Pairing up with 26 collegiate members of Team USC and their faculty advisors, Enphase Energy prepares for the 2013 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Enphase has donated the Enphase Microinverter System to Team USC and is eager to join a global event that brings clean energy technology to the next generation of architects and engineers.
This award-winning, biennial competition challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build and operate houses powered exclusively by the sun. Comprised of teams from around the world, the Solar Decathlon judges its winner based on the house that best blends design excellence with the functionality of everyday appliance usage. The overall mission of the competition is to teach participants and viewers alike the different ways sustainable living can be cost-effective and energy-efficient, as well as aesthetically pleasing.
The shared ideals between Enphase Energy and the Solar Decathlon make Enphase’s sponsorship of USC an important stride in the movement toward a clean energy economy. By joining an event that strives to create a better environment, Enphase is able to expand its audience while teaching younger generations how to live sustainably.
Because all aspects of the competition revolve around the sun, both Enphase and Team USC are confident that Enphase microinverters are the perfect choice. “With the microinverter, we are granted the stability of knowing the whole system will not give out in the middle of the competition,” said Christine Tanguay, a student at USC’s School of Architecture and project manager of Team USC. “With this year being our first entry in the decathlon, we are excited to unveil our use of Enphase technology to the public.” Through its sponsorship, Enphase is proud to not only contribute its product, but also provide Team USC with the valued reassurance that comes along with them.
Since 2011, Team USC has been preparing for the October 3-13, 2013 competition in Irvine, California. The students’ early designs gave life to what is now fluxHome, a house suited for a middle-class lifestyle and the warm climates of Southern California.
For almost two years, the students have engineered models of their home in anticipation for the day they could begin construction.
Groundbreaking for USC’s fluxHome kicked off on March 12, where students, faculty and administration came together to celebrate the new project and learn more about energy-saving solutions. Guest speakers addressed the kick-off's large audience, while tables and exhibits provided onlookers with images of the future home.
A surprise performance from the USC Marching Band commenced fluxHome's kick-off reception, bringing with them an undeniable sense of school spirit and support.
As the weeks unfold, the USC team continues construction on their real size, fully functional home, hoping to create a house worthy of winning this year's Solar Decathlon.
Enphase wishes Team USC the best of luck in the competition and looks forward to watching as fluxHome develops!