Students from the University of Washington Mechanical Engineering program designed a solar panel system for our headquarters property, Paradise Farm, as their senior capstone project.
Sustainable Aquaponics at Farmer Frog (SAFF) is a collaborative effort between Farmer Frog and the Community-Based Learning and Research program at University of Washington Bothell. Mechanical engineering students from the 2016 graduating class designed and constructed a scalable solar array for collecting renewable energy, helping Farmer Frog promote environmentally-responsible practices for sustainable farming and a sustainable future.
The students handed over the solar system on June 18th and Zsofia switched on the system at 5:35 pm that afternoon. The system is small, but can and will be expanded by new classes each year. It however supplies the power for our use now and it will support our first aquaponic set up as well.
Our goal to run on alternative energy includes solar, biogas and other options, and the partnership with UW Bothell engineering department makes it all possible!
Thanks to students Joshua Hurley, Justin Kneip, Richard Yip and professor Pierre Mourad for all of their hard work and attention to detail! This project was made possible thanks to generous donations, discounts, and volunteer support from: UW Bothell, Mt. Solar, Blue Frog Solar & A&R Solar.