Construction required temporary closing of congested city streets for crane lifts and working throughout the school calendar without interrupting educational sessions, administrative or medical activities. Due to the need to schedule roof upgrades, the construction and commissioning was done in three phases throughout 2019, with all system commissioned and put into commercial operation in the last weeks of the year.
In addition to the engineering and construction of the PV systems, we also worked with the university to craft a student engagement program. This program, called “RESET” for Renewable Energy Student Engagement Team, selected 25 highly motivated undergraduates to participate in a 6-week program covering various topics germane to the solar-energy industry and this project specifically. These included policy, finance, engineering, and construction, and concluded with site assessment and drone exercises to evaluate installing PV systems on campus dormitory buildings. The RESET program had a capstone presentation to the university executive leadership to review the findings and introduce the dormitory PV project to the strategic plan for the university. The RESET program was so successful that it has become a part of ongoing curriculum, and Azimuth continues to participate in the instruction sessions.