UW Solar is a Vertically Integrated Project
and Registered Student Organization that is part of the
Urban Infrastructure Lab at the University of
Washington. We participate in the planning, design, and development of solar and related electrification
(e.g., electric vehicles, charging, energy storage) projects and information systems on campus, and
advise public organizations off-campus (e.g., other colleges, schools, and large public organizations)
in this subject matter. Students from various disciplines and class standings (Freshman to PhD) work
together on a diverse set of projects spanning (but not limited to) engineering, architecture,
construction management, public policy and administration, business and urban planning. Below is a list
of services we provide in Project Development and Advising.
Site Evaluations and Shading Analysis
Photovoltaic (PV) System Preliminary Design
Cost Estimation and Financial Modeling of Solar Arrays
Creating and reviewing policy documents with sections for Industry Trends, Federal Regulations, State Law, City Code and UW Policy
Procurement of Funding
Request for Proposal (RFP) Drafting
Reviewing of Installation and Comissioning
Research & Advising
Research and Evaluation of Photovoltaic (PV) and Electrical Vehicle (EV) Technologies
Compile Databases of Available Technologies
Financial Modeling for implementation of PV/EV Technologies
Decision Making Models
Strategic and Spatial Planning
UW Solar is also offered as a 1-2 credit course in the College of Engineering
and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning of the College of Built Environments
If you decide to take UW Solar for credit, you must take any of the courses listed for two
consecutive quarters. Add codes are available at meetings.
Who: Students of all majors and every class standing. No experience or application is necessary. Where: We currently meet on Zoom Meetings.
Once UW reopens we will resume our normal meeting space at Gould Hall room 012C. When: We currently meet every two weeks on Mondays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Once UW reopens we will resume our normal meeting times of Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.