2023 Solar District Cup
The InSPIRE Solar Cup team -consisting of three students- took part in the Solar District Cup 2022-23 competition and won a trophy for being 1st place in our division. Since there were five divisions, we essentially got into the top 5 out of 57 student teams, but not 1st place.
The Solar District Cup is an annual online competition which challenges college level student teams from across the US to act as solar developers in the development of a hypothetical solar proposal for a real-world site (i.e. a district). We were assigned the Lake Nona Town Center District.
" The team from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a deep understanding of the district’s aesthetic philosophy to produce an insightful PV solution. They performed a thoughtful risk assessment and impressed the judges with their technical mastery of systems engineering solutions. " ~ Solar Cup Judges
2021 Solar District Cup
In 2020-2021, we participated in a solar design competition sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The goal was to create a plan for a massive PV network in a neighborhood in southeast Denver. We selected specific hardware, evaluated the best panel locations, worked out how to finance the project, projected the returns, and drafted a construction timeline, ensuring that the system was up to code. Ultimately, we presented this plan to NREL and made it to the 3rd round of 4 before being eliminated.
Mini Off-Grid PV System
A mini off-grid PV system that acted as a prototype for the SPOT Solar PV System and was finished in the 2017-2018 school year. It can charge small devices like cell-phones and has basic safety mechanisms. It was showcased in both the 2018 and 2019 Engineering Open House.
Net-zero Home Model
A simple model of a net-zero energy home equipped with miniature solar panels and a vertical wind turbine. It was showcased in the 2017 Engineering Open House (EOH) and won the first place EOH Green Award.