The MorningStar Solar Home is a net-zero home: it produces as much (and even more) energy as it consumes. It is currently used in sustainable housing education efforts through research and outreach activities. The MorningStar Solar Home is about to be integrated in the Penn State HyRES Lab and will serve as a residence for a graduate student to test the house systems in real life conditions.
MorningStar Pennsylvania, built for the 2007 Solar Decathlon, creates a vision for 21st century homebuilding that encompasses communities of all cultures, climates, and incomes. Engineered for transport to Washington, D.C., the home was first assembled at Penn State. During the decathlon, thousands of visitors toured the competing homes while the student teams used their homes to score points in ten decathlon contests including architecture, engineering, lighting, and marketability. The Penn State team scored fourth place overall in the field of 20 international universities. At the close of the decathlon, students disassembled MorningStar Pennsylvania and transported it back to Penn State University, where it stands permanently for the benefit of the State College and Penn State Communities.
The MorningStar solar home represents an important step in Penn State's advancing leadership in energy solutions for the future. The MorningStar solar home will serve as a teaching and research facility dedicated to renewable energy systems and energy efficient technologies.
The MorningStar home is located at the Sustainability Experience Center on Penn State's University Park Campus (see map here). We are scheduling a limited number of tours for small groups (max ~20 people).
Travel Tip: When traveling via the Blue Loop, get off the bus at the Jordan East Parking lot, cross Porter Road and walk toward the tall wind turbine.
To request a tour, please complete our online form.