School Solar Analysis
The SEI School Solar Analysis curriculum guides students through an analysis of the solar potential for their school. Students gain an in-depth understanding of solar science, solar system sizing, and design considerations. By completing the analysis, students can determine the system size, cost, and optimal location of a solar array for their school. In addition to solar science, this curriculum provides relevant background information on energy sources, the carbon cycle, the greenhouse gas effect, climate science, utility rate structures, and solar financial analysis. These topics are used as a basis for discussing why a school would consider a solar project. Students will complete a design for a solar system large enough to generate 80% of their school’s electricity use. Students will use their calculations of solar system size, cost, and payback period to develop a report and present their findings to their school board to make the case for solar at their school.
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