Vermont's entries in this year's Solar Decathlon are on their way.
Teams from Norwich University and Middlebury College were recognized at a Statehouse sendoff Tuesday morning.
Students spent the past two years designing and building solar homes that will compete with entries from 18 other schools in the Department of Energy-sponsored competition.
Middlebury's home features a covered solar path and is designed with community and neighbors in mind.
"Middlebury's all about local," said Ari Lattanzi, a Middlebury team member. "So, it's really about addressing where the home is and try to work within the community and ensure using local materials and things that have a low impact on energy and transportation and really connecting with the surrounding neighborhood."
For Norwich, it's all about affordability, inspired by the housing needs after Tropical Storm Irene.
"Trying to make a difference for the lower income half of Vermont. The housing crisis and affordable-- quality affordable housing is really a big drive for us," said Caleb Burrington, a member of the Norwich team.
It's Middlebury's second time in the contest. Two years ago, the Middlebury team placed fourth overall.
Vermont is one of only two states to have two entries. Both homes are being shipped to Irvine, Calif., where the contest gets underway Oct. 3.
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