Solar Novus Today
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced a new competition to engage college students in reimagining how energy is generated, managed, and used in a district—the U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition
Funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, the Solar District Cup challenges student teams across the U.S. to design and model the most reliable, resilient, and cost-effective distributed energy system possible for campuses, urban areas, and other developments in a common electrical distribution network. It aims to inspire students to learn relevant skills, consider new career opportunities, and engage with professional industry mentors.
“The competition offers a unique opportunity for students to study synergies in solar energy, energy storage, finance, microgrids, project planning, and resiliency benefits,” said Joe Simon, program coordinator for NREL. “For students looking to enter the energy industry, understanding how all these pieces work together will prepare them to lead in the energy transition.”