The Solar Energy Association (SEA) at UC Merced started in July 2017. SEA will strive to connect and prepare students for a clean energy future. We will serve as a central source for students to gain knowledge and progress towards a career in the renewable energy industry. In order to achieve our goals, we will be a project-based organization, with ongoing projects, workshops, fundraisers, and info sessions about solar energy as a whole and solar energy careers.

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If you ever see our organization table, stop by and say hello! Solar Energy Association is committed to bringing solar energy awareness to UC Merced.

2019 – 2020 Solar Energy Association Executive Board

2019-2020 Executive board photo

Have an idea for a solar energy project? Contact our Project Manager. Want to see a specific workshop to challenge your knowledge and gain hands-on experience? Talk to our Workshop Director and contact our Outreach Director for volunteering opportunities!

Leadership Award

2017-2018 Outstanding New Student Organization Award

Solar Energy Association is honored to receive the Outstanding New Student Organization leadership award on April 29, 2018. The organization has faced many challenges in its first year, yet managed to continue bringing educational workshops and hands-on learning projects to the UC Merced community. SEA successfully coordinated its first annual Energize Merced conference that same year which brought faculty and students together to discuss the latest solar energy technologies and career opportunities in the renewable energy industry. SEA will continue to provide the same excellence and quality to its members and strive for a more knowledgeable, sustainable community.


Solar Energy Association aims to bring networking opportunities to its members. Below, a few members and officers are representing SEA at the 2018 California Solar Power Expo in San Diego.

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Solar Energy Association works diligently to present to its members the latest solar technologies. Here, a group of students and SEA members had the benefit of touring UC Solar and speaking to some of their graduate students.

Danny Wu (left), Vice President, working with some solar cells to generate some IV curves showing our commitment to solar energy.

Briana Aguilar, Fundraising Director, and Denise Gutierrez (right), giving away free succulents and discussing solar energy for Earth Month.