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July 8, 2014
Implementing Solar Projects on Federal Sites

After a financing and contracting option has been selected, the next step is to execute the project. Each project follows a process that is unique to the financing and contracting options selected.

July 7, 2014
Evaluating Solar Energy Sites

Evaluating the solar energy site is the third step in planning for a federal site solar project.

July 7, 2014
Identifying Needs and Goals

Identifying the needs and goals is the first step in planning for a federal site solar project.

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.