Last Sunday marked the ending to the sixth biannual U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which brought together 20 university-led teams from all over the world and their solar-powered houses to be judged on affordability, energy efficiency and aesthetics. As we mentioned in our October 3 blog post, this year’s Solar Decathlon had five teams that incorporated Mitsubishi Electric systems into their designs.

Top scorers in the Decathlon were schools whose construction best blends “affordability consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.” Like the Olympic decathlon, the Solar Decathlon also consists of 10 individual contests, where the teams’ two years of preparation for the 10-day competition gets put to the test.

With the results now in, we’re proud to announce that one of those teams, hailing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), won second place overall. The UNLV team also earned:

Two other teams that used our systems for their home’s HVAC also walked away with awards. Norwich University and Stanford University both tied for first place in the affordability contest. Stanford also placed:

  • Second in the hot water contest.
  • Third in the appliances contest.
  • Tied for third in market appeal.

We pride ourselves on providing innovative and industry-leading technologies to the market players – distributors, engineers, contractors, consumers – and we couldn’t be more pleased to now add students to the list. After all, these aspiring building professionals are the ones who will shape the future of the industry. Congratulations to the teams and their outstanding achievements!

For more information on this year’s Solar Decathlon, visit Go to to learn more about how our ductless systems can help you win.