2011 Solar Decathlon winning home "Watershed" built by the University of Maryland team has been sold to electrical service company Pepco. Watershed was purchased for an undisclosed price and will relocate it to one of Pepco's facilities in Maryland County, Maryland.
Pepco and the Uni of Maryland will team up to take care of the home while designing ways to educate the public about the famous solar home. It will become a "living classroom" where visitors can see not only the design of the home but Pepco's technology at work such as their smart thermostats and electrical vehicle charging station.
Watershed will do double duty as a conference facility and will host educational presentations as well as public tours.
The Uni of Maryland 200 strong Solar Decathlon team is thrilled with the purchase:
"We inspired ourselves and thousands of others through the Solar
Decathlon, but an organization such as Pepco has the resources and power
to reach millions," says Leah Davies, WaterShed student team leader. "With Pepco, WaterShed can serve as an educational backbone for future innovations in residential energy use - just as we designed it!"
More details at Sacramento Bee.