The Solar Array at your school quietly converts sunlight to electricity everyday. But if someone asked you “Is your Solar Array working? and if so, how well?“, how would you answer. This lesson walks you through the steps to evaluate your school’s solar array, becoming an energy detective in the process.
Step 1 Estimate how much energy your solar array should produce each year, using PVWATTs estimation tool. You’ll need to know your location, the tilt angle and azimuth angle of the array, and the DC Power rating [kW] of the solar array. Follow this link to get started.
The result is that you’ll have an estimated energy production for each month of the year, in units of kilo-watt-hours [kWh].
MySolarSchoolSchools powered by Sunshine. Links to Real time Monitoring and individual MySolarSchool pages.
|School Name||District||System Size [kWdc] + link to Real Time Monitoring||City||State|
|Analy High School||WSCUHSD||460.8||Sebastopol||CA|
|River City High School||Washington USD||246.96||West Sacramento||CA|
|El Molino High School||WSCUHSD||327.68||Forestville||CA|
|Grant Elementary School||Petaluma City Schools||61.38||Petaluma||CA|
|Piner-Olivet USD||Piner-Olivet USD||394.8||Santa Rosa||CA|
Step 3. Enter the data collected in Steps 1 and 2 on the chart on this Solar Schoolhouse page. As you enter the data, the Performance Graph above will automatically update. When you’re finished, you can print or save the graph as an jpg or pdf.