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Where Are They Now? Sun Valley Solar Scholarship and Grant Recipients

Shannon Higgins

March 2019

Since 2016, Sun Valley Solar Solutions has been privileged to help several talented ASU Sustainability students with their personal missions to build a cleaner and more sustainable future.  Our contribution started as a company-wide fundraiser and has since evolved into an annual scholarship and grant designed to assist forward-thinking, aspirational students studying sustainability and solar photovoltaic systems at ASU.

Now in its third year, the Sun Valley Solar Solutions scholarship and grant is continuing to empower future movers and shakers in the sustainability industry. Previous recipients area already having a sizable impact in the world. Please read on and join us in celebrating their hard work. 

Saurabh Biswas - 2017 Grant Recipient  (pictured second from the right)

Group Photo_RetouchBiswas was in his second year as a PhD student in sustainability when he was awarded the 2017 SVSS grant. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Master of Technology in in Energy Systems Engineering from India. His passion for sustainable and affordable energy was born from his interest in traveling where he was a firsthand witness to how energy, poverty, and sustainability are interconnected.

Biswas and his team at the Center for Energy and Society's Grassroots Energy Innovation Lab were recently awarded the seed grant from the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO). Receiving this grant will enable them to work with small businesses and nonprofits around the globe to strategically expand their ability to design green energy initiatives with increased social impact. Read more about Biswas' important initiative here. 

SV Solar Solutions 1Junkee Ahn - 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Ahn is our most recent recipient, having been awarded our scholarship in 2018 when he was a junior at ASU. He has previously held internships with Kimberly-Clark Professional and the City of Phoenix, Aviation Department. In this department, he assisted with updating the department's sustainability management plan where he looked at new solar applications and electric vehicle charging at the airport, among other sustainable initiatives.

This past summer, Ahn went to South Korea to work with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). Here he was responsible for researching energy security, interconnected power grids, and environmental sustainability. Ahn believes that access to clean and modern energy is fundamental for a sustainable society and hopes his work contributes to promoting sustainable energy for all. Read more about Ahn's UN contributions here. 

On behalf of all the employees at Sun Valley Solar and our founders who inspire us, we are deeply honored to play a small role in these scholars' important research and contribution to a cleaner and more sustainable society. 

The Messner & Patzer Sustainable Energy Scholarship and Grant are available to students at ASU’s School of Sustainability who are interested in pursuing careers and/or research in alternative energy, including solar technology. More information is available here.

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