[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Forty teams of high school students from throughout Southern California have entered Metropolitan Water District’s fourth annual Solar Cup program, making it the nation’s largest solar boat program at the high school and collegiate levels. Teams are given workspace under large tents, boat kits, instructions and a tool chest. Later, with $3,000 donated by local sponsors, they will equip the shells they are building with solar-powered electrical systems, steering and other necessities to prepare for the race in May 2006 at Lake Skinner in Claremont, California. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.