Morocco inaugurates solar village for Solar Decathlon African competition
London, Sep 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The maiden edition of Solar Decathlon Africa has produced its first wonder-a mini solar village of 20 houses built by participants in Benguérir, Morocco.
The village was put together in three weeks as part of the Solar Decathlon Africa, a competition aimed at having students build modern houses that run exclusively on solar energy.
The competition is organised by the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water, and the Environment (MEMEE) in partnership with the Moroccan Research Institute in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) as well as Mohammed VI POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY (UM6P),
The competition is aligned with the Moroccan objectives: To conceptualize low energy-consuming buildings that reach the bid of net zero energy buildings.
In order to emphasize the significance of Solar Decathlon AFRICA, the contestants have to integrate regional sustainable raw materials while working on the components of the building. It is strongly recommended to enhance the African specificities.
Contestants from around the globe are invited to compete in building solar-powered houses that are highly energy-efficient, affordable, and comfortable to live in.
For the 2019 edition, the competition pitted 20 teams from 58 international universities against each other. These teams consisted of architects, engineers, designers, communicators, fundraisers and builders.
In total, nearly 1200 students were invited to design and build smart houses that run exclusively on solar energy. These energy self-sufficient homes are equipped with technologies that maximise energy efficiency.
The competing houses will be evaluated on the basis of about ten criteria defined by the organisation and the team in order to determine the winner. Once the houses are built in the solar village, each team will have to simulate a way of life in these modern houses.
Several countries are taking part in this competition: Malaysia, Algeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, DRC, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, India, France, Senegal, Turkey, Germany, the United States and Romania.
Solar Decathlon, in Africa at last…
The Solar Decathlon is an initiative of Richard King of the U.S. Government’s Department of Energy. The Solar Decathlon was first held in 2002 in Washington, DC-USA.
After touring Europe (2010), Asia (2011), Latin America (2015) and the Middle East (2018), the competition is finally settling in Africa.
An arrival that brings a new wind to the construction of sustainable cities in Africa. For a few more days, everyone can experience the green city in Africa, as the doors of the solar village remain open in Benguerir until 27 September.