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Team Living Light stands in front of their completed house on the Washington Mall.

Competition begins today for Team Living Light, UT’s student team competing in the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. Our students have assembled their state-of-the-art house on the Washington Mall in Washington, D.C.

Public tours begin today along with 10 decathlon contests that judge design, sustainability, efficiency, appeal, and cost-effectiveness, among other factors. You can follow the team throughout the competition by visiting their blog at http://livinglightutk.com/blog. You can also follow the team on Twitter and Facebook.

UT’s team faces tough competition from Ohio State, Purdue, the University of Illinois, and groups representing universities in Florida, New Zealand, China, Belgium, and Canada.

You can help Team Living Light by voting for them in the People’s Choice category. Online voting begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday, September 23, at http://www.solardecathlon.gov. Voting will remain open until 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 30.