Student Summer Project: Installing Solar Panels and Making Community Connections

Above: Jacob Walters, Penn State student intern, and Otto Braided Hair, fire chief of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, working on the solar panel installation

In the midst of the summer heat, 10 student interns traveled to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Birney, Montana as part of the Energy Innovation Leadership Experience, a program at Penn State at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia that offers hands-on learning in sustainable energy.

Two students from NECA Penn-Del-Jersey’s Penn State Student Chapter, Jake Miscio and Jennafer Hakun, took part in the group that connected with residents and leaders in the community and installed 18 solar panels on the roof of a community center. The installation was designed and run by the interns and construction took place over three days.

The Penn State Energy Innovation Leadership Experience brings together summer interns at the Navy Yard from several universities, including: Penn State University, Texas A&M University, Villanova University, San Jose State University, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Twelve employers participate in the program as well: Penn State, GE Grid Solutions, NECA Penn-Del-Jersey, Private Energy Partners, Enbala Power Networks, ProtoGen Energy, Intellimation Inc., PECO, OSIsoft, PIDC, and Net Zero Microgrid Solutions.

As part of the program, students work with leading companies to address challenges and develop solutions within energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies. We are proud to participate and applaud Jake and Jennafer for representing our Chapter.

Learn more about the program here.