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DesertSol

People standing outside the DesertSol solar house

DesertSol is a 754-square foot solar-powered home that was created and built by the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. It is an ultra-efficient model home that showcases innovations in sustainable home design including technology, energy and material choices, and uses solar energy as its only fuel source.

The one-bedroom, one-bathroom home features:

  • Solar panels
  • Low-flow fixtures and a multipurpose water system that combines plumbing and fire sprinklers
  • Remote access to temperature controls
  • Strategic window placement to promote cross-ventilation
  • A custom screen along the outdoor deck that filters sun in the summer and retracts to allow warmth from the sun in winter

Described as one of the finest examples of sustainable living on the planet, DesertSol was the top-ranked entry in the United States and took second place in the global competition. Team Las Vegas was the only U.S. team to place in the top three of the prestigious Solar Decathlon competition in Irvine, Calif.

The home was built at UNLV, moved to Irvine for the competition and is now a permanent exhibit in our Botanical Garden.

View a time-lapse video of DesertSol being lifted into place.

The DesertSol exhibit is free for Springs Preserve members and included with paid general admission.

Thank you to the generous sponsors who helped make a new home for DesertSol at the Springs Preserve:

Photos: DesertSol

Exterior of DesertSol

Take a peek inside the ultra-efficient DesertSol solar house.

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Video: What is DesertSol?

DesertSol at Solar Decathlon competition

Learn about DesertSol's journey of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction.

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