Clark Public Utilities - Community Solar

Location:
Vancouver, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
319.00 - kilowatts

 Funded by participating customers, Clark Public Utilities built this Community Solar project in 2015. Community Solar is a different model for solar energy. Instead of putting a solar array on an individual home, community projects bring together a group of participants to build a larger array. More than 700 utility customers own a piece of this solar array and receive state incentives and utility generation credits based on the amount of solar power produced. These five separately metered systems generate enough solar energy to power about 30 homes each year. You can check out the new... Read full project narrative >>

Lopez Island Community Solar

Lopez Island Community Solar array
Location:
Lopez Island, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
9.98 - kilowatts

The San Juan Islands Conservation District is partnered with Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to install solar electric systems at the public schools on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw Islands in 2015. This exciting community solar project will deliver renewable energy to our public schools, reducing their electricity bills, and provide renewable energy education for our students. Participants receive a payback through production incentives. Lopez Island School is generating renewable... Read full project narrative >>

Wilson High School - PGE

Location:
Portland, OR
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
267.60 - kilowatts

In 2015, the Portland General Electric Renewable Development Fund, comprised of contributions from PGE Renewable Power customers, in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Energy Trust of Oregon, installed over 1.2 MW of solar on the rooftops of six schools including a 267.6 kW solar array (see live performance data) installed on Wilson High School. By leveraging the BEF Solar 4R... Read full project narrative >>

Friday Harbor Community Solar

Location:
Friday Harbor, WA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
9.90 - kilowatts

The San Juan Islands Conservation District is partnered with Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to install solar electric systems at the public schools on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw Islands in 2015. This exciting community solar project will deliver renewable energy to our public schools, reducing their electricity bills, and provide renewable energy education for our students. Participants receive a payback through production incentives. Lopez Island School is generating renewable solar energy through the community solar... Read full project narrative >>

Orcas Island High School

Orcas Island HS solar array
Location:
Eastsound, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
20.00 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, Orcas Island High School is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their photovoltaic (PV) system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms. The school installed a total of 20 kW of solar in 2015 through a unique partnership between the Solar 4R Schools program and the... Read full project narrative >>

Orcas Island Community Solar

Location:
Eastsound, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
11.40 - kilowatts

The San Juan Islands Conservation District is partnered with Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to install solar electric systems at the public schools on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw Islands in 2015. This exciting community solar project will deliver renewable energy to our public schools, reducing their electricity bills, and provide renewable energy education for our students. Participants receive... Read full project narrative >>

Integrating Solar Power (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
computer science
applied physics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will create voltage regulator and construct a solar battery charger.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
9-10.RST.3
9-10.RST.7
11-12.RST.9

At this point students should have a working robotic sunflower that will track the sun with 2 degrees of freedom. This next lesson powers the whole system with a photovoltaic module. A Zener diode is used to charge a 6V motorcycle battery which then supplies a voltage regulator which in turn supplies the 5V needed by the microprocessor. View full description >>

Dual Axis Light Tracking (Lesson 4)

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0
Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
computer science
applied physics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will create a solar tracker with two degrees of freedom.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
9-10.RST.3
9-10.RST.7
11-12.RST.9

Students will take the previous lesson and apply them in creating a light tracker with two degrees of freedom. The axis of rotation will be about the horizontal and vertical. Teams will have everything they need to make this build work. They have already created a tracker with one degree of freedom, so adding a second is a matter of replication... View full description >>

Creating a Light-tracking Servo (Lesson 3)

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0
Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
computer science
applied physics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will synthesize the previous lesson for light metering and servo control to design a servo controlled by two photoresistors that will track a light source.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
9-10.RST.3
9-10.RST.7
11-12.RST.9

Students will learn how to program the Basic Stamp to use information from two photoresistors to point a servo at a light source. This will be the first degree of freedom for the flower head. View full description >>

Controlling a Servo (Lesson 2)

Average Rating:
0
Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
computer science
applied physics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to apply the pulse width modulation to a servo from a Basic Stamp. Students will synthesize two circuit designs using one to control the other through the Basic Stamp.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.3
11-12.RST.7
11-12.RST.9

In this lesson students will learn how to control a servo using the Basic Stamp. Then students will combine the photoresistor from the previous lesson with the servo to create a light controlled servo. View full description >>

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