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Energy and Environment Program

Solar Voltaic Pilot Project

This project is in the planning and grant proposal phase.  It is one of the first proposals for the new Green Action Fund grants.  This pilot project will compare a traditional fixed frame solar array with a flexible thin film array which is adhered directly to the roof surface, which can also be an integrated part of the roofing system.  The project will determine the return on investment (ROI) or payback time for a large scale solar electrical project and which system is best for this location at this time.  It will be a student led project. 

The project leader will be Joshua Ogle, a senior in Electrical Engineering with Larry Gliniecki, a senior in Mechanical Engineering and Travis Hancock, a senior in Electrical Engineering rounding out the students on the team. Daniel Bostrom, a Program Consultant with the Energy & Environment Program is the project proposer and will provide administration and general guidance for the team with Ruth Douglas Miller Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as the faculty member and will provide technical advice. The student members of the interdisciplinary team will design the structural and electrical componentry and complete the installation of the systems.

Check back for periodic updates on the progress of this project.