Macro-Scale Solar (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to describe the basic structure of a photovoltaic solar module implementing the ideas of series and parallel wiring. Students will be able to describe the basic structure of a photovoltaic solar array implementing the ideas of series and parallel wiring. Students will be able to describe the function and necessity of an inverter when using photovoltaic arrays.

This lesson begins with basic chemistry with regards to atomic structure. The lesson then moves to understanding the special properties of silicon as a photoelectric semi- conductor. Building on this, the basic structure of photovoltaic solar cells is described in detail. View full description >>

Introduction to the Photovoltaic Effect (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Chemistry
electricity
physics
photovoltaics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to describe the basic structure of a photovoltaic solar cell. Students will be able to outline or summarize how solar cells produce electricity. Students will be able to explain why silicon, boron and phosphorous are most often used to construct solar cells.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.7

This lesson begins with basic chemistry with regards to atomic structure. The lesson then moves to understanding the special properties of silicon as a photoelectric semi- conductor. Building on this, the basic structure of photovoltaic solar cells is described in detail. View full description >>

Using a Multimeter to Analyze a Solar Circuit: Measuring Current and Voltage—Calculating Power and Resistance

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Author:
Emily Barrett
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
electricity
Power
solar energy
circuit analysis
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will understand that voltage is a measure of a difference in electric potential energy and that current is the rate at which charge flows through a circuit.Students will understand how to measure and quantify electricity. Students will become familiar with the relationships between the fundamental electrical
quantities.

Students will set up a simple circuit using a multimeter and a load resistor to measure the voltage and current in the circuit. Students will learn to use a multimeter, learn how to calculate power and be introduced to Ohm’s Law. This activity provides a good introduction to understanding the relationship between fundamental electricity... View full description >>

Circuit Analysis With Solar Energy: Measure the Power Consumed by Various Devices

Average Rating:
0
Author:
Emily Barrett
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
electricity
Power
solar energy
circuit analysis
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will understand that voltage is a measure of a difference in electric potential energy and that current is the rate at which charge flows through a circuit.

Students will understand how to measure and quantify electricity.

Students will become familiar with the relationships between the fundamental electrical
quantities.

Students will set up a simple circuit using a solar module and three small loads. They will then use a multimeter to measure the voltage across each load and the current through each circuit. Students will then calculate the power consumption and resistance of each load.

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Nez Perce Tribal Fish Hatchery

Location:
Juliaetta, ID
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
10.00 - kilowatts

In February 2015 the Nez Perce Tribe completed a 10kW PV demonstration system at the Tribal Hatchery Complex in Juliaetta, Idaho. As a Renewable Facility, this project will function as an ongoing community education tool by teachers in four area school districts to supplement sustainability education for students throughout the Nez Perce region.



Solar 4R Schools provided a renewable energy teacher training workshop to area teachers along with customized, durable science kits for four school districts valued at approximately $12,000. Teachers at each participating school... Read full project narrative >>

West Valley Junior High

Location:
Yakima, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
9.72 - kilowatts

In the fall of 2014 a 9.72kW solar installation was completed at Yakima's West Valley Junior High. This project was made possible by financial support from Pacific Power's Blue Sky Program and project design and oversight by Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Renewable Energy Group. Seattle solar experts at Northwest Wind and Solar completed the physical installation, interconnection, and permitting. The solar array will help offset the school's energy usage and the live energy and weather data can be used in the classroom.

BEF's Solar 4R Schools program will provide teacher... Read full project narrative >>

Funhouse Commons

Location:
Eastsound, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
12.00 - kilowatts

Located in Eastsound, WA, on Orcas Island, The Funhouse Commons was founded by local activists in the spring of 1999. The Funhouse is a youth-oriented community center that fosters educational play with hands-on science exhibits, computer-based labs, and art and entertainment facilities. The Funhouse also provides many important social services aimed at the most vulnerable children in the community. The facility was designed to be a hands-on children's science museum. Science and sustainability topics are core to education programs at the Funhouse. Each year, Funhouse Commons hosts an... Read full project narrative >>

Animo Pat Brown Accelerated Charter High School

Location:
Los Angeles, CA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
4.00 - kilowatts

Animo Pat Brown Accelerated High School is building a community of renewable energy educators thanks to the support and resources provided through their Renewable School project from Solar 4R Schools. In October 2014 a new PV installation was installed at the school, located in Los Angeles, California.  This system was originally inspired by the 2008 FOX Emmy Awards PV demonstration project.  The final system installation was made possible by funding from FOX's Mean It, Green It! program and Wells Fargo National Bank.   Read full project narrative >>

St. Mary's School

Location:
Medford, OR
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
60.00 - kilowatts
This 60 kW array was made possible by Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy customers and the Energy Trust of Oregon, with match funding provided by St. Mary's School. The array is located on the roof of the Naumes Fine Arts and Athletics Center, which was the statewide test site for the Energy Trust's Solar-Ready construction program. The system is a demonstration of the school's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability,
... Read full project narrative >>

Lyle Secondary School

Location:
Lyle, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
6.36 - kilowatts

Lyle is a small, rural school district located in the Columbia River Gorge. In 2014, BEF used funding from Bonneville Power Administration to provide a Renewable School package to Lyle Secondary School. 

As a new Renewable School, Lyle High School’s teachers and students are generating clean energy with their newly installed, pole-mounted 6.36-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system. In addition, the school is utilizing live performance data from this system to generate hands-on classroom activities that educate students about renewable energy, science and engineering. Solar 4R Schools... Read full project narrative >>

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