Powering Local Education

Hundreds of students from local elementary, middle and high schools participate in the Solar Car Challenge. Held every spring, teams of students race customer built hybrid solar cars, testing their knowledge of renewable energy and engineering.

The 2020 Solar Car Challenge has been canceled. We will provide updates regarding the 2021 Solar Car Challenge as information becomes available from the Washington State Health Department regarding large group events. We will also coordinate decisions related to this event with our local school district administrators.

Green Lights

2020 Solar Car Challenge

Coach Resources

Classroom Resources

About the Solar Car Challenge

Clark Public Utilities invests in education through events and partnerships with school districts across Clark County.

Annually, the utility hosts the Solar Car Challenge for elementary, middle and high school students. Every year, hundreds of students from local schools participate in months of engineering and design work, culminating in the construction of a working, custom-built hybrid solar and battery powered car. At the Solar Car Challenge, teams compete in an academic tournament, that includes evaluation of the student’s design and engineering process, understanding of renewable energy principles and , of course, a day-long, multi-heat race of solar cars.

The program is funded by voluntary contributions to the utility’s Green Lights program. For as little as $1 a month, customers of Clark Public Utilities can help support development of renewable energy and local educational opportunities.

Here’s a look at the 2019 Solar Car Challenge.

Education at the Forefront

  • Solar Car Challenge is funded by voluntary contributions to Clark Public Utilities Green Lights Program
  • Teams of students design, build, and race solar hybrid model cars
  • School districts from across Clark County are invited to participate and lead teachers are provided solar car kits and classroom curriculum to help facilitate the endeavor
  • Event held in partnership with CE – Clean Energy. Bright Futures.

The 2019 Solar Car Challenge was a success! Check out a full list of winners:


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High School

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