Santa Cruz

The CalSol team had a lot of fun in Santa Cruz showing the car to local high school students and others interested in solar technology. We spent Friday and Saturday at Soquel High School in Santa Cruz and did a quick talk on the KSCO AM 1080 radio station. You can read about the event in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and as always we have some pictures uploaded in our photo section. A big thank you to Judy Wilken of for organizing the event. Thank you for all of the hard work it took to make this event possible.

Cal Day and Santa Cruz

Thanks to everyone who made the hike up to Etcheverry Hall on Cal Day to check out the new car! It’s always fun when we get to show off our hard work, and everyone on our team was excited by the large turnout and interest in our project. I’d also like to give a shout out to the several CalSol alumni who came over and chatted with us, thanks for stopping by!

If you didn’t get a chance to see our car on Cal Day we will be displaying it again this coming weekend at Soquel High School in Santa Cruz. The team will be presenting the new car to local high school students as part of a program to promote interest in sustainability, science, and engineering in public schools. Check out the event’s flier for more details.

Distance Education and Cal Day

CalSol thanks, provider of information on online and other distance education programs, for their support of the team as a sponsor. Remember to check out their website and those of our other sponsors to see the organizations and companies which have helped our team to succeed.

As you can tell from our last few news posts, CalSol is excited for the opportunity to show our car at Cal Day this Saturday. We will be displaying the car on the breezeway between Etcheverry and Soda Hall. If you’re in Berkeley for Cal Day come by and check us out.

The Array is On!

Last weekend we attached the photovoltaic panels to the shell. It’s pretty exciting to see how much simply adding the panels changes the whole look of the shell. There is still a fair amount of work to do: all the solar panels still need to be wired together and we also need to do some light body work to waterproof the shell and to improve aerodynamics.

Work continues on the trailer. Thanks to the friendly eucalyptus trees near our garage we spent much of Saturday morning washing the roof of the trailer (again) in preparation for painting, but by the end of the day we had finished applying the first coat of shiny blue paint. We plan on adding a second coat next weekend, weather permitting, with decals and the team logo going on in time for CalDay!