WVU Solar

West Virginia University – University of Rome tor Vergata

Solar Decathlon:


Sustainable Technologies Integrated as a Learning Experience

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon



West Virginia University will create a self-sufficient house for a self-sufficient family—a reflection of Appalachia culture and history.

Appalachian Culture

Appalachian Culture

The PEAK Solar House will be designed as a log cabin. This design was chosen to demonstrate the heritage and homey, old-fashioned aesthetic of the hills of West Virginia.

Modern Society

Modern Society

The WVU Solar House will incorporate a smart home system that utilizes sensors for various unique and exciting features. The sensors include motion, noise, light, biometric, and weather.

Hello my name is Sharrafti Kuzmar and I’m a computer engineering major at WVU. Working on the WVU Solar Decathlon house has been a great experience; I could go on to list everything I’ve learned, but that would take forever! Starting construction of the house was exciting, exhilarating, and terrifying. How would someone like me [...]

Check out how West Virginia, home of PEAK, measures up in the Appalachian Solar Showdown! A comparison of solar energy and solar jobs between Appalachian states West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  Tennessee may take the cake in number of solar jobs, but West Virginia leads in the grading of Metering Policy. Thank [...]

WVU Solar Decathlon is an official student-led organization addressing modern family and economical needs in order to produce an attractive, commercially viable solar house.

In 2013, West Virginia University, for the first time ever, has the opportunity to compete in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The idea for WVU to enter the competition was started by the engineering students from the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Numerous subgroups along with the different colleges of the University will aid in the creation of the WVU Solar House. The colleges include the College of Business and Economics, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design, and College of Creative Arts.

U.S. Department of Energy: Solar Decathlon