Solar boats: if you build it ...

Sep 6, 2019

Solar Boat Regatta
Credit Mark Weber

Can boats run on solar power?  What about jet skis? And would everyone on the lake get along better if they could?

About 25 schools across the state say YES! with their participation in the Youth Eco Solutions project.  Powerhouse teams in Wrenshall and Virginia have been generating buzz (no pun intended) for years, and this year, a new team at Cloquet Middle School joins those in Carlton, Harbor City International, and Warba.

The key to solar boats - and pretty much solar anything - says Mark Weber of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, is public demand.  "Polaris can make a battery for anything," he says.  Now it's up to us as consumers to ask for it.