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


Skip the Grid is a collaborative effort to bring off-grid power to communities that are isolated and experience inequalities, such as the Navajo Nation, in order to enhance their quality of life. This effort involved an interdisciplinary team of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) students, SOLV Energy, and Heart of America (HOA). Due to the vast nature of the reservation, lack of government focus in the region, and Covid’s severe damage to the community, a large number of homes of school age children do not have power. This project installed solar panels, battery systems, and lights in 24 homes in the Central Consolidated School District in Shiprock, New Mexico. The focus of this project was to provide power and lights to ensure more students could take part in remote learning by using school provided computers and Wi-Fi hotspots to study at home and complete homework. Not only did this project make a significant impact on the community, it also provided a unique learning experience for Cal Poly students. It brought together different disciplines to achieve a common goal and help fine tune this project for years to come.