This weekend and next, take The Toll Roads to visit the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO at the Orange County Great Park.
This is the first time in its 11-year history that the competition is being held outside of Washington, D.C.
The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:
- Oct. 3 – Oct. 6 (Thursday – Sunday)
- Oct. 10 – Oct. 13 (Thursday – Sunday)
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams from across the nation and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The XPO is a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition featuring visionary and innovative companies, products and educational opportunities. Through fun, interactive exhibits and activities, the XPO will provide visitors with information about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency in home design, transportation, consumer products, food production and education.
During the two weekends, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help save money.
For more information about the Solar Decathlon 2013, visit solardecathlon.gov.
To get to the Solar Decathlon 2013 using The Toll Roads:
- Take the 133 Toll Road
- Exit at Irvine Boulevard
- Travel west on Irvine Boulevard
- Turn south (left) onto Sand Canyon
- Turn east (left) onto Trabuco Road and follow to event parking