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High School Photovoltaic Design Competition

Calling All Photovoltaic Enthusiasts for the High School Photovoltaic Design Competition

As part of WCPEC-7, we are continuing our tradition of holding a solar design competition amongst teams of high school students.  This year, we have 13 teams competing, and for the first time, we have teams from several states in addition to our host state of Hawai’i.  The teams are building their projects now, and getting ready for the display as part of Solar Day at the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i ( on Saturday, June 9. 

We encourage our WCPEC attendees to make the trek to the Hilo side of the island to participate in Solar Day and view the High School displays.  This is an excellent opportunity for our PV specialists and students to engage each other and spread the knowledge of and enthusiasm for PV.

The High School teams participating in Solar Day will be judged with the opportunity to win 1st prize of $1,000, 2nd prize of $750, and 3rd prize of $500.  The awards will be announced at the end of Solar Day. 

Here you can see photos of the High School PV Completion from previous years.  This year, we have 14 teams from the following institutions:

  • Hawai’i: Waiakea HS (Hilo, Hawaii) and Kealakehe HS (Kailua, Hawaii)
  • Arizona: Alhambra HS District, Tempe HS Tempe, Basis and BioScience HSs Phoenix
  • Maryland: Friendly HS Fort Washington
  • Virginia: Hayfield HS Hayfield

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So, please join us for Solar Day and be a part of the High School Solar Competition! 

Robert J. Walters, WCPEC-7 High School Program Co-Chair
Michelle E. Jordan, WCPEC-7 High School Program Co-Chair
Peter Bermel, WCPEC-7 High School Program Deputy Chair





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