UNLV students have done an impressive job with their DesertSol house at this year's Solar Decathlon. They are currently standing at second place, which is an outstanding accomplishment for the first year's entry for UNLV. If you agree, give them a vote--or more--for the People's Choice award. Voting is through this Thursday at 11AM at the Solardecathlon.gov site. See all of the entries through next weekend, October 13 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California or at the website . The Solar Decathlon is a bienneal program hosted since 2002 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that, per the DOE, "challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive." Read more here... I traveled out to see the homes first-hand and was invigorated by the enthusiasm and innovation--inspiring! Check back soon to see photos from the trip.