News Release

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Western Technical College will be hosting the national competitors of The American Solar Challenge as they make a pit stop at Western Technical College’s La Crosse campus Sunday through Monday, July 27-28.

The public is invited to stop by throughout the day as the solar cars arrive between 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, with evening charge time until 8:00 p.m., in Western's parking lot D, on the corner of 7th St. and Badger St. Teams will display their cars, explain what they have learned, and answer questions. On Monday, the teams will depart in one-minute intervals beginning at 9:00 a.m. with Western President Lee Rasch sending the teams off with the first flag.

The American Solar Challenge is a collegiate competition and race where teams of students build solar-powered vehicles and travel a pre-determined route along highways. As they navigate through hills, weather, and traffic they must manage power for the solar arrays installed as the main fuel for the vehicles. The arrays consist of inter-connected photovoltaic solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity. Some cars can reach upwards of 50 miles per hour. The team that completes the route with the lowest time wins the challenge.

For more information about The American Solar Challenge or to learn about the sustainability efforts at Western, call 608.789.4733 or visit the website at