Students can compete in solar contest

OREGON – The Illinois Renewable Energy Association will sponsor a school competition in conjunction with the 13th annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair Aug. 23 and 24 at the Ogle County Fairgrounds, 1440 N. Limekiln road.

Up to 10 teams of five will develop a plan to install a solar photovoltaic system of at least 1 kilowatt on a school property, or another public building in the community. Plans should include a commitment to a solar system on a public building, a fundraising project to help defray the system's cost, and the necessary community approvals and permits for the project.

The teams will be expected to attend the energy fair to hear the two major speakers, as well as other workshops or presentations they select. Attendance as a team is necessary for eligibility to compete.

Plans are to be submitted by April 2, for judging by the committee. Teams which have made the most progress toward the goal will be the winners. First prize will be $500, while second place will receive $300, and third, $200. The money is to be used to further educational efforts in renewable energy.

Contact Sonia Vogl at sonia.vogl@gmail.com or irea.org@gmail.com for more information.