It Takes a Village
Electri International offers an annual $20,000 grant through their Student Passport Initiative Program. The grant is awarded to NECA Student Chapters who demonstrate competence and ambition via competitive submissions to the organization regarding international, charitable projects. Solar installation for the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (San Pedro, Belize) was suggested by Electri Board members who have contacts in San Pedro. Cal Poly was selected to carry out the design and installation process. Our very own Parker Haerr (a recent Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Construction Management Grad) was heavily involved in front end management of this project. Back in March of 2016, coordination and design kicked off!
Alongside Parker were 10 key members with different levels of skill sets which created quite a dynamic team:
• Cal Poly NECA Student Council Members: Joe Gugale, David Mulder, Kent Beecham, John Pezzini, Austin Stewart
• Cal Poly Professors: Lonny Simonian, Paul Redden
• Local San Pedro Electrician Eddie Halliday
• IBEW Apprentice Electrician Dan Twomey
• Sprig Electric Project Engineer Parker Haerr
Sprig Electric donated materials crucial to completing the installation of infrastructure and wiring for a 6KW PV Array in an outdoor, hurricane prone environment. Other generous donors included: Richard & Brad McBride of Southern Contracting in San Diego, Cupertino electric, Collins Electric, LLD Electric, Encore Wire, Southwire, Graybar, Shea Electric, and Milwaukee Tools.
In order for this project to come to life, it truly took a village! Team members from domestic and foreign areas, as well as competitors coming together for financial support, demonstrates remarkable teamwork despite barriers and differences. One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team
This project is yet to be completed as it came to light during the installation process that the inverter on hand for the project is only operable via power incoming from a battery bank (which was previously eliminated due to budgetary reasons). Electri has volunteered to donate batteries to get this project up and running at full capacity. In the meantime, David Mulder (also a Sprig Electric Project Engineer joining our team after graduation) will be the head of this project; seeing it through to final completion.
“This particular project reflects Sprig’s involvement in all aspects of industry considering how many diverse parties were involved. Throughout this process, the worlds of students, professors, and industry members in both the office and field as well as domestic and foreign collided to create a cohesive team. Not only are we working to give back to the community, but to enhance the one’s that we each inhabit by learning more about each realm.” – Parker Haerr