Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the international event, which challenges 20 university teams from around the world to build asolar-powered home and compete in 10 events, will take place at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., in 2013.
Since the first event in 2002 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., it has been held in the nation’s capital. And it has spawned sister events in Europe and China.
The new location is on former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, which Irvine is turning into sustainable parkland, according to the DOE.
The teams will build their homes on the runway, which will make it easier for teams to set up their homes and won’t damage the land—as the competition had done to the National Mall, since the homes were built on grassy land.