For many homeowners, the idea of finding an affordable solar company and retrofitting their homes with solar panels is too costly and time-consuming. What if homeowners could instead buy a solar-powered house straight off the production line?

These self-powered homes may be coming to a neighborhood near you in a not-so-distant future.

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected Portland, Oregon-based Phase3 Photovoltaics, the company behind the idea of prefabricated solar homes, as one of two winners of the first round competition for the American-Made Solar Prize, worth a total of $3 million dollars.

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