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Appalachian’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Team

BOONE- Dr. Jamie Russell of the Department of Technology and graduate student David Lee talk about the steps it took for Appalachian State University to be one of 20 institutions chosen internationally to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon on this episode of the university’s cable program, “Appalachian Perspective.” (see video clip)

Russell talks about the construction and technology of this 970-square-foot home called “the solar homestead” using innovative solar energy that will make it 100 percent self sufficient.  The concept and design of the home draws on the historical roots of the Appalachian Mountain region, complete with a large porch and outdoor modules.

Construction on the home will start in January 2011 at an indoor location in Boone. Next fall it will be transported in pieces to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and be reassembled for the competition.  More than 400,000 people are expected to attend this competition and tour the homes on display.

“Appalachian Perspective” airs in Watauga County at the following times: Charter Communication Channel 21 weekdays at 10:30 a.m., and 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Channel 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and on MTN’s Channel 18 Thursdays at 5:30, 6:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

The episode titled “Appalachian’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Team” can also be accessed online at