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UNLV students design solar-powered house for international competition

Posted at 11:09 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 11:30:18-04

Some hard work is paying off for students at UNLV after they design and build a solar-powered house for an international competition. 

"It's a wonderful feeling," said project engineer Adam Betemedhin.

The 990 square foot home took more than 18 months of planning, designing and building.

"We're hoping to make the city and make our state proud," said Betemedhin.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition will take place next month in Denver.

According to the project engineer, the home was designed to meet a growing social need - aging in place.

In just days, the house is leaving Las Vegas.  Students will have nine days to reassemble it in Denver.

"That experience of working together, makes all of us better designers," said project manager Nasko Balaktchiev.

In 2013, UNLV's entry, Desert Sol, placed first in the US.