Cal Poly solar project, completed by students, is now operational

An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

A solar electric system designed and installed by Cal Poly architecture and engineering students earlier this summer for the university’s bioresource and agricultural engineering building is now up and running.

The students, supervised by faculty, industry and campus facilities professionals, completed the project in 10 weeks.

The solar panels were provided by SunPower, and additional supplies were donated by SnapNrack, Sunrun (formerly REC Solar Residential) and Quaglino Roofing.

Prior to the installation, 41 students finished two other solar installations on low-income homes in collaboration with the Central Coast regional office of GRID Alternatives, a national nonprofit that offers job training in the solar industry by coordinating volunteer efforts.

The students' work included filing building permits and completing installation through the start of its operation.