Solar Decathlon India is a Net-Zero Building Challenge amongst postgraduate and undergraduate students from Indian institutions to learn and design net-zero-energy-water, affordable, and resilient design solutions for real, live projects, to combat climate change through the buildings sector.


Student teams develop affordable and industry-ready solutions for real projects with the help of online Self-Learning Modules and expert mentorship provided during this year-long challenge. It is a hands-on, practical, innovation-based challenge that moves the construction and real estate industry towards implementing net-zero solutions developed by students.

The 2022-23 Challenge saw 154 teams from 126 academic institutions. About 1,700 students and 179 faculty members registered for the challenge and collaborated with 83 real estate project partners. 

Jury for the of the 2022-23 Challenge

Division Jury Members

Aalok Deshmukh

Aarti Nain

Deepa Parekh

Dhiraj Wadhwa

Harsh Thapar

Jiten Prajapati

Karl Wadia

LR Manjunatha

Manjunath BL

Monish Siripurapu

Nilesh Sonawane

Peeyush Sekhsaria

Samit Bhowmick

Sanjay Prakash

Saswati Chetia

Shailee Goswami

Surya Kakani

Swati Puchalapalli

Movie Jury Members

Arun B. S.

Arun Kashikar

Devaraja T.H.

Jagadeesh Taluri

Kumkum Dasgupta

Manisha Natarajan

Roshini Easow

Grand Jury Members

Abbasali Ookabhoy

Arun B. S.

Arun Kashikar

Devaraja T.H.

Devesh Chandra Srivastava

Habeeb Khan

Harleen Oberoi

Jagadeesh Taluri

Prakhar Aggarwal

Roshini Easow

Sunita Purushottam


IIHS: The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education, research, practice and capacity development institution committed to the equitable sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian cities and settlements. A proposed institution of Eminence (IOE), IIHS aims to transform the current nature of urban education as one of the most important drivers for India’s national development and sustainable global futures. Its interdisciplinary approach to research and practice helps build new global knowledge and trains urban professionals. IIHS is jointly conducting Solar Decathlon India with AEEE.


AEEE: Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) supports policy implementation and enables the energy efficiency market with a not-for-profit motive. AEEE collaborates with diverse stakeholders such as policymakers, government officials, business and industry, consumers, researchers, and civil society organisations, thereby contributing toward meeting India’s goals on energy security, clean energy, and climate change. AEEE is jointly conducting Solar Decathlon India with IIHS.



IUSSTF: The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) is a bilateral organisation that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry. It provides Solar Decathlon India as a platform for innovation towards sustainable economic development, encouraging the use of renewable energy sources and towards promoting the design of buildings that are energy efficient and self-reliant in energy use. 

The Solar Decathlon India 2023-24 Challenge is now underway with five Building Divisions and a new Product Division.

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