Community School

Location:
Sun Valley, ID
Grade Level:
PK
K
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PV System Size:
15.39 - kilowatts

In 2016, Community School was selected by Idaho Power to become the next Renewable School in Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s (BEF) Solar 4R Schools program. Thanks to generous support and funding from the utility’s Green Power Program participants and project match provided by Community School, the school installed a 15 kW PV system on the school which is estimated to cover seven to eight percent of the campus’ electric use. Educators at the school also received a customized renewable energy teacher training from Solar 4R Schools in Fall 2015, complete with hands-on science kit... Read full project narrative >>

Central Electric Cooperative - Community Solar

Location:
Bend, OR
Grade Level:
PK
K
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PV System Size:
199.50 - kilowatts

As Oregon's Largest Community Solar Project, Central Electric Cooperative energized its 200-kW photovoltaic system in January 2016, feeding the electricity produced directly into the co-op’s distribution system. The system, designed and built by Sunlight Solar Energy of Bend, uses seven hundred 285-watt panels manufactured by SolarWorld in Portland. View live solar production here!
 

Located in southeast Bend, this community solar project is supported by Central Electric members who share a sense of importance... Read full project narrative >>

Clark Public Utilities - Community Solar

Location:
Vancouver, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
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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
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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 >>

Bridlemile School - PGE

Location:
Portland, OR
Grade Level:
K
1st
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PV System Size:
241.50 - 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 241.5 kW solar array (see live data here) installed on Bridlemile School. By leveraging the BEF Solar 4R Schools... Read full project narrative >>

James John Elementary School - PGE

Location:
Portland, OR
Grade Level:
K
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PV System Size:
216.90 - 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 216.9 kW solar array (see live performance data) installed on James John Elementary School. By leveraging... Read full project narrative >>

Arleta School - PGE

Location:
Portland, OR
Grade Level:
K
1st
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PV System Size:
151.20 - 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 151.2 kW solar array (see live system performance data) installed on Arleta School. By leveraging the BEF Solar 4R Schools... Read full project narrative >>

Laurelhurst School - PGE

Location:
Portland, OR
Grade Level:
K
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Technology Type:
PV System Size:
108.90 - 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 108.9 kW solar array (see live performance data) installed on Laurelhurst school. By leveraging the BEF Solar 4R... Read full project narrative >>

Simple Solar Tracker

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Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
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11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
physics
electronics
solar power
Engineering
engineering design process
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students observe and replicate a simple solar tracker. Students will learn basic electric circuits and terminology. Students will reflect on possible improvements for solar tracker. Students will reflect on how the engineering design process is used daily.

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

Students will be shown a working example of a solar tracker and asked to replicate the design based on their observations. The design incorporates four solar cells arranged in two arrays with each array reverse biased such that they generate a voltage that opposes the other. Whichever array receives the most light will generate more voltage... View full description >>

Individual Independent Projects (Lesson 12, Culminating Lesson)

Average Rating:
0
Author:
Lisa Morgan
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Individual projects
student research
solar energy
sun
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will plan, gather research materials and create a project of their choice. In doing so student will learn proper research methods (i.e., reliable sources) and how to categorize and translate information. In addition students will become comfortable and familiar presenting information to others. Lastly, students will also learn how to create a rubric for self evaluation.

The purpose of this lesson is to allow students to choose an area of interest regarding solar power and research it further in a manner of their choice. Students will produce a final product to display or share at the “Salute to the Sun” culminating event at the end of the school year. View full description >>

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