32nd Annual Solar Boat Regatta

See Renewable Energy in action at Riley Lake in Eden Prairie on May 18, 2024!


The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) will host their 32nd Annual Solar Boat Competition on Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 10 AM to 2 PM, at Riley Lake in Eden Prairie, MN.  MRES' Solar Boat Competition has given hundreds of students valuable and unique experience with photovoltaic systems, boat design, and construction. MRES is partnering with teachers to enhance the competitive nature of the event, expanding the number of schools participating and extending the solar education throughout the school year.  The boat pictured below is from Scouts BSA Troop 3330 from Chanhassen! 







What is A Solar Boat?

A solar boat makes use of the sun's radiation. The solar energy must be received exclusively by on board transducers (photovoltaic cells). On board storage and conversion into intermediate forms of energy (electric energy storage in batteries are permitted). The boats must not be designed to use energy other than solar; no wind; no Human Power; no Gas Engine Power; no additional batteries; no additional photovoltaic cells.


In 2024 there will be three classes: Student Class/ Adult Class (including individuals or groups not associated with a school)/ Experimental Class  (boats that exceed the criteria listed in the rule set).

Rules and entry information are available at the website below: 

More Information and Participation Resources

Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Slalom, Speed, Endurance with additional competitive opportunities in website design, and creative design.

What is the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society? 
MRES was established in 1978 as a non-profit organization to promote public awareness of renewable energy in Minnesota through education and demonstration of practical applications, emphasizing solar energy. Activities include an annual Solar Home Tour, Solar Boat Regatta, educational outreach, a solar demonstration trailer, and legislative initiatives. MRES is the Minnesota state chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), providing public awareness and experience-based education about solar applications.

Contact us

Mark Weber

Event Contact
32nd Annual Solar Boat Regatta

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