Intersolar North America and Energy Storage North America, the newly combined solar plus storage conferences and expos, announced the second annual Solar Games competition to be held January 12 to 14, 2021 at the events in Long Beach, California. Applications to compete in the Solar Games for the $10,000 top prize are open through October 2, 2020.
The Solar Games is a competition that tasks installation teams with building the main product components of a residential solar plus storage system: solar modules, racking, inverters and battery storage. Competing in a stadium setting equipped with two custom-built roofs, teams are scored on a point system for quality, safety, speed and other criteria. The winning team from each match advances to the next round, with the championship-round winner named the Solar Games Champion.
The first-ever Solar Games Champion, Las Vegas-based Sol-Up, said the experience was both exciting and rewarding.
“We enjoyed the opportunity to be part of this friendly but intense competition with other leading solar companies, giving it our best — and lucky enough to come out on top,” said Joseph Folken of Sol-Up. The crowds made it even more exciting as we raced to beat the clock and create the best system. We look forward to defending our title and taking home the cash prize again in 2021.”
The 2021 Solar Games will build upon the success of the inaugural competition by expanding to include more teams and partnerships. Eight teams will be selected to compete. A six-member advisory board will help guide the competition. Members include clean energy leaders from Everest Solar Systems, ReVision Energy, Rolls Battery Engineering, Institute for Building Technology & Safety and Solar Cowboyz.
“We’re looking forward to serving as the Solar Games’ first advisors and being part of such a thrilling, yet educational challenge,” said Sam Vanderhoof, advisory board member and president of Solar Cowboyz.
The 2021 Solar Games Champion team will be awarded $10,000 in addition to other prizes, including tickets to next year’s NABCEP Continuing Education Conference and Solar Energy International training. They will also be guaranteed a slot in the 2022 competition and receive an entire year’s bragging rights as the 2021 Solar Games Champions.
Interested parties are encouraged to use this online form to connect with event organizers and to discuss how they can participate in the 2021 competition.
News item from Intersolar North America and Energy Storage North America