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Solar District Cup

Solar District Cup

Challenging multidisciplinary student teams to design and model optimized distributed energy systems for a campus or urban district. Read Overview...
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Overview

Welcome to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition!

The Solar District Cup challenges multidisciplinary student teams to design and model optimized distributed energy systems for a campus or urban district. These systems integrate solar, storage, and other distributed energy capabilities across mixed-use districts, or groups of buildings served by a common electrical distribution feeder. The competition engages students across the engineering, urban planning, and finance disciplines to reimagine how energy is generated, managed, and used in a district.

Teams compete in one of multiple divisions, each structured around a distinct district use case. A winner is selected for each division, based on the quality of their solar energy system design. The strongest designs provide the highest offset of annual energy and greatest financial savings. This will be determined by a techno-economic analysis conducted by students and evaluated by judges. The goal is to design, model, and present the most reliable, resilient, and cost-effective system possible.

Students will present their solutions to judges at the 2020 Solar Power Southeast conference in Atlanta, where the winners will be selected and announced.          

            

APPROACH

The Solar District Cup is designed to inspire students to consider new career opportunities, learn new industry-relevant skills, engage with the professional marketplace, and prepare to lead the next generation of distributed solar energy. As competitors, students:

  • Build experience with innovative renewable energy design
  • Develop real-world solutions that shape the future of solar energy
  • Engage with industry professionals to forge relationships and connections that aid participating students’ transition to the solar energy workforce upon graduation
  • Compete to earn national recognition upon winning a Solar District Cup and/or being selected as an industry choice winner.

The Solar District Cup encourages collaboration between academia and industry. The program seeks to establish public-private partnership and demonstrate corporate and nonprofit industry co-sponsorship.. 

 

LEARN MORE

To learn more about the Solar District Cup 2020, review the recorded Kick-off Webinar from Aug. 15, 2019. You can also read the competition Rules, available under the Resources tab, and register your team by choosing “Accept Challenge” on this page. Team registration is open through Sept. 12, 2019. Team registrations must be submitted by this deadline, although additional team members can be added at any time.

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The Solar District Cup is directed and administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and is funded by the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office. Learn more.

Guidelines
Timeline
March 27, 2019, 8:49 a.m. PDT
Date Launched
March 31, 2019, 11 p.m. PDT
Enter
Accept the challenge to register!
Sept. 12, 2019, 4 p.m. PDT
Registration Closed
Deadline for registration of participating teams.

Registration period deadline. No additional teams will be accepted after this date, although team members may still be added to the participating teams.

Note:
The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. ET.

A grace period is provided until 7:00 p.m. ET.
Sept. 19, 2019, 2 p.m. PDT
Participating teams announced
The Organizers will announce all participating teams.

Note: All dates are subject to change at any time.
Sept. 19, 2019, 4:57 p.m. PDT
You are here
Sept. 23, 2019, 7:30 a.m. PDT
Solar District Cup Warmup Workshop at Solar Power International
Competition introduction and networking workshop at the Solar Power International conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attendance is optional but recommended. Information presented will also be available to teams that cannot attend.

The Warmup Workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MDT

Note: All dates are subject to change at any time.
Nov. 21, 2019, 2 p.m. PST
Deadline for receipt of Progress Deliverable Package from all participating teams
Deadline for each team to complete its Progress Deliverable Package.

Note: All dates are subject to change at any time.
Dec. 12, 2019, 2 p.m. PST
Finalist Teams Announced
The Organizers will review each team's Progress Deliverable Package and all teams that meet competition requirements will be selected as Finalists. Teams do not compete against each other to become finalists.

Note: All dates are subject to change at any time.
April 11, 2020, 2 p.m. PDT
Submission Deadline
Deadline for each team to complete its Final Deliverable Package.

Note: All dates are subject to change at any time.
April 19, 2020, 5 a.m. PDT
Finalists present projects at Solar Power Southeast
Finalists present projects at the Solar Power Southeast conference in Atlanta, GA. In-person attendance and presentation by at least one student team member from each finalist team is required.

Note: the exact time is still to be determined.
April 20, 2020, 11 a.m. PDT
Won
Winners announced.
Note: the exact time is still to be determined.

Note: the exact date and location is still to be determined.
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