GRIDc: Solar Energy Virtual Learning Experience

During this lesson, students are guided through an initial understanding of electrical energy and production. As their learning progresses, they will explore energy production using photovoltaics (PVs) and use the National Renewable Energy Lab’s (NREL) online simulator, PVWatts. The synthesis of this information will result in a basic understanding of the economics of solar energy production. Secondary students will
continue their research by accessing their state’s energy portfolio through the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Students will synthesize what they have learned and apply Design Thinking Skills to create a Solar Charging Station or a model Electric Car.

Author: David Sander

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