The Organizers

The Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) is the organizer of the Solar Decathlon Africa Design Challenge 2024, alongside the Green & Smart Bulding Park (GSBP) and in collaboration with Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This international competition invites students to design innovative, net-zero energy buildings that meet the specific needs of Africa. The competition is entirely online, and students have to propose solutions for real construction projects, in collaboration with local partners. The finalist teams will have the opportunity to present their projects at an in-person event in June 2024 is in Ben Guerir. IRESEN is proud to support the Solar Decathlon Africa Design Challenge 2024, which represents a unique opportunity for students to develop their skills, show their creativity, collaborate with local actors, and contribute to the energy transition and sustainable development of Africa. IRESEN wishes to foster innovation, collaboration and leadership in the field of sustainable construction, and hopes that this competition will inspire the future actors of clean energy in Africa and in the world.


The Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) was created in the margin of the “Energy Forum” in 2011 at the initiative of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment and several public and private actors of the energy sector in order to support the national energy strategy through market-oriented applied research and innovation in the field of green technologies. IRESEN is today a major actor supporting the national energy strategy and positions itself on the entire value chain of green innovation, through its two instruments :

  • Infrastructures: Network of research and innovation platforms in green technologies.
  • Agency of Means: Funding of collaborative applied research and innovation projects.

The Institute also contributes to the development of technological roadmaps in the clean energy sector: Solar Resources, Electric Mobility, Green Hydrogen…

About GSPB

The Green and Smart Building Park (GSBP): an innovative platform dedicated to research and development in the field of green buildings, energy efficiency and smart grids. The GSBP contributes to the development of tomorrow’s sustainable city through the integration of renewable energies and digitalization by pooling the resources and efforts of various academic and socio-economic partners in the sectors of sustainable construction and smart grids.

About UM6P

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is a multi-disciplinary institution focused on applied research and innovation, with a focus on Africa, and the ambition of becoming one of the world’s leading universities in these fields. Committed to economic and human development, the university puts research, educational innovation and entrepreneurship at the service of Morocco’s and Africa’s development, industrial transformation, digitization, R&D and technology transfer. This positioning enables it to consolidate Morocco’s avant-garde position in these fields, through the implementation of a unique partnership approach and the reinforcement of the training offer in skills relevant to Africa’s future. In addition to its branch located in the heart of the green city of Benguerir, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University has branches in Rabat and Laâyoune, and provides members of its community with access to a variety of experimental and laboratory platforms.