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Pre-register by January 29 to work with a solar mentor on your school's project.

The Ecology Center and USGBC Detroit Region, in partnership with Generation 180, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, USGBC West Michigan and EcoWorks are proud to present the My Solar School Contest.

The contest challenges student teams to complete a study for installing a solar system at their school and to create a short video of their vision. Professional mentors will be available from our partner organizations to advise teams and provide technical assistance. Sign up a team.

The contest

The goal of this competition is to inspire and support teams of students, teachers and/or parents as they pursue solar electric installations at their school. Student-led teams will compete for cash prizes and technical support for their solar project, but every school that participates will come out of the competition a winner, beginning an exploration into having solar photovoltaics installed at their school.

Student-led teams will compete by:

  1. Performing a solar study that investigates a solar photovoltaic project for their school community, and
  2. Creating a short video presentation to showcase their vision for solar.

Judging and prizes

  • Submissions will be evaluated by a committee representing the partner organizations. Winning teams will be announced and recognized at the Michigan Earth Day Festival in Rochester, Michigan.
  • Selected teams will be awarded up to $1,000 in cash prizes to kick-start a fundraising campaign in their school communities, as well as receive continued technical assistance and promotional support for their campaigns.

Eligibility and timeline

  • The competition is open to teams of one or more students enrolled in a K–12 school in Michigan.
  • Eligible student teams must enlist assistance from one or more teachers or advisors support the submission.
  • High school teams are highly encouraged; eligible student team leaders must be, at minimum, enrolled in the sixth grade.
  • Electronic submission only.
  • Pre-registration is required to receive a solar mentor. Solar mentors will contact pre-registered participants by the end of January to schedule a minimum of two 1-hour mentoring sessions. Pre-registration is not required, but highly encouraged.
  • The pre-registration deadline is January 19, 2018.
  • The contest deadline is March 30, 2018.

Submission guidelines

Teams will create this campaign by submitting two items: 1) a solar study; and 2) a short video. All submissions must be received electronically via email.

1. The "Solar Study," at a minimum, should be composed of the following four parts:

  • Background: Why is this project important?
  • Project Description: What is your project idea?
  • Solar Energy Analysis: How much energy and savings will your system produce?
  • Project Plan: How do we make this project happen?

Suggested format for the solar study is an electronic document or slide presentation (ex: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or cloud-based documents).

2. The short video should be no longer than five minutes and should support the materials provided in the Solar Study.

  • Suggested format for the video is a link to content hosted on a video-sharing website (ex: YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) Contestants are requested to not send video files, as they will not be accepted for review.

For competition details, resources and submission guidelines, visit the Ecology Center website. To register, complete the registration form.

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