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The Solar House

The Engineering Place at the NC State Solar House and Garage Classroom is an authentic research and K-20 educational facility showcasing clean, reusable, energy-efficient living on NC State’s Main Campus.

This 4,000-square-foot complex offers a unique place for students, parents, teachers, and the public to learn and experience smart sustainable technologies through house tours and hands-on engineering activities. We can work with your student group to customize an event to meet your educational needs!

The Solar House is operated by The Engineering Place at the College of Engineering and is located at 1201 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606, next to the McKimmon Conference Center.

As the primary purpose of the Solar House is for STEM education and outreach, anyone looking for information on solar home construction or personal home improvements should contact the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. If you have questions, please email us at

North Side of Solar House, Fall 2021

K-12 Schools, join us on Friday, September 30th at the NC State Solar House!

Visit us to tour the house & complete an engineering challenge on sustainable energy! Click here to register your K-12 school for one of the time slots listed below.

Friday, September 30K-12 School Visit – available to all schools8:30 am – 2:30 pm
8:30 am – 9:45 am
10:00 am – 11:15 am
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Registering for the event does not guarantee selection to attend. We will inform you of your selection status two weeks prior to the event. Seating is limited to 35 students per time slot. Parking is free and available.

Photo of front side of the NC State Solar House
NC State College of Engineering Solar House in Fall 2021 at 1201 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606.
Solar House, Spring 2022
The back yard of Solar House, Spring 2022
Solar House Garage Classroom, Spring 2022
Solar House Back Yard, Spring 2022

Solar House Virtual Tour

Solar House Virtual Tour, 2020.

Enjoy this 1981 video of The Solar House Construction!

Dedicated and opened to the public in 1981, the Solar House at NC State University is one of the most visible and visited solar buildings in the state and the nation. Over the last two decades, more than 300,000 people from around the world have toured the facility.

This video was pulled together using photos that were taken during the construction of the house.


Construction video of the Solar House in 1981

Construction Video of the NC State Solar House, 1981.