Renewable Energy Living Lab: Exploring Regional and Local Resources

In this activity, students become familiar with the online Renewable Energy Living Lab interface and access its real-world solar energy data to evaluate the potential for solar generation in various U.S. locations.

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Mike Mooney
Minal Parekh
Scott Schankweiler
Jessica Noffsinger
Karen Johnson
Jonathan Knudtsen
University of Colorado; Colorado School of Mines

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Link to the GIS Living Lab tool is a bit buried in the website. Direct link is: [link https://www.teachengineering.org/livinglabs/renewableenergy912].

Educators may want to use the Word version of the student worksheet to customize the instructions. In some places the worksheet may be too open-ended and space isn't given for student answers. Educators can fill in more specific steps, locations, or queries.

Suggestions are provided for scaling activity up or down depending on age of students.

Activity could easily be developed further by opening up inquiry to small groups of students to investigate their own questions and then present their results to the class.