It is time to harness the power of the sun for the Solar Contest! There are many ways to collect energy and solar power is quickly becoming more and more popular. From powering thousands of homes to small portable electronics, the sun has a lot of energy to spare.

Though we don’t expect you to power your whole home (unless you want to), we do want you to share how you can use, store, or convert energy from the sun to win a BioLite Energy BundleBioLite BLXL Solar Kit, or BioLite PowerLight Bundle. Come out of the dark ages and into the light and find a way to work with solar energy.

The Solar Contest 2017 is closed.

Grand Prize




  • BLXL Solar Kit
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot T-shirt


Runner Up

  • a SiteLight XL
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot T-shirt

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 14, 2017 and Oct 9, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Solar Contest 2017. 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.