Guided Project

UofC Energy

The project aims to install Solar PV systems on the roof of a home in the Siksika Reserve, reducing utility costs and enhancing energy security. By harnessing renewable solar energy, the initiative seeks to promote sustainability and self-sufficiency within the community.

Project Overview

The project aims to install Solar PV systems on the roof of a home in the Siksika Reserve, reducing utility costs and enhancing energy security. By harnessing renewable solar energy, the initiative seeks to promote sustainability and self-sufficiency within the community. Additionally, the project will serve as a model for other homes, encouraging wider adoption of green energy solutions in the area.
The project will significantly benefit the residents by reducing the frequency or fully eliminating emergency periods without power, ensuring a more stable and reliable energy supply. The longevity of the solar PV unit will provide Siksika Housing with a durable and sustainable energy solution, reducing maintenance and replacement costs over time. By decreasing the load potential for Fortis Energy, the project will help stabilize the overall power grid, particularly during peak load times, and enhance the efficiency of energy distribution. Additionally, by leveraging sunlight for energy production, the project will contribute to a greener and more resilient energy infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

Team

Walid Shmoury – Team Lead (Team Lead)

Meet Walid Shmoury, your dedicated Team Lead for this project. With a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, I bring a wealth of experience in renewable energy, specializing in designing feasible solar systems. My leadership ensures our project stays on track for success.

Mickey Macdonald

Engaged in his first year of Engineering, pursuing a Bachelor of Sustainable Systems Engineering. After a decade out of post secondary, Mickey returned to school, leaving a career in distilling craft spirits,  to attempt to help solve the ever present dangers of climate change in a meaningful way. Their role is to support and facilitate connection to the local community, while developing the technical skills through osmosis from his peers.

Harshita Kapur

Harshita Kapur is a Master’s student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary. With a background in rail automation, she brings valuable industrial experience to the project. Harshita’s role involves overseeing the technical aspects, ensuring the effective implementation and integration of solar PV systems. Her experience and knowledge will be instrumental in achieving the project’s goals and addressing the technical challenges associated with renewable energy solutions.

Kareem Youssef 

Kareem is taking the role of  Fundraising and Outreach Lead for the project. Kareem is an Electrical & Digital Engineering student and the co-founder and president of the Student Energy University of Calgary Chapter since 2021.

Abdujalel Wadouh

Abduljalel Wadouh is taking the role of Project Deliverable Lead for the Solar Project. He is also a Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering student at the University of Calgary in which he co-founded the Student Energy Chapter there in 2021 and has subsequently been serving as an executive since.

Walid Shmoury
MICKEY MACDONALD
HARSHITA KAPUR
KAREEM YOUSSEF
Abdujalel Wadouh
Walid Shmoury
MICKEY MACDONALD
HARSHITA KAPUR
KAREEM YOUSSEF
Abdujalel Wadouh

Team Mentor:

Tristan Walker

Tristan, hailing from North Western B.C., champions energy autonomy, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. With a shift from Aerospace Engineering to sustainable energy through a Masters at Carleton University, he founded an apparel brand to fund renewable energy projects. As an energy manager in Pincher Creek Alberta, he saved over $90,000/year. Tristan values positive leadership, teamwork, and personal growth, now running a hybrid consulting/startup platform to support communities.

TIMELINE

Project Rationale

The motivation behind the project to install Solar PV systems on the roof of a home in the Siksika Reserve stems from the need to enhance energy security, reduce utility costs, and promote sustainable living. This project addresses several critical issues:

  • Energy Security: By providing a reliable source of renewable energy, the project aims to reduce the frequency or fully eliminate emergency periods without power. This is particularly important for the residents, who will benefit from a more stable and dependable energy supply.
  • Cost Reduction: Solar energy can significantly lower utility bills for the residents, making energy more affordable and easing financial burdens on households. This is crucial in supporting the economic well-being of the community.
  • Sustainability: The project promotes the use of renewable energy, contributing to a reduction in carbon emissions and fostering environmental sustainability. This aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and transition to greener energy sources.
  • Infrastructure Longevity: By installing durable solar PV units, the project ensures long-term benefits for Siksika Housing, reducing the need for frequent maintenance and replacements. This enhances the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of housing infrastructure.
  • Grid Stability: By decreasing the load potential for Fortis Energy, especially during peak load times, the project aids in stabilizing the power grid. Utilizing sunlight for energy production during sunny periods helps alleviate stress on the grid, improving overall energy efficiency.

The importance of this project lies in its comprehensive approach to addressing energy insecurity, economic challenges and environmental concerns. It not only benefits individual households but also contributes to the resilience and sustainability of the broader community and energy infrastructure.


 

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Email to contact: ucalgary@studentenergy.org

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Project Budget

Permit
$350

Inverter
$8,000

Solar Panels
 $4,500

Labour
 $3,500

Breakers, wire etc:
$650

Total Budget
$ 17000 + 10% contingency = $ 18,700

 

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