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Local Solar Cup Teams Make Waves at Annual Competition

San Jacinto Valley Academy shows off their boat for Solar Cup 2019.

Perris, CA (May 23, 2019) — Teams sponsored by Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) and Rancho California Water District (RCWD) utilized the power of the sun, water education, and teamwork at the annual Solar Cup competition at Lake Skinner May 17-19, 2019.

Hemet Unified School District (West Valley High School and Western Center Academy); Perris Union High School District (Heritage High School and Perris High School); San Jacinto Valley Academy; and Temecula Valley Unified School District (Chaparral High School, Great Oak High School and Temecula Valley High School) were among 40 teams that competed in the event.

The EMWD and RCWD sponsored teams placed in several categories:

  • San Jacinto Valley Academy: Hottest Looking Boat, Rookie
  • Perris Union High School District: Second Place, Public Service Announcement, Inland Empire Region
  • Hemet Unified School District: Second Place, Endurance, Veteran Inland Empire Region Endurance

“Solar Cup is an amazing experience,” said EMWD Board President Ron Sullivan. “Local students working together to put what they learn in a classroom to practical use is always encouraging to see. EMWD takes pride in working with educators, students and partnering agencies on this event every year.”

EMWD and RCWD will recognize students for their hard work during a recognition ceremony held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at EMWD’s main office located at 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, CA 92570.

Solar Cup is a program where teams build and race solar powered boats. The seven month program includes lessons on conservation, natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, and more. Teams are also required to create a water conservation public service project.

Solar Cup is presented by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, of which EMWD is a member agency.

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Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to approximately 827,000 people living and working within a 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency and its mission is “To deliver value to our customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.” More information can be found at