Gault Energy & Stone is culminating its yearlong 150th anniversary celebration with an online essay competition for teens.

The winner of the competition, "What's Next? Energy Solutions for the Next 150 Years," will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a personal tour of the Bank of America Tower in New York City, one of the world's most environmentally responsible high-rise office buildings, the company said.

"I fully expect that today's teens will be turning to solar, wind and other renewable energy sources by the time they are raising their own kids," said Sam Gault, the fifth generation to head the Westport company that bears his name. "As the state's oldest family-owned and operated energy provider, we're excited to hear their visions of the future when it comes to powering our homes, businesses and cars. Their future will be our company's future."

The essay competition winner will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes Gault Energy -- Polar Bears International Arctic Ambassador Sarah Cooperman, a Williams College freshman and graduate of Staples High School; the Westport Library Exhibits/Programs Associate Chris Timmons, who curated the library's current "Canary in the Coal Mine: The Plight of the Polar Bear and Planet Earth" exhibit, and Gault Energy's renewable energy expert, Rob Capri.

The contest will run through Oct. 29, with the winner announced in early November. The entry form is available at, Gault Energy & Stone's anniversary website. Essays should be no longer than 500 words. As part of their research, interested teens are encouraged to visit the Westport Library exhibit for an overview of energy solutions past and present.