BSU Senior Wins Third Place in Statewide Clean Energy Solar Video Contest

Bemidji State University student Anna Haynes won third place in the statewide Clean Energy Resource Team (CERTs) & Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) solar video contest. Contestants were invited to submit up to three videos to the competition in early October after which public voters chose their favorites. Haynes, a senior mass communications major from Albany, Minn., submitted three videos to the competition.

With the goal ofhighlighting Minnesota’s solar energy initiatives, contenders were tasked with composing videos between 30 seconds and ten minutes in length that positively relayed messages about the state’s solar resources and leadership in sustainability. Submissions ranged from original songs or poems, stories about local projects, project time-lapses, personal testimonials and more.

Two of Haynes’ videos were ranked in the top ten results of the competition, with her video “Solar Powered Poem” earning third place and “Live for Tomorrow” in tenth place. She is the only competitor to have two submissions win a seat in the top ten.

Along with a monetary prize, the top three composers received free admission to the MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar Conferenceon for the awards ceremony.


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