sde23_ Call for Cities
and… webinar!

Important Note: The Energy Endeavour Foundation (EEF, governing body of the Solar Decathlon Europe, or SDE) and the SDE23 Host City Executives (EFdeN) have made a joint decision to close the Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 edition in Bucharest, Romania. Further information is available in the article here:

Update: Bucharest, Romania has been designated by the EEF as Host City for the upcoming Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 (SDE23). The announcement is here:

On October 16th, 2020 at 11h30 CET summer time (GMT+2) the Energy Endeavour Foundation will host a webinar to present information on the Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 Call for Cities. Interested cities across Europe can dial in for this virtual presentation through a scheduled ZOOM meeting. The webinar will provide a short, comprehensive recap of the SDE23 Call for Cities and review important information regarding timelines, requirements and criteria for bidding cities. 

The Webinar will be accessible via the following link:
Meeting ID: 966 0448 2178
Passcode: sde23c4c

In case you are not able to join in the Webinar, it will be made available as an online video stream through the SDE website. The EEF looks forward to connecting with those interested in the SDE23 during this upcoming SDE23 Call for Cities Webinar.

Combine youth, resource responsibility, and competition to activate greatest interest in a sustainable future. Empower next generations and clean energy workforces. Stimulate growth through corporate sponsorship and entrepreneurial spirit. Showcase design and technologies that teach us how to live responsibly. Establish your city as a leader in energy transition. Make a difference.

The Energy Endeavour Foundation looks forward to inspirational applications from potential host cities for the next edition of the ultimate international university level Competition for resource efficient architecture and engineering. The Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) is student- driven, multi-disciplinary and workforce-oriented. With continued emphasis on innovation, science and technology, the upcoming SDE23 Competition will continue to raise energy literacy through this inspirational public event in responsible living.

Initiated in 2002 by the United States Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon focuses on 10 contests, in which Teams compete in the design, construction and management of full scale, individual, solar-powered dwellings. These are assembled on a ‘solar village’ site in approximately ten days, creating an open forum and exhibition, where the buildings are operated, demonstrated to the public, and evaluated by a jury of renowned international adjudicators. A worldwide movement, Solar Decathlon chapters take place in the U.S., Europe, China, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and India.

Thousands of Decathletes majoring in architecture, engineering, communication, finance, environmental science, and renewable energy management are learning by building, becoming our ambassadors for energy literacy and behavioural change.

The designated SDE23 Host City will promote the educational, economic, and energy-security benefits of renewable energy, and resource responsibility by demonstrating technologies that can effectively be deployed in our fast-growing communities. SDE villages become public forums and living labs, educating wide audiences through accessible, affordable innovations and technologies, all contributing to responsible habitation. This singular learning-by-building experience galvanises workforce development, inspiring students toward careers in sectors that include design, architecture, engineering, communication, finance, and renewable energy management.

The SDE Competition and exhibition venues connect people through activities that are plentiful, varied, and engaging: technical demonstrations, conferences, cultural activities, and partner stands are integral parts of any SDE solar village. The SDE Host City is promoted as a capital of sustainability for citizens and visitors from all over the world. Public house tours are provided by Decathletes themselves, for first-hand experiences on the comfort and savings in homes that combine energy-efficient construction, home systems, appliances, and innovative design with onsite renewable energy production.

Parties interested in hosting the Solar Decathlon Europe 2023 are invited to download the accompanying documentation here:

Letters of intent are expected by October 16th, 2020. Full Applications are due on November 27th, 2020. A webinar will be held on October 16th, to present the criteria and evaluation process. Questions regarding the bidding process can be sent before October 23rd, 2020 to the Energy Endeavour Foundation at:

Energy Endeavour Foundation – 19 February 2021