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2016 Green Energy Challenge
As of February 26, 2017

The 2016 Green Energy Challenge asked teams to design an energy upgrade for a community school facility (K-12). Plans had to include the design of a small-scale PV system that served as a teaching and learning tool for students.  The ELECTRI jury evaluating the team's proposals looked for an emphasis on detailed technical solutions for proposed systems, including lighting retrofit and integrated window treatments/controls, detailed design of 4-5kW PV system based on system specifications, and the re-design of an energy efficiency upgrade for the facility that responds to the unique needs of the building and climate.  Teams were expected to develop efforts to support the engagement of teachers and students in the building and in energy and sustainability education.

Three finalist teams were invited to the NECA National Convention in Boston:

  • Iowa State
  • The University of Toronto
  • The University of Washington

2016 Green Energy Challenge Winners

Iowa State University won top prize for the third year in a row followed by the University of Washington and the University of Toronto.  Emma Parks of the University of Washington took home the prize of Best Presenter.

Download the Finalist Presentations here:

Iowa State University

University of Washington

University of Toronto

Download the Finalist Proposals here:

Iowa State University

University of Washington

University of Toronto


2016 Green Energy Challenge Poster Competition Winners

All participating teams were invited to enter a poster summarizing their Green Energy Challenge project experience. Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Poster Competition

1st Place - Ball State University

2nd Place - Iowa State University

3rd Place - Oregon State University


2016 Judges

ELECTRI would like to thank all of the 2016 Green Energy Challenge Judges for their support:

Rick Long, Bodine Electric

Sharon Tierney, Graybar

Gerald Schulz, Michels Corporation

Tom Feissle, Southwire

David Dean, Thomas & Betts

Adam Rude, ERMCO

Robert Valderrama, Sprig Electric

Fred Sargent, Sargent Electric Company

Gerard Darville, Lutron Electronics

Mike Bosco, Rex Electric & Technologies


For additional information regarding the Green Energy Challenge, contact Deborah Halpern, Director of Operations and University Relations for ELECTRI International at dhalpern@electri.org or (301) 215-4539.