Congratulations to the Solar District Cup Class of 2021 on the success of the 2021 Competition Event. With 29 competing teams from 28 collegiate institutions, there were many great projects presented. After the announcement of the top three teams in each division, the first-place winners—University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—faced off in the Pitch Championship for the title of Project Pitch winner.  

After witnessing three terrific project pitches, a public audience of over 300 attendees voted to select their favorite team. Competition was fierce--all three teams received at least 30% of the vote, and in the end, University of Colorado Boulder was voted as the Project Pitch winner.  

Congratulations, again, to the three first-place teams on fantastic proposals! And thank you to all the students who competed in the Solar District Cup Class of 2021. You impressed the judges, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leadership, the competition partners, and the organizers with your hard work and thoughtful pitches.  

Today, DOE also announced the upcoming launch of the Class of 2022 program, which will span the 2021-2022 academic year. The competition organizers hope you consider participating again or recommending the program to students who would benefit from this experience. Make sure you’re following Solar District Cup on HeroX and subscribe to the competition newsletter the for updates and information on how you can register!  

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who made the Solar District Cup Class of 2021 a success!