College - Author 1

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Department - Author 1

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Agricultural Systems Management



Primary Advisor

Mark Zohns


This senior project involves designing a solar system for an agriculture entity and conducting a feasibility management study on the system. The feasibility study will look the initial cost, amount of energy generated, and estimated payback of the system. These factors will determine whether or not the Cal Poly poultry unit should ever implement solar into their operations. It will be ideal if the designed system can generate enough power to cover the electric usage associated. The system can be either photovoltaic or thermal and could either be a ground or roof mount system. The agriculture entity selected was the Cal Poly Poultry Unit and the solar company that has been selected for guidance is Pacific Energy. The design system must abide to Cal Fire building codes. The System must look professional, precise, uniform, and must be presentable.