Solar Decathlon India invites postgraduate and undergraduate student teams from Indian institutions to join forces to combat Climate Change. This is an opportunity for student teams to design net-zero-energy-water buildings, contributing to real projects, while partnering with the leaders in real estate development.

Solar Decathlon India helps students stay a step ahead and introduce innovative and affordable market-ready solutions. This is the resilient and carbon-neutral way forward for our sustainable buildings and communities.

Jury members of 2021-22

Meet the jury panel that will be picking the winning teams at the Design Challenge Finals 2022!

The jurors are experts in the building industry and have vast experience working on net-zero and efficient building projects. The finalist teams will be presenting their final designs to these Division juries on May 7th. The winners of the 6 Divisions will then present to the Grand Jury, composed of experts from the real estate industry and a media expert.

There is also a jury panel who will review the movies submitted by the teams and present the Best Move Award.

Find out more about the jury here.

Design Challenge Finals 2022

Lo and behold, presenting the Design Challenge Finals 2022!

Over the last 9 months, the students have put in immense hard work to design real net-zero projects and make a difference in the building sector in India. And now, it is their time to shine.

On May 7th and 8th 2022, 35 finalist teams will present their net-zero building designs to expert jurors from the building industry. There will be an interesting line-up of inspiring speeches, winner announcements, and countless net-zero innovations and technologies! Watch the event live on our YouTube channel and check out the agenda here.

Finalists announced!

35 teams have entered the finals in the Solar Decathlon India 2021-22 Challenge. These teams are collectively working on 35 real net-zero building projects with solutions that are scalable, market-ready and can make a real-world impact. The designs submitted by many of the teams were found to reduce water consumption and recycle up to 80% of greywater, onsite. The solutions minimised energy consumption while providing thermal comfort to occupants.

The 35 finalist teams will present the final work of their live building projects to the jury at the Design Challenge Finals on 7 and 8 May 2022.

Ticket to the Finals event

On 7th March 2022 at  7pm, a virtual event was conducted to announce the finalists of the 2021-22 Challenge.

The finalists for each division was announced by members of the expert reviewer panel of Solar Decathlon India. An additional jury panel with members from the real estate industry was also present at the event. They talked about their impressions of the work done by students and how the ideas that the students have come up with can benefit the real estate industry.

Watch the event on our YouTube channel and cheer for the finalists:

64 teams competed for their place in the Finals

In the 2021-22 Challenge, 64 teams competed for their place in the finals. Up to 7 teams in each division were chosen and given their tickets.

Watch the Ticket to the Finals event, on our YouTube channel:





Welcoming participants of the 2021-22 Challenge

The Solar Decathlon India ecosystem is growing bigger!
This year we had 99 teams comprising 1270 students, from 84 institutions, guided by 157 faculty mentors. They took up the challenge to design net-zero energy water and climate resilient buildings that are affordable and market-ready.

Solar Decathlons US-India Global Meet-up

Solar Decathlon US-India’s first virtual Global Meetup was held on November 17th, 2021! Alumni from Solar Decathlons in the USA and India came together, network and talked to like-minded individuals about current research, practice and market trends related to topics such as future of cooling, renewables and grid interactivity, resilience and net-zero-water, and affordable scalable buildings.

Check out the brochure here.


Paper on Solar Decathlon India in the ECEEE Summer Study

This paper published in the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer study discusses the results from the Solar Decathlon India challenge where young professionals collaborate to innovate and combat climate change by designing net-zero buildings.  The paper talks about how the challenge supports India to lead with commitment and innovation in achieving the SDGs and the National Action Plan on Climate Change.

Read the paper here.

Game on, Climate Change!

According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2020, there is no place on earth that will escape the impacts of climate change. It has become immediate and personal to all of us. Developments are COP26 has cemented the global commitment towards net-zero, and the building sector has a responsibility.

Read this article by Prasad Vaidya on the Solar Decathlon India and find out how buildings can become a significant part of the solution.

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Faculty Development Programme for Faculty Mentors

A virtual Faculty Development Programme was held on September 17 and 18 for Faculty Leads and Advisors of teams registered in the 2021-22 Challenge. The programme discussed how faculty mentors can become future-ready educators and mentors to students interested in becoming leaders for net-zero. The event had experts talk about guiding students to innovate and solve real-world problems to combat Climate Change.

Check out the brochure here.

Alumni present at US-India Clean Energy Partnership event

The event celebrated Solar Decathlon India and recognized the efforts of students and the industry for innovating climate change solutions in the building sector.  Solar Decathlon India alumni Khushi Daxini and Nathulal Suthar Team Ferb talked about their educational building from the 2020-21 Challenge and their use of kinetic facades and radiant cooling systems to achieve efficiency.

Read about the event in the release from Department of Science and Technology here.


Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

Solar Decathlon India contributes to 11 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through their projects, participants increased access of communities to clean energy, water, sanitation and waste management. Their projects increased access to affordable, good quality and resilient housing. Their buildings operate on renewable energy, and use rainwater and treated wastewater to reduce stress on freshwater sources. Their designs also keep inhabitants safe and ensure that critical operations function during disasters.

Paving pathways for a Zero-Carbon future

MacArthur Foundation has provided outstanding support to Solar Decathlon India to enable real and market-ready innovation from 1100+ students and 150+ faculty mentors working towards decarbonizing the construction sector in India! Moutushi Sengupta describes Solar Decathlon India’s role in establishing a resilient and carbon-neutral pathway for buildings in communities in India.

2020-21 Challenge Finalists and their work

The Finalists of the 2020-21 Challenge came up with some incredible innovations that could be scaled up for larger impact, to effectively address Climate Change. Based on these innovations, 9 teams were chosen for lateral entry into the business incubation programme by Climate Launchpad India.

Check out the 2020-21 Challenge Finalists and their work!


DesignBuilder makes building performance simulations easy. It contains a suite of state of the art performance analysis tools in an easy-to-use interface, trusted by engineers, architects and energy assessors the world over. Teams who register get access to DesignBuilder to test their design ideas.

Click here to see how the teams used simulations in the 2020-21 Challenge.


2020-21 Winners

The Grand Winner of the 2020-21 Challenge

Team Archons was the Grand Winner in 2020-21 Challenge. Check out the winners and runners up of the 4 Divisions.






“Publish the 5 final entries [of the Community Resilience Shelter Division] in a journal and present it to the National Disaster Management Authority as a ready-to-use playbook.”
L Venkatesh, Director, Invicara

We are learning different approaches to sustainability. Our project partner Navira has the Saptha Patha concept of sustainability including land, people and food, whereas our industry partner, Passive House Institute based in Germany, have a different approach to how they deal with resilience.

Ramya Kannan, Participant, School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada

With the self-learning modules, the faculty got involved, and even the team members who were not part of the decathlon team showed interest because there was so much knowledge being shared through the modules. We were able to update ourselves with the latest technology.

Minny Sastry, Faculty, RV College of Architecture

I am very impressed by the team and I will take it away and implement their work. They have helped us reduce the cost by 30% and this makes it even more attractive as a design

Manu Gupta, Co-Founder, SEEDS India

This competition differentiates itself from any other competition that I have been in, because through this we have an opportunity to make real-world impact. I never thought I would approach people and companies outside in the first few years of my professional life, let alone as a college student.

Vikram Srikanth, Participant, Manipal Institute of Technology

Honestly speaking, I like the design that they have presented more than what we have for the building right now. The direction which the team is taking is very much in line with what the industry is taking.

Guruprakash Sastry, Regional Head, Infosys

This is a great initiative, as very rarely do students get an opportunity to work on a live project. The learning is immense. Solar Decathlon India is creating a great bridge that is bringing together academia, the industry and the practical experience.

Neha Kulkarni, Visiting Faculty, Sushant University