We’re very excited today to announce the Grand Prize winner of the 2011 SunPower Solar Discovery Game, an online contest and sweepstakes promoting solar education and energy awareness hosted on our Facebook page
. Drum roll please…
The winner of the 2011 Solar Discovery Game and a SunPower solar energy system worth $25,000 is …
Ewa Fietkiewicz of Anaheim, California!
Ewa was victorious in the contest which attracted more than 4,200 participants representing all 50 U.S. states. She won by answering all 209 questions correctly and collecting every bonus point in the game. Her speed in answering tiebreaker questions made Ewa the ultimate winner. She completed the tiebreaker in a little over 15 minutes – four minutes faster than the runner-up!
Remarkably, Ewa is gifting the system to her son, Jakub Fietkiewicz, a resident of Glendale, California and father of two boys, ages nine and ten.
We recently visited Ewa and Jakub at Jakub’s house in beautiful Glendale to congratulate them in person and learn about Ewa’s Solar Discovery Game journey and Jakub’s feelings about getting a SunPower system that will help significantly reduce his electricity costs as well as his family’s carbon footprint.
Ewa is a cataloger of archival materials at a prestigious Southern California university. During our conversation, Ewa explained that her personality and skill set helped her win. “I am a perfectionist. I make sure whatever I do is right. Also, a part of my job is research, so I was able to find the answers quickly,” she said.
Ewa explained that, before the contest, she was not very familiar with the solar industry, so she had to be particularly attentive and meticulous. “Learning interesting facts about solar energy and the solar industry kept me playing. For instance, I had no idea Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in photovoltaics. I was also surprised to learn that many companies and government agencies around the world use solar energy to reduce carbon emissions and save millions of dollars.”
Jakub was smitten by his mom’s great gift, a SunPower home energy system
worth $25,000. “We are an energy conserving family. I bike to work as much as I can. We compost and only have native plants in our garden to save water. We use energy saving light bulbs and don’t use air conditioning during the hot Southern California summers. Even so, we have not been able to reduce our monthly electricity bill below $400 a month,” he said.
Jakub is not new to solar. He had considered getting a system for his home and thought SunPower would be the best option.
He added, “I met a SunPower dealer at a local street fair who told me that SunPower panels are the most efficient on the market. I did my research and learned more about the SunPower difference and the importance of solar efficiency
As a result of his research, Jakub has opted to install a system that’s larger than the $25,000 system his mom has gifted to him!
“Thanks to SunPower’s panel efficiency, we can invest in a few more panels and increase the system capacity on our roof. As our sons grow up, our energy consumption is likely to increase. Also, we are considering buying an electric vehicle, which we would be able to charge with our home solar system.”
Jakub plans to use the money he saves on electricity bills for his kids’ education.
SunPower Premier Dealer SolarMAX Technology, Inc.
of City of Industry, Calif. will install the system on Jakub's Glendale home.
Congratulations to both Ewa and Jakub!
Check out the video below to meet with Ewa and Jakub and SunPower’s Chris Abess, who presented them with the prize.