Mines Campus Solar Challenge

Welcome to the second Campus Solar Challenge at Mines! The Labriola Innovation Complex needs your ideas. Up to three winners will be chosen during Earth Day Week to win a prize up to $500. Individual and group submissions are welcome. Please read on for more information.

Campus Solar Challenge Rules

Submissions to the Campus Solar Challenge must meet all standards defined in the Design Challenge Rules below, both for consideration as a finalist and to qualify for any available prize. First submissions are due by March 1st, 2021. Final submissions are due by April 13th, 2021.

These rules are defined below:

General Submission Guidelines
  1. All submissions, in any format, must be provided in the English language to avoid misinterpretation.
  2. Consideration for any prize requires that a proposal is first submitted before March 1st, 2021. Final submissions are due April 13th, 2021.
  3. All submissions are limited to text and/or files in the following formats:
    • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
    • Images (.gif, .jpg, .png, etc.)
  4. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate, however, only students are eligible for prize money.
  5. Contact us with your interest. We will email you design information on the Labriola Innovation Complex.
Judging Criteria

The following criteria and rubric will be used by judging delegates to evaluate Phase 1 product submissions (provided Section A requirements are met):

  1. Positive Impact and Differentiation (5 Possible Points) – How well does the submission advance visibility and use of renewable energy on campus?
  2. Economic Viability (5 Possible Points) – Is the specified bill of materials (BOM), design and manufacturing process, and energy output practical over product life?
  3. Technical Feasibility (5 Possible Points) – Does the proposed project make use of low/no-maintenance materials and features with reasonable life-expectancy? Is it achievable without the use of overly exotic, esoteric, or impractical engineering methods?
  4. Production Differentiation (10 Possible Points) Does the submission exhibit innovative features, above and beyond sustainability awareness, and/or integrate into existing campus features?
  5. Completeness (5 Possible Points) – Does the submission incorporate all project specifications set forth in section C?

Overall: A maximum of 180 total points can be awarded to any given submission with the potential to earn up to 30 points per each of the six judging delegates. First, Second and Third-Place winners will be announced April 22nd.

Submit your Campus Solar Project today or contact us for more information

Challenge Submission Details and Requirements

Concept paper/proposal must include the following elements:

  1. Function on campus (must be incorporated into the Labriola Innovation Complex)
  2. Draft design graphics: a plan drawing, an elevation drawing, a 3D rendering, and a simple technical diagram
  3. Proposed/projected energy output
  4. Energy storage concept
  5. Rough budget
  6. Basic research and justification of design

Contact us with questions or for more information.


Industry experts and peers from NREL, McKinstry, Mines Faculty, Mines Office of Design and Construction, Mines Facilities Management and Mines Students will award Campus Solar Challenge winners based on the rubric outlined above. Each judge will have a maximum of 30 points to award each design, resulting in 180 total possible points.


It is recommended you work with an advisor to clarify your vision and ensure completion of the submission. Feel free to contact us for ideas on potential advisors.