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 groundbreaking initiative designed to bring sustainable, off-grid power solutions to isolated communities facing significant challenges, such as the Navajo Nation. This collaborative effort involved an interdisciplinary team of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) SOLV Energy, and Heart of America (HOA). Due to the vast and dispersed nature of the reservation, a historical lack of government investment, and the severe impact of COVID-19 on the community, many homes are without electricity. This project aimed to address these issues by installing Goal Zero solar panels, battery systems, and lighting in 24 homes of families with school-aged children from the Central Consolidated School District in New Mexico. The primary goal was to enable students to participate in remote learning and use school computers for their studies and homework. The project not only had a transformative impact on the community by enhancing educational opportunities but also provided an invaluable hands-on learning experience for Cal Poly students. By integrating various disciplines, the initiative achieved a common objective and laid the groundwork for future improvements. This collaboration exemplifies how innovative solutions and educational partnerships can drive social change and improve the quality of life for underserved populations.

STG 2024 Senior Project Presentation Board.pdf (3373 kB)
Poster Board

Wills SP - Proposal Form .pdf (241 kB)

Reflection.pdf (60 kB)