The U.S. Department of Energy confirmed that the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition and XPO will commence as originally scheduled despite the Government shutdown. The Decathlon will take place October 3 through 13, 2013, at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. The competition houses will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6, 2013, and Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13, 2013.
The Decathlon is funded, in part, by last year’s federal funding and, in part, by at least 30 private-sector sponsors. Federal employee participation will be limited to personnel essential to allow the show to proceed.
Additional Sources: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon