Congratulations to The University of Maryland on winning the Solar Decathlon 2011.

Maryland placed first out of 19 teams, edging out the runner up (Purdue) by a little under 20 points.

My alma mater, Middlebury, came in a respectable 4th, climbing up from their 8th place ranking last week when points were still being awarded.

As reported in last week’s post on the Solar Decathlon, the event pits college teams against each other to build an affordable, sustainable, energy efficient home that gets evaluated in a number of categories, including Architecture, Communications, Appliances, Energy Balance and more. 100 points are the maximum for each category. Maryland scored a perfect 100 in Energy Balance and Hot Water and a near-perfect 99.798 in Appliances.

Check out all the details on the competing teams to learn more about this amazing event. Hopefully we’ll see more institutions participate next year.

Solar Decathlon 2011