Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2020.


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Sarah Kate Wilson


When deploying systems halfway across the world, having some system for monitoring their performance and status is essential. All We Are, in their mission to build solar panel installations in Uganda, encounters this problem daily. For our project, we worked with All We Are to deliver a system to monitor these solar installations. Building an embedded solution that can communicate with the solar installations and upload the data to the cloud allowed us to accomplish this goal. Our system connects data from the existing solar panel infrastructure to the cloud. The platform of our system is a Raspberry Pi microprocessor. It interfaces with the existing solar infrastructure through several sensors and a serial connection to the charge controller to record data. To communicate this data to the cloud, we use another serial device, a GSM modem, to connect to a cellular network and upload to a web server.