Four University of California San Diego mechanical engineering students created an analytical tool making it easier for both UC San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District to determine cost, energy output and payback time when applying for Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs).
The San Diego Unified School District ultimately secured the most CREB allocations of any one agency in the nation totaling $74 million for 111 projects. UC San Diego will receive $15 million for 15 renewable energy projects.
Jan Kleissl, the students’ advisor, heralds the project’s success as a much needed step in making San Diego the solar capital of the nation.
Read more about Karl Olney, Michael Gollner, Kevin Peng and Ihab Khayal and their calculation tool: http://www.physorg.com/wire-news/18723097/ucsd-engineering-students-help-san-diego-region-secure-154-milli.html
Photograph of solar panels by Living Off Grid