"We talked about it, we sat down and we said we can make something off the charts and really high tech but we looked around, it was just after Irene, we were kind of talking about it, and we decided we need to make a difference and this is the best way we knew to go about it," says Norwich senior Caleb Burrington.
"The students are really driving this project. I'm serving as a guard rail to make sure the project doesn't go off the cliff someplace, but they're really driving it," says Matt Lutz with Norwich University.
"We're not just showing how a solar-powered house is constructed, we're showing how a solar-powered house is designed, constructed, delivered to the public and sold," Lutz says.
"I get to come out here actually and see how things are built and how a project -- typical delays, typical things that go wrong. You get to see hands on exactly what goes on in construction," says junior Brad Paiskier.
The house must be finished by July and shipped to Irvine, California in time for the October competition.
"I think we're going to contribute to changing the discussion of solar powered housing in the U.S.," Lutz says. "We can show that there isn't magic behind solar power. It's off the shelf, its ready and it works, and it can be affordable."
The price-tag on the Norwich solar house, when it is completed, is expected to run about $145,000.
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