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The Solar District Cup challenges multidisciplinary student teams to design and model distributed energy systems for a campus or urban district. The competition engages students in the engineering, urban planning, finance, and related disciplines to reimagine how energy is generated, managed, and used in a district.

The Solar District Cup Class of 2021-2022 is competing from September 2021 to April 2022. Student teams design and model distributed energy systems for their assigned district use case. These systems integrate solar, storage, and other technologies across mixed-use districts, or groups of buildings served by a common electrical distribution feeder.

Learn more about the Solar District Cup program and register to compete in the Class of 2021-2022 on HeroX, the competition platform.

Class of 2022 Participating Schools

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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
Norwich University
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
Ohio Northern University
Oregon State University-Cascades
Pittsburg State University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
San Antonio College
Northeast Lakeview College
San Jacinto College, South Campus
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 Memphis
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota Duluth
The University of Arizona
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


Timeline is subject to change.

  • May 12, 2021 – Launch of 2021-2022 competition
  • May 17, 2021 – Competition registration opened
  • August 18, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET – Informational Webinar Recording
  • August 31, 2021 – Rules released
  • September 27, 2021 – Deadline for registration of participating teams
  • September 29, 2021 – Participating teams announced
  • November 18, 2021 – Deadline for receipt of Progress Deliverable Package from all participating teams
  • December 16, 2021 – Finalist teams announced
  • April 14, 2022 – Deadline for receipt of Final Deliverable Package from finalist teams
  • April 2022 – Finalists present their projects to judges and industry at an industry conference
  • April 2022 – Winners announced

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This work is funded as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office FY2019-21 Lab Call through a project with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.