Renewable Energy Living Lab: Smart Solar

In this activity, students work through the process of evaluating the feasibility of photovoltaic solar power in 4 different US cities.

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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

This activity could be made more challenging by asking students to look up the price of electricity (instead of using the average rate provided in the activity) and to learn about the actual rate of government subsidies for solar installations in their home state (instead of using an average amount, which is likely to change over time as policies change).

Activity provides suggestions for scaling the activity for lower grades as well.