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June 19, 2014
Solar Cell Simulation

Students model the flow of energy from the sun as it enters a photovoltaic cell, moves along a wire and powers a load. The game-like atmosphere involves the younger students and helps them understand the continuous nature of the flow of energy. For a related lesson, please see the activity “Solar Powered System” (PDF 430 KB).

June 19, 2014
The Planet Janitor© Coloring Book

This is a coloring book with text in English and Spanish. It focuses on the environmental aspects of energy production and use but also has pictures on solar energy.

May 5, 2014
<a  href="http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot-summit/registration">Register by May 9</a> to attend the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit, May 19-22, 2014.
Top 5 Reasons to Attend the SunShot Grand Challenge Solar Summit

Anticipation for the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit is heating up. Register now for the event, which is taking place May 19 to May 22 in Anaheim, California.

May 5, 2014
#SolarIsNow: Recap of Our Recent Twitter Chat

A play-by-play of a recent twitter discussion on solar energy.

April 30, 2014
Join the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative for a discussion on all things solar. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Join the Energy Department for a #SolarChat on May 7

You're invited to discuss all things solar during a live #SolarChat on Wednesday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

April 29, 2014
Agua Caliente, located in Yuma County, Arizona, is now the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the world. | Photo courtesy of NRG Energy.
Agua Caliente, World's Largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant, Helps Advance America's Solar Leadership

Announcing the launch of Agua Caliente, a utility-scale solar plant that will generate enough clean electricity to power thousands of homes.

April 7, 2014
Americans' use of wind energy -- like that produced at this wind farm in Montana -- grew by 18 percent in 2013 over the previous year. | Photo courtesy of Free Images.
Four Snapshots of American Energy Use

Americans used more energy in 2013 than they did in 2012, including more renewable, nuclear and fossil energy. Learn other facts about American energy use trends.

March 24, 2014
Sun Rises on Tribal Energy Future in Nevada

The Moapa Band of Paiute in Nevada makes history with the first utility-scale solar project on tribal land.