Welcome to the 2024 Solar Games
This landing page will be a living resource for you and your team for the 2024 Solar Games. Updates and additional information will be posted here as they become available, so please check back often! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shannon Twombly.
The 2024 Solar Games will take place on January 17-19 in the San Diego Convention Center. A total of 8 teams will be competing in a bracketed style competition for the title of Solar Games Champion and $10,000. We will also be awarding 2nd and 3rd place teams, with $3,500 and $2,500 prizes, respectively. The tournament will consist of 7 head-to-head matchups, culminating with the Championship round on Friday, January 19th.
Our 2024 participating teams are:
- All Energy Solar: Saint Paul, MN
- Aloha Solar Power: Encinitas, CA *returning champions!*
- Castaways Energy, LLC: Orlando, FL
- GRID Alternatives: Oakland, CA
- Huston Solar: Lafayette, IN
- Michigan Solar Solutions: Commerce, MI
- Northwest Electric and Solar: Kenmore, WA
- Sun Valley Solar Solutions: Chandler, AZ
We will be reimbursing up to $2,000 of travel expenses for each participating team. If you have not booked your hotel room yet, please do so through our official partner, OnPeak, using the link above.
Picking up your badge
You will be able to pick up your badge during registration hours on the 17th or the morning of the 18th. While not actively competing, you are free to pursue the exhibit hall and attend any sessions taking place there.
After the Solar Games, we will be distributing up to $2,000 of reimbursements per team. To receive your reimbursement, you will need to email Shannon Twombly with receipts/confirmations of travel expenses up to $2,000 attached. You must also make sure that your Electronic AP Vendor Payment Authorization form is filled out and returned in order to receive your reimbursement and $1,000 deposit.
Scoring & How to Win
The winners from each matchup in Round 1 will advance to the Semi-Finals. The winners will be determined by a rigorous scoring system that assigns points based on safety, technical accuracy, and speed.
3rd place will be determined by comparing the scores of the 2 semi-final round losing teams.
Stay tuned for the official scorecard, which will be provided in early January.
All Solar Games competitors are invited to watch any rounds they are not competing in.
We ask that competing teams check in at the Solar Games Stadium at least 30 minutes prior to their competition.
The Solar Games stadium will consist of 2 roofs, placed side by side, where teams will go head-to-head. The roofs are built with a standard asphalt shingle, and have a 12.6 degree pitch. The back edge of the roof will be 48″ off of the ground.
There is a designated entry point, which will be the only place where equipment and installers are allowed to enter and exit the roof. This is to simulate the ladder that would usually need to be used to access the roof. Mounts will be pre-installed on the roof to avoid the same holes needing to be drilled repeatedly. All Equipment besides the mounts will need to be installed by the team.
San Diego Convention Center Floorplan
Our sponsors have provided the equipment you will be using to complete the installation. After the Games, equipment will be donated to Twende Solar, a nonprofit that provides reliable electricity to communities around the world who need it.
Our 2024 Equipment Sponsors:
- Panels: LONGi Solar Technology, Solar PV Modules (model LR5-54HABB395M)
- Racking: K2 Systems
- Mounts: Roof Tech Inc., RT Mini II
- Batteries: Rolls, R12-100LFP
- Grid-Tied Inverter: Electriq, PowerPod 2
- Off-Grid Inverter: Victron, 48V Stationary VEP II Diagram
- Junction Boxes: SolaDeck, Original Flashed PV Junction Box
- Safety Equipment: GME Supply, harness, back up rope grab, anchor, Y-lanyard, back-up shock pack, rope
- Tools: Milwaukee Tool
Any manuals and/or literature about the equipment listed will be provided as we receive them. Remember to check back often!
- Equipment Manuals:
- Electriq Power Pod 2
- Rolls R12-100LFP
- SolaDeck Original Flashed PV Junction Box
- RoofTech RT Mini II
- LONGi Solar PV Modules (model LR5-54HABB-395M)
- Victron Energy Panel
- Scan the QR code on the diagram for the manual!
- Tips for installers
List of Tools