The purpose of Austin Nobben’s project was to develop a solar powered retrofit kit that can be easily installed on the existing light poles around the Campus. The kit includes a light-emitting diode (LED) lamp, a solar power system with battery storage, and a backup system to run the light if the solar panels fail. The system was designed to power the LED lamp for two nights in any weather condition common to Camarillo. The project needed to be economically viable with a return on investment of eight years in order to be implemented campus wide. The use of solar energy to power the campus light poles reduces the need for energy derived mostly from burning natural gas.

building solar panelsWelding the frames for the solar panels

Finished Solar Pole during the day timeFinished Solar Pole at night