Investigating Renewable Energy Data from Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

In this activity, students look at how much solar energy is generated by photovoltaic panels on rooftops or exposed ground locations at installations around the United States. They explore three different websites that monitor and report solar energy production from panels at many different locations. Next, they examine data from a single location, as well as compare data from two different locations. Lastly, they consider how much of a school's or home's energy needs could be supplied by solar power.

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Carla McAuliffe
Rita Freuder
TERC
Activity takes four lessons.

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The notes and screenshots for this exercise are very comprehensive. Excel experience necessary.

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