Solar Site Assessment

Apply the mantra of real estate to solar panels: location, location, location. Learners use a Solar Pathfinder to conduct site assessments for possible spots on school grounds to place a solar module. They find the amount of insolation lost due to trees and other objects, determine the amount of electricity that can be produced by a module, and estimate the size of the solar module array needed to produce all the electricity used by the school.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class give a presentation to school officials
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have experience using a Solar Pathfinder
  • Last of four installments in the Solar Resources Assessment unit
  • Lists some suggestions for assessment
  • Includes a printable data recording sheet
  • None