Call for Cities

The Energy Endeavour Foundation is pleased to announce the official SDE21 Call for Cities. The Energy Endeavour Foundation is soliciting cities to host the 2021 Solar Decathlon Europe, the ultimate international university-level competition for resource-responsible and energy-efficient architecture and engineering. In the footsteps of Madrid, Versailles and Szentendre, the next European host city will champion the SDE objectives & values of student-driven innovation & energy-efficiency.

Initiated in 2002 by the United States Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon competition is based on 10 contests, in which teams compete in the design, construction and management of individual, solar-powered, and resource-efficient homes. The houses are brought to the competition site (‘solar village’) and assembled within ten days. The site becomes an open forum and exhibition, where the houses are operated, demonstrated to the public, and evaluated by a jury of renowned international adjudicators.

The desginated SDE21 Host City will promote the educational, economic, and energy-security benefits of renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource responsibility by demonstrating technologies that can effectively be deployed in our fast-growing and future communities.

An international movement, editions of the Solar Decathlon competition take place in the U.S., Europe, China, Latin America, with upcoming editions scheduled for the Middle East and Africa. Through the SDE competition, thousands of decathletes majoring in architecture, engineering, finance, environmental science are learning by building, developing other skill sets contributing to their future professions, including teamwork, fundraising, project management and communication.

Endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Endeavour Foundation is the official stewarding body of the Solar Decathlon Europe. Full Applications are due by November 2, 2018. Organisations interested in hosting the SDE21 are invited to visit the SDE website to download the official Call for Cities documentation:

Questions regarding the bidding process can be sent to:

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