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The Solar Decathlon is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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Please allow me to thank you again for your support of UK’s entry, the s.ky blue solar house, in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. With your commitment, along with many others, we were able to design, build and transport our solar house to Washington, D.C. and compete with 19 other teams from around the world. Our house finished ninth overall in the scoring, second in the People’s Choice Award, fourth in public tours, fifth in net metering, eighth in entertainment, and ultimately receiving an honorable mention for our competition entry. What a coup for first time competitors!

To create a permanent and long-lasting record of the team’s achievement, Gregory Luhan, s.ky blue solar house co-team leader and College of Design faculty member, wrote a book proposal entitled: Live.Light - The University of Kentucky SKY blue solarhouse that he submitted in February 2010. The publisher accepted the proposal in May 2010 for full-scale publication and international distribution.

The full-color, 8”x8”, 64-page publication will include an Introduction by President Lee T. Todd, Jr. a Foreword by Paul Kaplan, essays by Donald Colliver and Gregory Luhan that capture the team’s synergy, its creativity, its collaboration, and its lessons learned, and an Afterword by Michael Speaks.

This writing couples with a series of stunning photographic images, renderings, and drawings that depict the s.ky blue solar house throughout its design and construction processes, and its exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, DC and on the UK campus Main Lawn.

The book is nearing design completion and will be printed and ready for distribution in time for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in late September 2010. This publication will be used as a tool for visitors, community, and corporate leaders. It will tell our story to readers around the world.

It is a terrific way to portray the essence of the house—from concept to competition. And, it is a terrific public relations tool for you as a sponsor. We want readers to know who made this project possible, so we are including a two page list of sponsors with corporate logos.

We ask that you consider one of several ways you can help get the book published. Your gift is tax deductible (minus the value of the books you receive).

Again, thank you for your support of the UK s.ky blue solar house. The project has brought many accolades to the university and the sponsors. That level of recognition comes once in a lifetime, so please help us give this very special project a retrievable, permanent, and long-lasting record of UK’s s.ky blue solar house. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of our request.

Ways to Give

Monetary contributions may be made two ways: on-line or by check.  For online giving opportunities, go to:
solarhouse book” and then follow the instructions to make your gift.  All gifts made via the UK website are secure and confidential.  Your credit card number and information will not be shared with other entity outside the Development gift process.

To make a gift by check, make it payable to the University of Kentucky, noting on the check that the gift is designated for the Solarhouse Book.  Send your check to:

Ms. Marci Hicks
College of Agriculture
Agriculture Advancement Office
E.S. Good Barn
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY  40546-0097

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and would like more information, please contact Marci Hicks at marci.hicks@uky.edu or by phone at 859.257.7200.

Thank you for your support of the s.ky blue solarhouse and the Live.Light Publication!