10kW Solar Panel Array (65W Scale Demo) (2011)
by Neal Gleitz
1. The pciture shown is a 65W panel used as a demo station to log solar panel efficiency data. Correlated with FSEC EnergyWiz. 2. Recieved grant for 10kW solar panel grant. Installation will occur in 2012. 3. Students are creating an exhibit for GWIZ, a hands-on science museum illustating concepts below. a. Currently, students complete a home-energy audit in which students calculate the energy usage of their homes. They then evaluate the cost effectiveness of the following: using more energy efficient appliances, insulation, etc. They compare the cost of installing solar panels (including the tax credit) and evaluate if this is a wise consumer choice considering the lifetime of a typical panel and its costs. b. Local experts from the community come in and demonstrate various green-building products and talk to students about the practicality of renewable energy efficiency. c. Students use the Understanding Solar Energy kits available through FSEC to do simple and advanced labs in which they apply concepts of voltage, current, and power.
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