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  /  Past SSB Teams + Impact

Past SSB Teams + Impact

  • Ashley Cowell (Sacramento Team Lead)
  • Jesica Sutandi (Oakland Team Lead)
  • Aly Asani
  • Stella Ban
  • Alexander de Frondeville
  • John Forbes
  • Eddie Guo
  • Zuri Guzman
  • Celeste Islas
  • Jennifer Jackson
  • Joshua Jia
  • Tony Kam
  • Michelle Kim
  • Shraddha Kumar
  • Jesica Lee
  • Anjing Li
  • Annie Liu
  • Katherine Rojas
  • Elizabeth Rozmarynowska
  • Hawraa Safar
  • Richard Tee
  • Janna Alexia Valdez
  • Yuniba Yagues

Our 2020 team was not able to participate in the week of Solar Spring Break due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, they were still able to learn about renewable energy and environmental justice through the DeCal and were able to support GRID financially via the money raised. In place of the week long program, GRID hosted online webinars throughout the week.

Past SSB Teams Impact
  • Andrew Chow (Team Leader)
  • Jenny Rempert (Team Leader)
  • Sam Good
  • Cheyenne Kabil
  • Taeri Song
  • Sabina Mahavni
  • Weiping Huang
  • Deborah Lin
  • T.G. Roberts
  • Andrea Rocha
  • Ashley Cowell
  • Sarah Bancroft
  • Mona Elalami
  • Joy Heewon Jung
  • Ella Tyler
  • Joseph Palakapilly
  • Tammie Yu
  • Shuge Luo
  • Christal Ann Bermudez
  • Justin Hogenauer
  • Sean Koyama
  • Adeline Leung
  • Jeffrey Tsang

We were able to form two teams again to participate in Oakland and Salinas. The Oakland team installed 7.7 kW DC total, creating an offset of 81 tons of carbon. That’s the equivalent of 1,890 trees being planted in just two days. We were able help save the families about $32,230 through the lifetime of the systems.

  • Serena Patel (Team Leader)
  • Steven Chan (Team Leader)
  • Christopher Orner
  • Nguyen Bui
  • Jaeyoung Choi
  • Timothy Lee
  • Joseph Kim
  • Abiagil Edilyn Jacob
  • Elizabeth Shehter
  • Dianne Chung
  • Andrew Chow
  • Jarek Chu
  • Cindy Asano
  • Anna Dell’Amico
  • Dante Gonzales
  • Phoebe Gross
  • Ilona Evelina Mantachian
  • Julie Lum
  • David Yi
  • Sandra Maw
  • Jesica Sutandi
  • Jenny Rempert

This year was unique for us: we had so many applicants that we were able to form two teams! Each team was responsible for raising $5,000 which was challenging but rewarding. In the end, one team traveled to the Central Coast, and the other team stayed in the Bay Area for our Spring Break trip.

In the end, impacts for community and environment included:

    • Installation of 15.3 kW DC of solar for four low-income households in the City of Pittsburg and Soledad in the Salinas Valley
    • Energy savings of over $140,000 over their lifetimes – savings that can go towards medical bills, groceries, and future college tuition
  • In case you have a hard time visualizing the impact of offsetting 300 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (the weight equivalent of 50 adult elephants), think of it this way: in two days, we offset an equivalent amount of emissions as planting 6,962 trees.
  • Jaylyn Acree
  • Bianca Champenois
  • Dennis Chiu
  • Alexandra Cisneros Carey
  • Ansel Deng
  • Rebecca Harcourt
  • Serena Patel
  • Echo Sun
  • John Tatro
  • Eileen Williams
  • Emily Yan
  • Teresa Yu

We installed a total of 7.4 kW DC, which is projected to have the following environmental and economic impacts for the family and the community:
 – $69,000 direct savings to families by energy generated by the system over its lifetime 
 – 142 tons of carbon emissions prevented, equivalent to planting over 3,295 trees in just 5 days!

  • Brooke Maushund
  • Allegra Saggese
  • Narayan Shyamal Gopinathan
  • Hannah Haugenes
  • Vania Fong
  • Caroline Anna Hartmann Loffredo
  • Vineet Jagadeesan Nair
  • Audrey McNamara
  • Kelly Jiang
  • Cameron Ishee
  • Chloe Zhang

Impacts of the 2016 Team: Installation of a 3.03 kW-AC system which is estimated to provide an average lifetime energy usage offset of  94.56%.  Clean energy systems benefit us all, with 67 tons of greenhouse gas emissions diverted from the environment.  That’s equivalent to the planting of 1,574 trees!

The team also raised $5,165 through Berkeley Crowdfunding to contribute to the costs of solar panels, installation, and team member transportation throughout the Solar Spring Break trip.

See pictures from the 2016 trip here.

For the second year in a row, UC Berkeley students formed a Solar Spring Break Team. The 2015 team installed solar panels for a qualifying family in Oakland, CA. The 2015 team members were:

  • 2015 Solar Spring Break Team

    Angela Shen

  • Kevin Graham
  • Cody Schaff
  • Erica Taylor
  • Tina Huang
  • Eric Linxie
  • Valmik Prabhu
  • Sandy Yip
  • Kevin Bai

The team raised $4493 via Piggybackr and a 2015 CACS Grant to contribute to the costs of solar panels, installation, and team member housing and transportation throughout the Solar Spring Break trip.

2014 Solar Spring Break Team

The inaugural 2014 Solar Spring Break Team included:

  • Angela Meese Shen
  • Angie Shen
  • Kristen Chen
  • Sam Klein
  • Qusai Bhaijeewala
  • Nikhil Gargeya
  • Natalie Zhang

The team raised more than $3,000 to contribute to the costs of solar panels, installation, and team member housing and transportation throughout the Solar Spring Break trip.


Impacts of the 2014 Team:

  • Carbon Offset by Project (Tons): 105.77
  • Estimated Client Savings: $34,272
  • Equivalent Number of Trees Planted: 2,487