2021-22 Challenge

The Solar Decathlon India 2021-22 Challenge enables student teams to explore affordable building solutions that are innovative and forward looking. Student teams design resilient, net-zero-energy-water buildings for real building projects by partnering with the industry. These designs have to be innovative, affordable, practical, and market-ready.

In the 2021-22 Challenge, teams compete in one of the following six Divisions. The competition guide provides more details about the guidelines and rules.

2021-22 Challenge Divisions

In the 2021-2022  Challenge, participants are evaluated on the following Ten Contests: Energy Performance; Water Performance; Resilience; Affordability; Innovation; Scalability and Market Potential; Health; Architectural Design; Engineering and Operations; and Presentation. The designs proposed by participants are evaluated for all Ten Contests. The competition guide provides more details about the Contests.

2021-22 Challenge Contests

Forming a Team

It’s easy! Post graduate and undergraduate students from any Indian educational institution with any background may form a team. Each team needs to be multidisciplinary, with at least one student from a background in architecture/building science and one in engineering. Each team must have a faculty advisor, who mentors the team. A team can be made up of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 students. Each team must partner with a developer or a client whose project they will work on.

Competition Fee

The competition/registration fee for the 2021-2022 Challenge is a non-refundable fee of INR 6,000 (Indian Rupees Six Thousand only) per team.


For students

This is learning rebooted! Online Self-Learning Modules and webinars by experts in sustainability, help you understand concepts and best practices for high-performance buildings. You get access to mentors in the Technical Resource Group, and licenses to simulation software and tutorials.

This can be a transformational experience! The hands-on experience in developing innovative, net-zero solutions on real projects help you build your network and learn soft skills. Your work can help kickstart your career in research, practice or industry.

Students who make it to the Finals get access to our Internship Program. Last year, we had 28 organisations offering internships to the Finalists. Solar Decathlon India also provides incubation opportunities to select finalist teams.

For educational institutions

Solar Decathlon India provides a platform and support to academic institutions, helping your students learn how to respond to climate change and get placement opportunities.

Students learn about sustainability in an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and problem-solving approach. The online Self-Learning Modules, webinars, and mentors can help faculty to augment the curriculum. There is a mid-year faculty conference in December to discuss their mentoring methods, learn from peers and share ideas to develop curricula related to Climate Change. Participation and success in the challenge gives the institution local and national recognition as a leader in addressing Climate Change.

For Project Partners

A Project Partner can be a developer or another entity that intends to own or invest in a building project. Each participating team collaborates with a Project Partner whose project they will work on. Project Partners get a risk free net-zero-energy-water design solution, and the opportunity to interact with leaders and innovators in the industry. They attend the Design Challenge Finals and see the solutions presented by all teams. They get the opportunity to recruit the best talent in the market, along with the accompanying media exposure.