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NU’s Solar house faces stiff competition

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A solar powered house designed and built by a team of Northwestern students stands in ninth place half way through the U.S  Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.  Eleven teams are vying for top spot. 

A solar powered house designed and built by a team of Northwestern students stands in ninth place half way through the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Eleven teams are vying for top spot. 

The scoring so far.

The NU house, called Enable, has been transported to Denver, Colorado for the ten day long competition which wraps up on Sunday.

It will find a permanent home back in Evanston following the contest. Long-time resident Jerry Brennan is finalizing the deal to have the house moved to his lot at 1402 Lincoln St. 

Brennan’s cottage adjacent to golf  course

His current house on the edge of Canal Shores Golf Course is being disassembled by the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse and the material from the home donated to the society.

Brennan is watching the team’s progress closely. He’s cheering for them to keep climbing in the standings, but says he will have a terrific home to live in regardless of how it fares in the competition. 

 I would love them to win, but either way will be a great place to live. If it all works out, I will be very fortunate. It’s a great opportunity.”

Brennan is still ironing out details of the agreement with Northwestern. He is hoping to be living in his  new energy efficient home within six months.

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