Not sure yet on parking/fee situation. More details to come, I'm sure.
In the meantime, here's a little more info.
http://www.cityofirvine.org/services/so ... athlon.asp
Some 64,000 visitors experienced the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, held over eight days in October at the Orange County Great Park. And now, those visitors and more will be able to return, as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Irvine City Council have agreed to a return competition, October 8-11 and October 15-18, 2015 at the Orange County Great Park. The city-owned Great Park is the centerpiece of the approximately 1,300-acre, publically owned portion of the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro.
The ability to use the Great Park as an incubator for environmental sustainability is nowhere more evident than being the host site for the biannual U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The 2013 event was held for the first time outside of Washington D.C., as the City of Irvine won the application process over more than 20 other major U.S. cities.
University teams from around the world designed and built 19 solar houses that were set up along the former base's runways that promoted energy efficiency and the use of student-designed and newly invented energy-efficient products as well as recyclable materials. The Solar Decathlon was a perfect match for promoting energy-efficient living.
The impressions from the next event likely will influence homebuilders, who will be further influenced by consumer interest, education and demand promoted through the Solar Decathlon 2015. The City of Irvine, and the destination location Orange County Great Park, will be proud hosts once again, providing continued support to the endeavors of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
FWIW, there will be a Team Orange County. Team members will be from UC Irvine (UCI), Chapman University, Irvine Valley College (IVC) and Saddleback College.
Team Orange County: University of California, Irvine; Chapman University; Irvine Valley College; and Saddleback College
Team website: http://www.teamoc2015.com/
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Teaming up for their first U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition, the University of California, Irvine; Chapman University; Irvine Valley College; and Saddleback College are building a Spanish-inspired, solar-powered house for Southern California. Motivated by Orange County's climate, lifestyle, and cultural heritage, Casa Del Sol is conceived at the nexus of sustainability, nature, and conservation.
Casa Del Sol will mimic the California poppy, the state flower. Like the poppy, the house is drought-resistant and diurnal. Its passive solar features cause it to open up during the day, increasing the effective living area. At night, the house closes to maintain a comfortable temperature.
This ultra-efficient house will embody innovation in energy and water management, home automation, and community interaction to adapt itself to its occupants' needs and use. In addition, the house will incorporate design and construction techniques that respond to a market lacking housing that is energy-efficient, affordable, and adaptable to the needs of a diverse and ever-changing demographic.