Solar Table Design Competition – TRU Newsroom

January 7, 2022 at 2:17 pm  Education, Kamloops, News


You could win $500 and see your design come to life on campus in 2022.

The introduction of solar tables on the Kamloops campus will create outdoor spaces to study, socialize and learn while promoting renewable energy and charging your most important devices! The Solar Table Design Competition is open to all current TRU students (individually or as a student-only team). Use your creativity and innovative thinking to show us a unique, stylish and functional design. One (1) winning submission will be picked and constructed outside the School of Trades and Technology in 2022.

The minimum requirements of the solar table are:

• Charge devices (e.g. phones, laptops, motion-sensing internal or external lights, electric bike, etc.).

• Accommodate seating of at least six (6) people for studying or hanging out. Solar panels attached to a roof structure to cover the table and seating is desirable.

• Show awareness of TRU’s advocacy for sustainability.

• Practical enough to be constructed (use of sustainable, reclaimed, recycled, and readily available materials are highly encouraged).

Submission Details and Dates

All submissions should be sent through email to the TRU Sustainability Office ( with your complete name/s, phone number/s, and student number/s ON OR BEFORE February 28, 2022. Each submission will be assigned an alias in order to be anonymous to the judges; for this reason, do not put your name/s anywhere in the drawings. Email entries should have a subject of ‘SOLAR TABLE ENTRY 2022’ with a maximum of a 500-word description. The designs will be judged throughout March 2022 by a panel of TRU faculty, staff, and students according to the most practical, economical, and creative design choices. The winner will be announced by March 31, 2022, and contacted via email and phone.

For more details on this contest, including design guidelines, click here.

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