Madrid, 13 th of September  2012

This morning, Minister of Public Works Ana Pastor, together with Mayor of Madrid Ana Botella and UPM Rector Carlos Conde, officially opened Solar Decathlon Europe 2012, the international competition for sustainable solar houses, whose second edition is this year being held in Madrid from 14th to 30th September at the Villa Solar (Puerta del Angel concert site in Casa de Campo).

After the opening ceremony, they toured the Villa Solar, where they had a chance to view the houses of the 19 teams of university students from 12 different countries, which are competing in the Solar Decathlon Europe to build the most efficient house powered by the sun alone.

For the two weeks of the competition, the Villa Solar will be open to the public free of charge and there are all kinds of activities organized for children, young people, university students, professionals and the general public.

Solar Decathlon Europe is organized by the Ministry of Public Works, Madrid City Council and the Madrid Polytechnic University (UPM) via its Higher Technical School of Arquitecture (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid). Its main sponsors are Schneider Electric and Kömmerling, & its official collaborators include AENA, ADIF, RENFE, INECO y FEVE. It is also supported by the US Departament  of Energy and  the  IDAE.

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