Solar Light


Project Mission

We aim to create a stand-alone solar lighting fixture for use in a remote area. This will provide a sustainable, easy-to-install light while also demonstrating practical uses for solar energy. The light will be resistant to overcast conditions and grid outages. In the future we hope have this light will show communities around San Diego that solar powered lighting is possible in their communities and to aid us in bring sustainable lighting to lower income communities.

Solar Light / Micro-Grid

  • Energy Independent Solar Light
  • Uses batteries to store energy overnight
  • Adaptable
  • Current implementation planned for use by the UCSD Sports Facilites.


  • Places that are far away from an electrical grid or in an area where trying to connect to the rid would be costly.
  • Places that wish to be separate from the main grid for either safety reasons or just for the desire to be grid independent.
  • Can be used for path lighting in areas that are lacking infrastructure such as in parks.
  • The system can be modified to run other low-power systems: wifi routing/bridging, clocks, speakers.


Current Status

We have finished researching the appropriate parts we need to build our Solar Light fixture. We are currently in the process of applying for more funding and then buying the parts we need to build a prototype of our light. We are also researching how to build our fixture to be the most efficient possible. Our current goal is to provide solar light fixtures to the UCSD Sports Facilities to put in areas that are difficult to connect to an electrical grid.


Apply to TGIF 11/10/2017
Explore opportunity at  The Village Community Garden 11/20/2017
Confirm location of Implementation 12/01/2016
Order parts using TGIF 12/08/2016
Purchase battery and begin construction of prototype 01/15/2017
Complete Project 03/20/2017
Submit final project report to TGIF 03/25/2017

Group Members

Amanda Cabreros, Zi (Mikey) Deng, Cesar Magana (Project Leader)

We currently meet Thursdays  from 1:00PM to 2:00PM at SCC 350.

If you have any questions please contact Cesar Magana at