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Coal City in China Hosts Asia's First Solar Decathlon, Moves Towards Cleaner Energy

Rodrigo Mejia

For over 10 years, coal has been the economic heart in the city of Datong, China--giving it the reputation of being one of the more polluted cities in the nation. Recently, however, Datong played host to Asia's first-ever Solar Decathlon in an attempt to rebrand itself as a city eager to loosen its dependency on coal. Over a 2 week period, 20 teams from around the world competed at building a single-family home run entirely by solar panels. The event also served as a testing ground for new tech.

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