solar decathlon beams in colombia

The first Solar Decathlon in Latin America was a huge success in Cali, Colombia!

The Solar Decathlon Latin America & Carribean was launched on December 4, 2015, after a signed Memorandum of Understanding between representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy
and the city of Cali, Colombia. The agreement marks an eager collaboration toward the development
of the SDLAC, with another edition planned for 2019. Success indeed!

In this first SDLAC edition, projects adapted to tropical climate needs while responding to social housing solutions as a positive impact for the regional community. The importance of cultural, economic and climatic conditions encouraged competing teams toward innovative, economical and accessible house designs and living solutions.

Onsite, an introductory pavillion set the stage with sponsors and partners creating an ambiance of effervescent interest, networking and collaboration. This choreography and trade-show atmosphere encouraged a thread of pedagogy for the general public, another means toward energy awareness and national sustainable growth.

The University del Valles played an important role with monitoring and scoring, partnering with the SDLAC
to provide, through research, new technical initiatives for this huge component in any SD competition.

Education and social awareness were given a spotlight through various stands and displays while Cali’s dynamic culture was celebrated with a rich programme of events, lectures, musical acts
and creative initiatives. The atmosphere was convivial and the sense of community was palpable. A truly multi-generational event, families gathered to visit the 15 energy-efficient houses, enjoying house tours, demonstrations and festivities well into the warm evenings.

Congrats to La Casa Uruguaya, the winner of the first Solar Decathlon Latin America & Caribbean!
The Solar Decathlon worldwide community looks forward to another compelling edition in December 2019,
which will be hosted again in Cali, Colombia. Onward Cali!