35 teams from 34 collegiate institutions have been selected as finalists in the 2021 edition of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition! 

The collegiate institutions continuing as finalists in the Solar District Cup Class of 2021 are:

  • Alfred University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Arizona State University (2 teams)
  • Boise State University
  • Cornell University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Toledo 
  • The University of Virginia
  • Triton College
  • Tulane University
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • University of California, Irvine, 
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (2 teams)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Congratulations to these finalist teams! They are now competing against the other finalist teams within each of their assigned divisions to create optimized solar + storage solutions for their campus or urban district. All teams who submitted a Progress Deliverable Package will receive written feedback from the organizers on their submission by end-of-day on Thursday, December 18. 

In April 2021, teams will present their projects to a panel of judges at a live virtual event. Judges will identify the first-, second-, and third-place teams in each division and Solar and Energy Storage Southeast attendees will vote to choose an industry choice winner from amongst the three first place teams. 

With so much development in education, networking, and presentation skills throughout the competition, we’re confident all our competitors will walk away as champions of the Solar District Cup 2020!

Learn more about the 2021 competition.