Michigan State University announced the winners of its inaugural Energy Innovation Award and Student Solar Design Competition at an awards ceremony on Dec. 10, awarding $11,000 in total prize money.

The competition tasked interdisciplinary student teams with designing cost-effective, energy-efficient and design-centric solar installations for a campus landscape.

First place went to Jonathan Kline, David Shaffer, Andrew Paul and Kevin Parzuchowski of Kettering University for their Multi-colored Solar Street Lamp (PDF).

Each project was evaluated for creativity, design, application and entrepreneurship, challenging participants to push the boundaries of clean energy innovation. Top submissions blended art and science to create dynamic and comprehensive solutions.

"The best part about participating in the competition was being able to share our passion for renewable energy and decrease the reliance on fossil fuels for the U.S. and campus communities alike," said Jonathan Kline, member of the Multi-colored Solar Street Lamp team.

Second place was awarded to Will Mianecki, Malarie French, Zach Dutcher and Olivia Rose of Michigan State University for their Solar Kiosk (PDF), and Steven Kokotovich and Louis Johnson of Michigan State University placed third for their Solar Gem Biodome (PDF) project. A special recognition Inovateus Solar PEACE Award was presented to Rebekah Gowman, Erika Beursken, John Britt and Dylan Orcutt of Kettering University for their Window Solar Charger: GreenCharge (PDF).

In addition to encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, the competition provided participants with an opportunity to connect with industry professionals, offering real-world learning experiences and networking opportunities.

Visit the Be Spartan Green Facebook page to view photos from the Dec. 10 event.