Proud of your home solar installation? Whether you did it yourself or hired a professional, we’d like you to show off your solar home. Whether you own, lease, or use some other sort of financing, if solar panels are on your roof, we’d like you to show them. This is a reboot of a previous attempt at this free cash contest. Last time I ran the contest prematurely. There just weren’t enough entries. But with more attention to the site gained from the Disruption! solar energy podcast, and more assistance from visitors like you, SecondSilicon is now better suited to run a successful home solar photo contest. Sadly, it’s not a million dollars. But hey, it’s still free cash!
A minimum of 30 entrants is needed for the contest. Please share this with those you know who’ve gone solar!
Once a minimum of ten submissions are obtained, we’ll create a gallery with your photos and the voting can begin. Second Silicon will pay cash prizes for first, second, and third prize. If you own a solar installation company, this could be another alternative to promote your services.
First prize – $100
Second prize – $50
Third prize – $25
Your photo should include as much of your house as possible with a nice view of the solar panels, of course. If you want to include yourself and your family or friends, all the better. Instagram that baby up all you want, but please keep in mind that your photo will be voted on by other visitors to the site. Sometimes less is more. The photo should have a width and height of at least 700 pixels and no more than 1200 pixels. Please include the name of the company that did your install (or write that it’s a DIY) and include your location. (If you are getting errors, please send the email to rogerjwillhite(at)gmail.com. Sorry about that. I’ll try to get it fixed.)
All payments will be made only through paypal after we verify that you are indeed the homeowner or a genuine resident in the home of the photo you submitted. If your photo is selected as a winner, we will verify and promptly send your your cash winnings.
We reserve the right to use your image on our site, but not for resale or commercial purposes. We know that your privacy is of great concern to you. However, to be eligible for the contest, you must fill out your real name and address in the form above. This is for verification so that we can pay you. Your information will not be shared with anyone. Period. We will publish your general location, such as your city, but not your full address. Please write in the comments section of the form if you would like to use your real name or a pseudonym in the gallery (and give us the pseudonym you’d like to use.
If you have any questions, please contact us using the standard contact form for our site. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2014. Voting for the contest ends on June 1, 2014. The winners will be notified and displayed on the site by July 15, 2014 A minimum of 50 entrants is required for a winner to be selected, so be sure to tell your friends and neighbors. If no winner is selected due to lack of entrants, your photos will be permanently deleted from our server at your request. You may withdraw from the contest at and any point and your photo will be permanently deleted from our server.