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Northern California Solar Regatta

This event is open to all middle schools, high schools, and universities from Fresno to the northern California border. Participation promotes teamwork, competition and discovery at SMUD's Rancho Seco Recreational Area.

We are proud to sponsor this fun and educational event. SMUD will loan the solar panels and will help organize the teams. Students can either retrofit existing boats or build their own design from scratch. The boats will be judged for speed, distance, maneuverability and more.

Next event date
The dates for the 2016 Solar Regatta will be May 13 and 14. Registered students may check in their boat and camp in the group campground the day before their scheduled races. Applications in each category, High School/Middle School and College/University, are available through Suzette Bienvenue.

2015 Northern California Solar Regatta Winners

High School and Middle Schools:
  • REGATTA CUP: Evergreen #13
  • Best Video: DaVinci #12
  • Best Presentation: Ceres #8
  • Best Design - Artistic: School of Engineering and Science #11
  • Best Design - Technical: Folsom #7
  • Best Boat Design: Leonardo DaVinci #8
  • Best Drive Train: Folsom #7
  • Best Middle School: Pasteur #15
  • Sustainability: Boy Scouts #9
  • Endurance Course: Evergreen #13
  • Slalom Course: Laguna Creek #10
  • Sprint Course: Evergreen #13
  • Judges' Award: Folsom #7
  • Student Choice Award: Ceres #8
Colleges and Universities:
  • REGATTA CUP: Sierra College #4
  • Best Video: Cosumnes River College #7
  • Best Presentation: Sierra College #4
  • Best Design - Artistic: Cosumnes River College #7
  • Best Design - Technical: Cosumnes River College #7
  • Best Boat Design: Cosumnes River College #7
  • Sustainability: CSU Sacramento
  • Endurance Course: Evergreen #8
  • Slalom Course: CSU Sierra College #4
  • Sprint Course: Sierra College #4
  • Judges' Award: Cosumnes River College #7
  • PV Tech award: CSU Chico #2
  • Student Choice Award: CSU Chico #2


Suzette Bienvenue
Energy & Technology Center

Brent Sloan
Community Solar


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Solar Regatta in Action

Slideshow: See a slideshow of the 2015 Solar Regatta.

Watch video: See how much fun the participants of the Northern California Solar Regatta have in one day!