U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman explains, “President Obama’s Climate Action Plan calls on the United States to work with other nations to lead the world to a cleaner, more prosperous future. By working together with partner nations like Colombia, we can increase global energy security and confront the challenges of a changing climate. Building on successful international Solar Decathlons in Europe and China, the U.S. Energy Department looks forward to Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean supporting a new generation of engineers, architects and energy entrepreneurs in Latin America while driving clean energy innovation and sustainable development worldwide.”
Colombia’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Amylkar Acosta, says. “Although we have a clean energy matrix, mainly hydro, we are working towards diversifying it by incorporating more renewable sources. We consider the Solar Decathlon a unique opportunity to generate incentives among our Latin American and Caribbean students to use their innovative skills to design buildings that are energy efficient and self-sufficient, contributing to national and regional sustainable growth.”
Under terms of the MOU the DOE, Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Department of Planning of Colombia, and the City of Santiago de Cali will host the first Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean to take place in Santiago de Cali in late 2015.