• Participating university teams will have 13 days to build their solar houses before the competition begins.



Friday, 31st of August

(assembly phase – from 31st August to  12th September)

Place: Villa Solar, Puerta del Ángel concert site, Casa de Campo, Madrid
Time: At 12:00 hrs on Friday “cutting of the ribbon” with trucks and arrival of the teams. (From 9:00 hrs small cranes will start arriving and large cranes during the night. Construction work will last 13 days )











Madrid, 29 August  2012

The Solar Decathlon Europe competition kicks off at 12:00 hours on 31st August with a spectacular image:  four lorries will cut the inaugural ribbon, measuring 13 m long by 1,40 m wide, at the entrance to the Villa Solar, which is located this year at the Puerta del Angel concert site in Madrid’s Casa de Campo.

Straight after, trucks of the participant teams will enter, carrying parts and pre-fabricated modules of their sustainable houses, powered by solar energy alone.  From that moment, they will have 13 days in which to build and test the proper functioning of their facilities before the competition begins.  At the same time, the organizers are elaborating inspections and health and safety checks which each house has to undergo and pass before opening to the public.

In the end, only 19 teams from 13 countries (or 12 countries other than Spain) have managed to reach the final phase and meet the deadlines imposed by the competition: (Germany, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Romania)  (a list of teams is attached)


A “Villa Solar” with free activities for everyone

This year, the Villa Solar will extend over a total of 38.350 m2, and will be open to the public, free of charge, from 14th to 30th September. Apart from viewing the solar houses, visitors will be able to take part in a wide range of free activities focusing on renewable energies, with a special space for children (see timetables and activities on the web:

The second edition of Solar Decathlon Europe is organized by the Ministry of Public Works, Madrid City Council and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), through the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid. Its main sponsors are Schneider Electric and Kömmerling, and its official collaborators: AENA, ADIF, RENFE, INECO y FEVE. It is also supported by The US Department of Energy and the IDAE,


In order to have Access to the Villa Solar during the ASSEMBLY PHASE, you must have a special permit, which can be applied for via the following emails:,, as you will have to follow strict security measures. For safety reasons, visits cannot include more than 15 persons at a time and they will have to wear sporting footwear.


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