College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Joseph Cleary, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The Skip the Grid project was a project completed with the joint efforts of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) and many other company sponsors including Solv Energy, Dometic, Goal Zero and Heart of America a nonprofit. Skip the Grid’s project goal and outcomes was to improve the quality of life and provide clean sustainable off grid energy to families within the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation is located in the Four Corners region of the United States with approximately a third of its residents without the means or circumstances to be tied into grid level power. During the Covid-19 epidemic, life without grid level power was worsened as many of the children had to participate in distance learning, often without the tools or resources in order to be successful. The partners of the Skip the Grid project worked with community leaders of the Red Mesa school district to identify families that were the most impacted, to provide them solar power and the necessary school supplies. When completed the Skip the Grid team had in all supplied eleven families a solar powered system that provided power, refrigeration, and light.

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