The 2018 Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean will take place in June in Cali, Colombia. In addition to the basic principles of the Solar Decathlon, potential teams are asked to focus on housing solutions specifically for the Latin America and Caribbean region that are affordable, meet the needs of occupants with reduced mobility, are suitable for dense urban areas, and make efficient use of natural resources.
Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean was first conceived in March 2014, through a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Department of Energy and the government of Colombia. The first competition took place in December 2015. On November 21, 2016, representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy; the National Planning Department (DNP) and the Ministry of Mining and Energy (MME) of the Republic of Colombia; and the State of Valle del Cauca, Colombia signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development of the second Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean in 2018.