A tale of two contractors

NRCA members in New York and California team up to help students compete in the Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing, according to www.solardecathlon.gov.

Since its inception in 2002, the Solar Decathlon has achieved worldwide success by involving 130 collegiate teams, which has positively affected nearly 20,000 participants.

When a team of students from Alfred State—State University of New York (SUNY) College of Technology, a small college of technology in Alfred, N.Y., and Alfred University, a small comprehensive university in Alfred, was selected to compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon Oct. 8-18 in Irvine, Calif., NRCA member Upstate Roofing and Painting, Rochester, N.Y., provided training for the daunting project.

However, the team, which already would be competing against larger schools, would be presented with an additional challenge after it left New York for the West Coast, and Upstate Roofing and Painting was able to call on an NRCA member in California for help.