activated. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world visit each year, where the sun shines and the park grows.