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Solar Energy Initiatives

Join VHS, Concord Consortium, and industry experts on an important initiative to involve students in crucial sustainable engineering efforts. Through generous funding from both the National Science Foundation and General Motors, VHS and Concord Consortium are engaging students in the crucial exploration of solar engineering, using Energy3D, a simulation-based (CAD) engineering tool for designing green buildings and power stations that harness renewable energy to achieve sustainable development.   


Explore solar engineering through these exciting opportunities:

  • Sustainable Engineering, a 15-week honors course where students explore engineering concepts related to energy, matter, basic needs of society and community systems, and work in teams to create a sustainable solarized community. Click here to register now
  • Solar Energy Design ILO is an Independent Learning Opportunity that introduces students to concepts of solar engineering and the Energy3D software, and challenges them to solarize their own home or smaller community structure. This ILO is available to all individual students, and to schools looking to incorporate it into their LMS. Click here to download the free content


Enter to win our Solar Energy Design Challenge! 

This contest is open to all students, until August 31.  Cash prizes and certificates will be provided for the top three solar model submissions.  Visit Solar Engineering Design Challenge for guidelines.

Students who completed the Solar Energy Design Summer course, or the Sustainable Engineering course are strongly encouraged to participate.  Students who want to learn more about Energy3D and how to use it to build sustainable, solar energy systems may consider using the Solar Energy Design ILO.   

Note: it is not necessary to complete a course or the ILO to participate in the Solar Energy Design Challenge.


I really liked learning about new things and using Energy 3D (a program I had never heard of) to learn about solar energy. My aunt is even thinking of going solar because of my class! - VHS Solar Energy Design Student



These efforts were made possible through funding by the National Science Foundation and by General Motors under grant #34871079. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the materials associated with this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or General Motors.