At the MRES' Solar Boat Regatta teams demonstrate knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to design and build boats powered by the sun. They compete in a number of races, culminating with a one-hour endurance race.

Solar-Powered Boats Compete in:

  • Speed Races!
  • Slalom Races!
  • Endurance Races!

This event has given hundreds of middle and high school students, and others willing to step up to the challenge, valuable and unique experience with solar electricity, wiring, motors, fluid dynamics, boat design, construction, and teamwork. By racing the solar powered boat that they have built, students experience the thrill of competition and the pride of accomplishment that comes with creating something useful and fun.

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 forms of energy other than solar — no wind, no human power, no gas engine power, no additional batteries, and no additional PV cells.


Student Class: Grades 6–12


Adult Class: Individuals or groups not associated with a school


Experimental/Exhibition Class: Boats that exceed the criteria listed in the Rules.

24th Annual Minnesota Renewable Solar Energy Society Solar Boat Regatta Race Results

First Place Student Boat Category – Friends School of Minnesota “Usain Boat”

Second Place Student Boat Category was a tie –City Academy High School “Sea Academy” , Sanford

Middle School “HYDROPHOBIA”

First Place Experimental Boat Category was a 3 way tie – Orono Middle School “Quiet Riot”. Orono High School “Interceptor”, Virginia High School “Alpha Psy Omega”

Best New Experimental Boat – Virginia High School “Alpha Psy Omega”

Best New Student Boat –City Academy High School “Sea Academy”

Spectators Choice Award – Sanford Middle School “HYDROPHOBIA”

Special Award – “Toughest Competitor”, Isacc Jans of Orono Middle School.



The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) is pleased to announce its 25 th Annual Solar Boat Competition; scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Riley Lake in Eden Prairie, MN. 

In 2017 there will be three classes: Student class; Adult class – individuals or groups not associated with a school; and Experimental/Exhibition class – boats that exceed the criteria listed in the rules. Rules and entry information will be available on our website. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Slalom, Speed, Endurance with additional competitive opportunities in website design, and creative design.

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