Solar Site Assessment (Lesson 4)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
solar energy
renewable energy
design
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to use a Solar Pathfinder to determine the amount of solar resource lost to shading from nearby trees, buildings, etc. Students will be able to calculate the number of kWh of electricity that can be produced in a specific location and in a specific sized area. Students will be able to calculate the amount of carbon emissions that can be offset due to installing photovoltaic panels of various sizes. Students will be able to calculate the size array needed to offset all electricity use for the high school.

Students will do an actual site assessment to determine the available solar resource for a chosen location. 

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Solar Pathfinder Tutorial (Lesson 3)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
solar energy
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to properly assemble and orient their solar pathfinder. Students will be able to properly record the information provided by a solar pathfinder. Students will be able to accurately analyze the information provided by the solar pathfinder to calculate the solar potential (kWh/m2/day) taking into account variables such as shading, climate and weather.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.7
11-12.RST.8
11-12.RST.9

This lesson is designed to allow the students to practice assembling and using their Solar Pathfinders, along with analyzing the data. The students will take a single measurement and digital photograph at a location near the classroom designated by the teacher. 

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Macro-Scale Solar (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to describe the basic structure of a photovoltaic solar module implementing the ideas of series and parallel wiring. Students will be able to describe the basic structure of a photovoltaic solar array implementing the ideas of series and parallel wiring. Students will be able to describe the function and necessity of an inverter when using photovoltaic arrays.

This lesson begins with basic chemistry with regards to atomic structure. The lesson then moves to understanding the special properties of silicon as a photoelectric semi- conductor. Building on this, the basic structure of photovoltaic solar cells is described in detail. View full description >>

Introduction to the Photovoltaic Effect (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Chemistry
electricity
physics
photovoltaics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to describe the basic structure of a photovoltaic solar cell. Students will be able to outline or summarize how solar cells produce electricity. Students will be able to explain why silicon, boron and phosphorous are most often used to construct solar cells.

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

This lesson begins with basic chemistry with regards to atomic structure. The lesson then moves to understanding the special properties of silicon as a photoelectric semi- conductor. Building on this, the basic structure of photovoltaic solar cells is described in detail. View full description >>