2023 Challenge Runner-Up – Georgia Institute of Technology

Team Members:

Ila Sharma – Undergraduate Majoring in Computer Science

Joelle Dlugozima – Undergraduate Majoring in Public Policy

Patrick Young – Undergraduate Majoring in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics

Gururaj Deshpande – Undergraduate Majoring in Biomedical Engineering

School:   Georgia Institute of Technology

Challenge:   It’s Electric

The objective of this challenge is to increase the electrification of U.S. buildings (residential, commercial, new, or existing). Student team solutions should lead to reductions in energy use and carbon emissions through electrification solutions, and students should emphasize reducing inequalities in obtaining technologies for identified stakeholder groups.

Project Title: Solar Savings Web Estimator

Solution:   Our mission focuses on raising awareness for and ease the incorporation of rooftop solar panels into low-income housing projects. Our proposal is a website that allows the low-income population of Atlanta to view the average savings and tax break received if they decided to use solar power based on their current energy usage. This website also contains a separate page detailing the cost benefits of solar power in its relationship with the Inflation Reduction Act raising awareness for these federal reforms.