The Shonto community is a very low-density Native American population in northern Arizona.  Because of how low their population density is and distance between houses, they lack the infrastructure to have power lines brought to every house. An additional problem to this is that they lack proper refrigeration for healthy foods. Several in the community are suffering from diabetes and other health-related issues from a lack of fresh foods.

Our proposed solution is to design solar panel systems for seven households that cannot connect to the electrical grid. The power system must be able to supply power to a single household and must be weather resistant, theft resistant, and have great longevity, to ensure that the people aren’t left without power. The system must also be reliable, because any failure would lead to a complete loss of power in the vicinity of the failed device, due to the lack of any backup systems. We are split up into three sections: electrical, structural. The electrical side of the team is focusing on the type of current, the amount of power, and the number of solar panels per system. The structural side of the team is working on the battery storage, the structure to hold the solar panels, and methods to mount the structure to the ground.

 

Team Members: 

Tony Gallegos, Junior, Electrical Engineering

Joy Arnold, Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering

Jairo Ramirez Torres, Freshman, Mechanical Engineering

Zachary Poit, Freshman, Aerospace Engineering

Monique Weber, Sophomore, Chemical Engineering

 

Community Partner:Shonto Community