Pay tribute to the star that warms our days and can power our nights. The Solar Contest is open to projects that use, store, or convert the sun’s energy.

Enter your solar projects to win amazing prizes from GoalZero including a Yeti 400 solar generator kit, Yeti 150 solar generator kit, Nomad 7 Plus solar panel, and more. The sun is the star at the center of our Solar System — how will you harness its power?

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The Solar Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

34 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Third Prize (10)

Ten Third Prize winners will receive:
  • Flip 30 Recharger
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug

Runner Up (15)

Fifteen runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug.
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Aug 15, 2016 and Oct 10, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Solar Contest 2016. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.