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Solar Decathlon Europe Taking Place in Madrid This Month...

The Solar Decathlon Europe, which takes place every other year, is being held in Madrid, Spain. This is the first time the contest will be taking place outside the United States. The contest will take place from June 18 to 27. Over 20 universities have been selected to participate.

The goal of the Solar Decathlon Europe is to educate people about the field of renewable energy, particular solar energy. Universities in Spain, Mexico, the USA, Brazil, China, Germany, the UK, Israel, Finland, and France have taken on the challenge of designing and building a 75m2 housing unit that is solely reliant on solar energy.

The houses are evaluated by a jury using a set of ten criteria which include architectural design, energy efficiency, and comfort.

http://www.eu2010.es/en/agenda/grupostrabajoycomites/jun22_decathlon.html