College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management

College - Author 2

College of Architecture and Environmental Design



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

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


Skip the Grid is an interdisciplinary project that involves installing solar energy systems in the Navajo Nation. The project’s mission was to support the Navajo families, specifically the students that have limited access to light which directly affects their education. On March 26, 2023, a team of 20 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) students, across eight different majors, travelled to Arizona to collaborate with the Red Mesa and Chinle Unified School Districts to install “off-grid” solar energy systems and lights. Through this project the Cal Poly students learned about the people of Navajo Nation, solar energy, and the importance of interdisciplinary learning. Skip the Grid is now two years running and is continuing to evolve and excel not only to support the people of Navajo, but also for Cal Poly students to exercise Cal Poly’s core philosophy, “Learn by Doing."

Skip_the_Grid_SP_Poster.pdf (2206 kB)
Poster Board

Senior Project Proposal.pdf (482 kB)

SP_Evaluation&Reflection.pdf (492 kB)