We are excited to announce that 65 teams from 64 collegiate institutions are participating in the Solar District Cup Class of 2021-2022! This is the largest cohort of teams and schools the program has had since it began in 2019. The class of competitors includes students and faculty advisors from across the country.

“As we work to achieve aggressive climate goals over the next few years, the need for creative energy solutions and a dedicated, passionate workforce is greater than ever,” said Garrett Nilsen, acting director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. “The work these students are doing through the Solar District Cup is so valuable in preparing them for careers in the energy industry and beyond. I’m excited to see the designs that come out of this cohort of participants.”

Please join us in welcoming the following collegiate institutions as participants in the Solar District Cup Class of 2021-2022: 

  • Alfred University
  • Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus
  • Appalachian State University
  • Arizona State University
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • Bergen Community College
  • Boise State University
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Creighton University
  • Drexel University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grambling State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University
  • Morehouse College
  • NC State University
  • New York University
  • Northeast Lakeview College
  • Norwich University
  • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Oregon State University-Cascades
  • Pittsburg State University
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • San Antonio College
  • San Jacinto College South
  • Santa Clara University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Spelman College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stony Brook University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The George Washington University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Memphis
  • The University of Minnesota Duluth
  • The University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Triton College
  • Tuskegee University
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Portland
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University

Read the full announcement here for more details on the Class of 2021-2022.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce the three district use cases for the 2021-2022 program. Students will design and model optimized distributed energy systems for one of the following district use cases:

  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • The Ohio State University.

We are thrilled to have so many teams competing from a wide variety of schools and disciplines in the Class of 2021-2022.

 Stay tuned to find out which teams advance as finalists in December!