They say that imitation is one of the best forms of flattery, so it is exciting to hear that China will hold its own Solar Decathlon competition in 2013. The Chinese event was announced last week after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Department of Energy, China’s National Energy Administration, Peking University, and Applied Materials. “I hope the competition will inspire a lot of Chinese college students to open up their minds and build their carreers in developing innovative technologies and practices in renewable energy and building energy efficiency,” said Yu Pingrong, research professor and director of the Center of Solar Energy at Peking University. This latest news follows hot on the heels of the Solar Decathlon’s announcement that this year’s competition will not take place on the National Mall. Students still remain in limbo until the organization decides where the 2011 competition will be held.

+ Solar Decathlon China Announcement

Note: The image is a mock-up of what the author envisions the Solar Decathlon would look like inside the Forbidden City