Gallery: 6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decath...

The 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe kicks off this weekend as 19 teams of students from around the world unveiled stunning solar-powered homes in the heart of Madrid. This year's teams combined cutting-edge eco technology and green building strategies with tremendous creativity to achieve the decathlon's goal of creating the world's most efficient sun-powered house. From cylindrical solar homes that generate two times more energy than they consume to Passivhauses inspired by traditional architecture and modular prefab marvels, read on for 6 of our favorite projects in the European Solar Decathlon - and stay tuned for our exclusive coverage this weekend!

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