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Posted on: May 9, 2018

Students Across SoCal to Compete in Nation's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Competition May 18-20


Contacts: Rebecca Kimitch, (213) 217-6450; (202) 821-5253, cell
Bob Muir, (213) 217-6930; (213) 324-5213, cell

May 9, 2018



Metropolitan’s 16th annual Solar Cup™ provides high school students hands-on lessons in water resources, alternative energy development and sustainability 

WHAT: More than 600 students from 38 Southern California high schools will race over three days solar-powered boats they built themselves this school year. The action-packed weekend is the culmination of a seven-month education program sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Through the program, students applied the math, science and engineering lessons they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world challenge of building the fastest solar-powered boat possible.

After completing qualifying races on Friday, May 18, the single-man boats compete in two 90-minute endurance heats around a 1.6 kilometer course on Saturday, May 19 and two 200-meter sprint races on Sunday, May 20.

WHEN: May 18-20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Skinner, Temecula Valley. Take Interstate 15 to Rancho California Road at Temecula, go 10 miles northeast to main gate, following signs to site.

VISUALS: Each day of Solar Cup features students, decked out in team shirts and hats, working on, launching and racing solar-powered, single-man boats. A media boat is available to take reporters, photographers and television/cable crews onto the lake for close-up footage. B-roll footage also is available via an FTP site. In addition, the competition includes student-produced water conservation videos and Snapchat social media campaigns.

Note: Student teams are putting the final touches on their boats and will test them in the water in various locations this weekend and next week. See attached sheet for a list of schools. Call for testing details and to arrange coverage before May 18. 


Solar Cup began in 2002 with eight teams and about 100 students. In the 16 years since, it has grown into the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Along the way, more than 10,000 young men and women have participated in Solar Cup competitions, where they’ve learned about water resource management, alternative energy development and sustainability and been inspired to pursue careers in math, physics, engineering and environmental science.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

List of 2018 Solar Cup Teams

Member Agency Sponsor 

Team/School Name 

School District 


Anaheim Public Utilities 

Anaheim High School 

Anaheim Union HS District 


Burbank Water & Power 

Burbank High School 

Burbank USD 


Long Beach Water Department 

Cabrillo High School** 

Long Beach USD 

Long Beach 

Las Virgenes MWD 

Calabasas High School 

Las Virgenes USD 


Inland Empire Utilities Agency* 

Chino High School 

Chino Valley USD 


Municipal Water District of Orange County* 

Coast High School 

Huntington Beach Union HS District 

Huntington Beach 

City of Compton 

Compton High School 

Compton USD 


Municipal Water District of Orange County* 

Costa Mesa High School** 

Newport Mesa USD 

Costa Mesa 

San Diego County Water Authority 

Del Lago Academy 

Escondido Unified HS District 


Central Basin MWD 

Downey High School 

Downey USD 


Western MWD* 

Elsinore HS / Lakeside HS 

Lake Elsinore USD 


Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 

Franklin High School 

Los Angeles USD 

Los Angeles 

Three Valleys MWD* 

Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design 

Pomona USD 


Three Valleys MWD* 

Ganesha High School 

Pomona USD 


Eastern MWD 

Hemet USD Team 

Hemet USD 


San Diego County Water Authority 

High Tech High North County 

San Marcos USD 

San Marcos 

Pasadena Water & Power 

John Muir High School 

Pasadena USD 


San Diego County Water Authority 

Kearny High School (School of Engineering, Innovation & Design)** 

San Diego USD 

San Diego 

Foothill MWD* 

La Cañada High School 

La Cañada USD 

La Cañada Flintridge 

Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD 

Los Altos High School 

Hacienda La Puente USD 

Hacienda Heights 

Inland Empire Utilities Agency* 

Los Osos High School 

Cucamonga School District 

Rancho Cucamonga 

Long Beach Water Department 

McBride High School 

Long Beach USD 

Long Beach 

West Basin MWD 

Mira Costa High School 

Manhattan Beach USD 

Manhattan Beach 

Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD 

Mountain View High School 

El Monte Union HS District 

El Monte 

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 

Narbonne High School 

Los Angeles USD 

Harbor City 

Western MWD* 

Norte Vista High School 

Riverside USD 


Eastern MWD 

Nuview Bridge Early College HS 

Nuview Union School District 


Municipal Water District of Orange County* 

Oxford Academy 

Cypress School District 


West Basin MWD 

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School 

Palos Verdes Peninsula USD 

Rolling Hills Estates 

Central Basin MWD 

Paramount High School West 

Paramount USD 


Eastern MWD 

Perris Union High SD Team (Heritage HS; Paloma Valley HS; Perris HS) 

Romoland School District 


Western MWD* 

Riverside Poly High School 

Riverside USD 


Three Valleys MWD 

San Dimas High School 

Bonita USD 

San Dimas 

Long Beach Water Department 

Sato High School 

Long Beach USD 

Long Beach 

Inland Empire Utilities Agency* 

Upland High School** 

Chaffey Joing Union High SD 


Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 

Venice HS STEMM Magnet 

Los Angeles USD 

Los Angeles 

West Basin MWD 

Waterfront Education** 

Los Angeles USD 

Redondo Beach 

Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD 

West Covina High School 

West Covina USD 

West Covina 

* = has co-sponsor(s) 

** = Rookie 

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