Westwood High School Solar Panels

Westwood High School Solar Panel Testing

After attending a job shadow at the TyRex Group, Altan, a student at Westwood High School, reached out to Austin Reliability Labs with a project that needed some assistance. Altan was tasked by Westwood’s Academy Specialist Lucy Sanchez and Vice Principal Sal Espinosa to look into a pair of solar panels that are built on school grounds. The purpose of this project was to first find whether or not the solar panels were usable, and if so, assess whether the output energy created by the panels was worth the cost of maintaining the panels. ARL Test Analyst Jon Roesch found out about the request and agreed to take time out of his (VERY busy!) schedule to visit Altan at Westwood’s campus, run tests on the panels and give some expert assistance.

After the assessment, Jon found that the panels were working perfectly and Altan will now assess the output of energy and the discount the school gets from their input into the grid. Beginning in 2001, the State Energy Conservation Office’s Texas Solar for Schools Program supplied many small-scale solar energy systems and complementary educational tools to school districts across the state. The schools saved energy while saving money on their electric bill at the same time, and students learned firsthand about renewable energy and energy conservation. In 2005, Austin Energy installed ten PV systems on schools located in its service territory. Schools submitted applications describing their commitment to solar before they received the systems. The Westwood solar installation, along with several more Austin area schools, were part of Phase IV of the Solar for Schools Program.

Austin Reliability Labs Logo
About ARL

Recognized as one of the top product reliability labs in the country with a unique balance of testing, consulting and on-site staffing services, Austin Reliability Labs (ARL) is a place where we recognize the hard work and passion that goes into the design and development of your product and want to find any problems in an effort to perfect it. We also understand a reputation is something that builds over time, so we focus on establishing long-term partnerships with each of our clients. With that in mind, we not only specialize in writing and developing all of the tests that we perform, but, unlike other labs, we provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order to maximize your product’s success. In addition to our on-site staffing and consulting services, ARL’s full array of reliability testing services include: HALT / HASS, Battery Life Tests, Qualification Tests, Environmental Tests, Mechanical Tests, Additive Manufacturing Tests and Custom Tests.

We believe quality is infused by finding every flaw in a product and methodically removing each one until the product shines. As a result, only a thorough, comprehensive reliability test program, as provided by ARL, will allow a product to emerge that will earn or maintain an unsullied and clean brand reputation.