Part 2 - Lesson 3: Solar Energy
1.Students will conduct an experiment to determine how electrical output changes as solar panels as the azimuth and tilts are incrementally changed.
2.Students will conduct an experiment to determine how electrical output changes as solar panels are shaded.
3.Students will work with the staff from your city or town to calculate the amount of potential electrical energy that can be collected from solar panels based upon the location and size of the system.
4.Students will use existing solar data to determine the number of solar panels required to power the building in question.
Students will work with local government staff or another local energy professional to propose a way to create enough solar power energy to supply the annual energy needs for a real building. Students will be provided with on-site options, and will evaluate options based on initial installation costs and projected return on investment. Additionally, students will create a to-scale drawing of both proposals to demonstrate the layout of the solar panels and other key considerations (such as access).