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July 7, 2014
Planning for Solar Projects on Federal Sites

Planning for the federal site solar project can begin after the solar solar pre-screening is complete.

July 7, 2014
Pre-Screening for Solar Projects on Federal Sites

Conducting an agency-wide solar energy pre-screening is important prior to starting the project planning process when significant resources are expended.

July 7, 2014
Requirements for Renewable Energy on Federal Sites

There are four federal guidelines for renewable energy projects.

June 26, 2014
The Mineirão Stadium, with its six thousand solar panels, is ready for more World Cup Action | Photo courtesy of Renato Cobucci/Imprensa/MG
Shining Some Light on the World Cup's Efficiency Efforts

Brazil strives for energy efficiency with solar powered stadiums during the 2014 World Cup.

June 20, 2014
Green Fuel

This activity allows students the opportunity to explore different methods for collecting solar energy and using that energy for heating, creating electricity and applying that energy to an industrial process. Experimenting with different types of materials will also allow them to understand how the properties of different materials can drastically affect the outcome of their experiment.

June 20, 2014
Research Projects in Renewable Energy for High School Students

This document provides specific experiments on bioenergy as well as a useful introduction on how to design and conduct effective science experiments.

June 20, 2014
'Nano'tubes, Surface Area & NanoSolar Cells

This unit takes students through several introductory lessons designed to gain a better understanding of the 'nano' scale as it relates to the creation of a (dye-sensitized) solar cell (DSSC). The introductory lessons guide students through activities covering volume, surface area and density and exploration of the relationship between these factors. The unit culminates with students building a Gratzel cell, a solar cell employing a layer of nanospheres of TiO2 as the semiconductor and blackberry juice as the light absorber in a non-Si-based solar cell. Students are able to build a small solar cell and test its efficiency.

June 20, 2014
Alternative Energy Sources - An Interdisciplinary Module for Energy Education

Find activities focused on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

June 20, 2014
What's Cooking

Students in small groups conduct an investigation into the similarities and differences between solar tea and tea brewed by boiling water. Students will compare their two samples on four criteria—color, clarity, smell and taste—rate which they prefer, and graph the results of the experiment as a class.

June 20, 2014
What Does the Sun Give Us? (5 Activities)

You may have realized that the sun gives off heat. It feels so good to feel the warm sun on our skin when we're cold! The sun has an amazing amount of heat and even though we only get a small amount of that heat, it's just the right amount for us. You also may have realized how much light it provides us. Without the sun, we couldn't see. What about the moon? The moon doesn't have any light of its own. All of the light we see is really sunlight that is reflected or bounced off our moon.