ASB Cali

Solar Spring Break

Priority will be given to Engineering First Year students living in the Engineering Village, and to students in the College of Engineering.

NC State is partnering with Grid Alternatives to host NC State’s first ever Solar Spring Break – a unique service learning experience focused on renewable energy in low-income communities. Electricity is a luxury that thousands of communities in the United States cannot afford. A team of 10 NC State students will have the opportunity to spend spring vacation installing solar photovoltaics in an underserved community in California where residents may be unable to afford their utility bills. Students will engage with topics such as solar design, nonprofit management, and community outreach while working alongside a licensed solar panel installer.

This trip will be the first of its kind at NC State. This trip is also the recipient of a grant from NC State’s Sustainability Fund which will be used to offset the costs of the panels and other materials needed for a successful solar photovoltaic installation.

Students of all educational backgrounds have the opportunity to participate in this alternative service break program. In addition to bringing power to an impoverished community, participants will have a better understanding of how they can use their education and skills to improve the livelihood in underserved communities and how renewable energy can be used to promote sustainable development worldwide.

Important Information:

  • Trip dates: March 3-11, 2018
  • Location: California
  • 10 spaces
  • Approximate cost: $1000-$1200
  • Trip cost covers transportation, housing, and meals