Like the Olympic decathlon, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon consists of 10 contests. The contests evaluate cost-effective design; innovation balanced with market potential; water and energy efficiency; energy production and time-of-use energy; and communications strategies.
Each Solar Decathlon contest is worth a maximum of 100 points, for a potential competition total of 1,000 points.
Teams can earn points three ways:
1. Task completion
2. Monitored performance
3. Jury evaluation