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- ASES - The American Solar Energy Society
The American Solar Energy Society organizes the national solar energy conference and the National Solar Tour, both annual.
- Build It Solar
Solar energy projects from decades of development, including books and other resources from architects, builders, and other professionals and hobbyists.
- CEDESOL Centro de Desarrrollo en Energia Solar
CEDESOL shares solar cooking technology with people in Peru and Bolivia. There is an interesting focus on using retained heat to cook.
- Central American Solar Energy Project
This charitable organization in Virginia helps train women to cook sustainably, building their own solar ovens and spreading the training.
- Clean Power Estimator NYState Solar Program
Enter information to get an estimate of the economics of a PV system for a certain zip code.
- College campuses with solar power plants-AASHE
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education publishes a list of tertiary education sites with solar power installed. Please use the e-mail on the page if your campus is not yet listed.
- Concrete Solar Concentrator
Instructions for making a cylindro-parabolic reflector in a concrete mold.
- EERE Solar Instructor Training Network
The Solar Instructor Training Network was launched by the US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Regional resource and training providers offer resources to select educational institutions in their regions.
- EERE: Solar Energy Technologies Program Home ...
The DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy agency closely follows and supports research and application of solar technologies, documented here.
- Energy Peak BIPV Standing Seam Roofing
Fits thin photovoltaic panels between seams in metal roofing. Example system:Jarecki Center for Advanced Learning at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Find Solar
This site from the American Solar Energy Society links to directories of installers, incentives, and calculators, all for finding out how we can facilitate installing solar power in our homes, towns, businesses, and schools.
- Future Solar Systems LLC
Future Solar Systems is a systems integrator that brings volume buying power and experienced installation resources along with project financing to deliver large solar electric systems for our commercial and public customers. We make it easy and affordable for everyone to have an advanced high performance solar PV system.
FSS works with schools to finance and design solar power systems.
- Google Directory - Science - Technology...Solar
- Grupo Fenix
This technological and social program in Nicaragua studies solar and other renewable energy, developing the manufacturing, training, and use of various solar technologies for the local community and for internatinal education. The group has created a model community in Totogalpa, Nicaragua that develops appropriate technology and offers international workshops.
- Harness Sun energy by making solar reflector
A quick recipe for covering a parabolic dish with aluminum foil.
- Heliostats and Solar Energy
- Impression5 Science Center of Michigan
Explains the basics of solar energy, electricity, and conservation, includes a solar energy quiz. Beware, some inaccurate physics may be found.
- Innovative Science Applications and Technology
A research lab studying and developing innovative solar photovoltaic applications, in Saluzzo, Italy.
- Insolation at specific location--NASA Model
This web-program gives you a tableof a month's worth of data, sunrise, sunset, insolation at the top of the atmosphere, incident on a square meter facing away from Earth (not necessarily towards Sun), for each day of the month you request. By comparing this to terrestrial observations, you can determine albedo+absorption.
- Les Amis du Padre Himalaya de Sorede
The Friends of Father Himalaya of Sorède maintain a monument to the first solar cooker, in the eastern Pyrénées. This blog documents their activities since June, 2008.
L’objectif de ce Blog est d’informer les adhérents et les personnes intéressées à l’environnement et aux energies renouvelables dans le cadre du développement durable.
- Madison (WI) Gas And Electric
Madison Gas and Electric put solar panels on all high schools in their service area. You can read raw data from the past few years about each site's power output and sunlight; graphs are available for every day and every month of service.
- Million Solar Roofs
Nationwide (USA) initiative to install photovoltaic panels, with state-by-state goals.
In testing, this system logs photovoltaic production and provides reports on its web page for users around the world.
- National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV)
NCPV at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA) supports research, development, deployment, and outreach concerning photovoltaic electricity generation.
- National Renewable Energy Lab Map of RE Resources
This interactive GIS-based map allows you to see layers of interesting data for resources of renewable energy in America.
- Natural Energy Sources, Clean Energy Ideas
This is a broad informational site about solar, geothermal, wind, and other energy technologies. The site is also gathering links to installers in several countries.
- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
Works to develop national standards for solar and other renewable installations. Offers courses on installations and inspection.
- NREL Solar Data Links
Get solar data from these links, including insolation and spectral data.
- Oakland U Solar Shingle Demonstration
- OnGrid Solar
OnGrid Solar participates in many classes and solar home tours to educate the public. OnGrid's mission is to help the solar industry develop as rapidly, yet stably as possible. OnGrid has expertise in the financial payback analysis of solar photovoltaics. OnGrid shares this expertise via software tools, classes, and research.
- Photovoltaics - PV Basics
This page from the Florida Solar Energy Center briefly explains the history of PV and how pV is used in different systems.
- Power of the Sun
An education video in two parts, one about the history of photovoltaics and their promise, and another about the science of semiconductors for high school students.
- PV Power Resource Site
- PVCDROM--Online Intro Course for understanding PV
An online course with flash-based animations and interactive calculators, with chapters on insolation; semiconductors; design, construction, and testing of cells, modules, and arrays. Currently (2009) in English and Russian.
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- Red Rock Energy Heliostats
A rich log of notes on heliostats, including controller circuits; design notes; tables and notes on reflectivity, emission, and absorption; a museum of historical mechanical heliostats and coelostats; and computational methods and codes.
- Renewable Energy World-RE News and Information
News, blogs, podcasts, and opinions about the renewable energy industry. Formerly renewableenergyaccess.com.
- Renewable Resource Data Center
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory maintains sets of data on renewable resources, e.g. sunlight falling on the US in a 10km-resolution grid.
- Rhode Island Solar Schools
Links to information about several schools in Rhode Island with solar applications.
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- S.T.E.V.E.N. Foundation
Sustainable Technology and Energy for Vital Economic Needs, a group for studying sustainable technology, especially solar technologies.
- School Power...Naturally
School Power Naturally is a set of curriculum to accompany the installation of PV power on 50 schools in New York State. Resources include wind and solar lessons.
Editor's note: The URL for this resource changes often. If you find our current listing doesn't work, please search for "school power naturally". For bonus points, please report the new URL to us.
- Sola Roof Bubble Tech
Imagine using a bubble-filled, transparent roof to insulate and allow daylighting. As bubbles move slowly, they can carry solar heat to where its useful, while blocking it during the heat of the day.
Rheem manufactures the Solhart water heating system for rooftops.
- Solar 1 Green Energy Arts and Education Center
Solar 1 is a solar-powered "Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center" in New York City. Solar 1 offers outreach to schools, information, and services for arts outreach.
- Solar Connection - BP Solar Schools
Overview and data from schools with photovoltaic systems. You can download data in CSV format.
- Solar Decathlon
The Solar Decathlon brings college and university teams from around the globe to DC to compete to design and build houses that demonstrate the advantages of a solar lifestyle. Site includes list of teaching resources.
- Solar Electric Power Association
The Solar Electric Power Association is a nonprofit organization with 175 utility, electric service provider, manufacturer, installer, government, and research members. SEPA’s mission is to facilitate the use and integration of solar electric power by utilities, electric service providers, and their customers.
- Solar Electricity Prices
- Solar Energy Engineering at UMass Lowell
- Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
- Solar Energy International
Workshops on installing solar PV, solar thermal, wind, micro-hydro, and renewable fuels, and a special workshop on renewable energy for educators. This nonprofit offers training online and at over 20 locations around the world.
- Solar Now, Inc.
This site at Beverly High School in Beverly, MA offers tours of its solar and wind plant.
- Solar Pathfinder
Tool for measuring solar angles at a site, checking for portion of day shaded.
- Solar Radiation Monitoring Lab University of OR
Freely accessible Insolation data from sites in several states, including at some schools.
- Solar Rollers: a high school remote control solar car challenge
A project of Energetics Education, Solar Rollers challenges high school student teams to design, build, and race solar-powered remote control cars. Engaging many different types of learners, Solar Rollers teaches energy management, STEM skills, teamwork, self-confidence and problem-solving. Teams are supported with cutting-edge materials kits and extensive online resources.
- Solar San Antonio
Local organization in San Antonio, Texas, organizes annual solar fair, energy smart schools conference, and workshops for teachers and the public; SSA works with many other local organizations.
- Solar Schoolhouse
California-based workshops on renewable energy.
- Solar Works, Inc. Home Page
These are the folks installing PV on schools in NY for NYSERDA, and they work all across the Northeast.
- SolarOne Solutions
SolarOne offers the Harvester, a portable PV system with either an 80W or a 240W solar panel, a deep-discharge battery, a TrueSine inverter, and a tilting mount, all on a rolling base. The company also offers accessories: water purifiers, efficient lamps, and a data-logger for the whole system.
- Solmetric: Solar test and measuring equipment
Solmetric makes a digital camera with a special lens that takes a photo of a site and shows precisely how much solar exposure the point of reference will receive during the year.
- STEM Solar Lab — Energizing Students
The STEM Solar Lab is a 2kW grid-tied solar PV array for schools to use as a learning model for teachers and students. Accompanying curriculum is for grades 7-12. There is a focus on hands-on learning.
- Students for Solar Schools
A student-run organization linking student leaders and campus environmental groups with the common goal of advocating for solar panels on schools. Visitors and members can read inspiring stories of how students are bringing solar power to their school districts.
- Sunlight Direct
Imagine using sunlight to light a room without windows. This company produces collectors that gather sunlight into fiberoptic cables, then distributes light via those cables into the interiors of a building. Skip that wasteful step of converting 15% of sunlight to electricity just to make light again!
- SUNY-Farmingdale Solar Energy Center
This institution educates practitioners about photovoltaic installation. Uses a few 20kW fixed and tracking arrays to teach about solar power.
- Surface meteorology and Solar Energy
Resources, data for determining viability of renewable projects. For example, how much energy can we get from a solar hot water project in the Berkshires? Demonstrates use of satellite-derived meteorology and solar energy parameters.
- The International Solar Energy Society
- The SHArK Project Solar Hydrogen Activity Research
A kit for high school and college learners to study oxide semiconductors as a partial solution to a global energy crisis. A chance for chemistry students to participate in current scientific research.
- The Solar Cooking Archive
- UMass Lowell Solar Energy Association
Now part of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.
- Winchester Massachusetts Solar Challenge
Read how this community earned matching funds for solar panels on its schools.
- Yellott Award for graduate studies in solar energy
The American Solar Energy Society is pleased to announce the John and Barbara Yellott Award, given to a graduate student concentrating on solar energy in a recognized institution of higher learning.