University of Calgary

Hammering home commitment to education

UToday HomeSeptember 18, 2012

The 2011 solar house. Photo by Riley BrandtThe 2011 solar house. Photo by Riley BrandtConocoPhillips Canada has contributed $60,000 for the group to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon competition next October.

It’s the first major sponsor in an effort to raise $1 million for Team Alberta’s solar house, named Borealis.

“It wouldn’t have been possible to compete in the previous two solar house competitions without the support of ConocoPhillips Canada,” said Carolyn Parker, University of Calgary student and sponsorship lead for the Solar Decathlon 2013 project. “Their continued sponsorship will allow us to start the first phase of development for Solar Decathlon 2013 and help us showcase Western Canadian innovation and spirit in California."

Team Alberta competed in the 2009 and 2011 Solar Decathlon competition with the support of ConocoPhillips Canada. The 2013 solar home is named after the northern lights, Aurora Borealis, and is an affordable concept made for people living in the north. The house is in the developmental stages of architecture, interior design and engineering.

“We believe in investing in opportunities that provide students with practical skills to help them achieve their full potential,” says Barb Simic, manager of community investment & volunteerism at ConocoPhillips Canada.

This year, Team Alberta is comprised of students and faculty from the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). The competition will take place in Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., in October 2013.