By Nicola Brown
Another opportunity to say goodbye to gasoline! Across the world, people are growing more concerned about our collective carbon footprint. There is more news than ever before about how our we need to electrify everything immediately – and this includes our transportation. Thankfully, many car manufacturers have expanded their EV options, and there are more options than ever before. However, Tesla is still the company that’s leading as one of the most desirable cars in the world.
Tesla has been innovating from the very start – their Model X is one of the very first all-electric SUVs. The initial rollout in 2016 garnered a lot of attention, and the past few years has proven its worth. It won the American Automobile Association’s Top Green Vehicle overall for 2017, Forbes’ Best Vehicle of the Year for 2017, and a Guinness World Record for towing a 287,000 pound Boeing 787-9 airplane almost 1,000 feet. This year, you can enter to win a Model X of your own.
For the past six years, the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)* has hosted fundraising raffles to win a Tesla. ISEA is a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about solar energy, as well as advocating for renewable energy legislation in Illinois, and serving as a leader for other states. The organization knows that electric vehicles, especially in partnership with solar energy, are crucial parts of the path towards a more sustainable world.
Past winners share an enthusiasm for an electrified world. Mike B., the 2017 winner of the Model X, has been a life-long clean energy advocate and pursued that passion by entering a career in solar energy and supporting the work ISEA does to promote solar by purchasing raffle tickets. Now he says he’s excited to plug in an EV at a location powered by solar – you can get where you need to go without generating any harmful greenhouse gases!
Phil from Arlington Heights, IL, the 2018 winner, used ISEA’s free solar resources when installing his solar panels in 2013. Since then, he’s been following the organization and watching the solar movement grow in Illinois. He decided to enter the raffle as a way to give back: “I thought I would enter the raffle as a way to say thank you. I never thought I would win, so I basically considered it a donation.” Phil couldn’t believe it when he received the email notifying him he was the winner and spoke on the phone with ISEA’s board president to confirm. “I remember saying out loud, ‘What!?’ and then they repeated it and reminded me it was legit, that I could watch the video on [ISEA’s Facebook page] to see them pull my number,” he said. “I actually did go back and watch that video. Every time I watch, even now, six months later, I just giggle. I still can’t believe it.”
“The car is amazing. I can’t believe how advanced the technology has gotten,” he says of his new vehicle. “We’ve taken it from Chicago to Denver, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and more. Road trips have never been so much fun! And meeting other Tesla owners along the way and explaining how I won the car is always a great story.”
Anyone in the US can help support solar advocacy and enter for a chance to win a Tesla Model X by visiting the ISEA store. Here’s a quick overview of the rules:
- Only 2,500 tickets will be sold.
- There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.
- The contest ends at 11:59 PM CT on November 29th and the drawing will be held on December 5th.
- If fewer than 2,000 tickets are sold, then the drawing converts to a 50/50 drawing.
- Tickets are only valid if sold in the continental US (sorry to our readers outside the US!)
More about the Illinois Solar Energy Association: ISEA is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses. Catch ISEA’s newsletters by signing up here.
About the Author: Nicola Brown was the Program Associate at the Illinois Solar Energy Association. She loves being able to apply her English Major brain towards promoting renewable energy and making the world a greener place by writing about solar news in Illinois.
This article is sponsored by Illinois Solar Energy Association.