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Author

The Climate Reality Project

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Economics, English Language Arts, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Ebooks

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West, California

Format

PDF

Top Solar Energy Facts E-Book

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Synopsis
  • This downloadable e-book addresses misinformation surrounding solar energy and presents details and facts about solar panels, solar jobs, and the importance of solar to stop climate change, citing California as a United States leader in solar energy.
  • Students will learn about the cost of buying and installing solar panels, how long solar panels last, green careers, and how effective renewable energy solutions can be.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This easy-to-understand e-book is a great way to introduce students to the benefits of solar energy.
  • This resource also includes a list of facts that students can post to their social media to spread the word about solar.
  • The text invites readers to engage with the Climate Reality Project in their city to become more involved in local climate action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • To download the e-book, students and teachers need to create a free account.
  • The e-book focuses primarily on photovoltaic solar.
  • Before reading the text, students should be familiar with terms like renewable, costs, and Big Polluters.
  • At the end of the text, the authors ask for donations.

Differentiation

  • Although only briefly mentioned in the text, energy storage is critical to expanding solar energy and should be discussed in more detail in class.
  • Have students consider what factors (e.g., costs, special interests, etc.) prevent more countries and cities from investing more in solar.
  • Have students investigate passive solar solutions that use light or heat from the sun to reduce energy usage in buildings.
  • This resource can be used in economics classes during lessons about how energy generation impacts the economy and in history classes during lessons about how the use of different energy sources has changed over time and why.
  • For connections to math or geography classes, this other resource provides quantitative data about solar power generation in different countries.
Scientist Notes
The resource is a 35-page e-book highlighting the facts about solar energy. Through the pages, the reader is walked through how powerful solar energy could be to help combat climate change. The economics, mechanics, durability, and job growth associated with solar power are also discussed. The e-book also includes suggestions on how the reader can get involved. The material is well sourced and recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CI.9–10.2 Determine one or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how it is developed and refined over the course of a text, including how it emerges and is shaped by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RI.PP.11–12.5 Analyze an author’s purpose in a text distinguishing what is directly stated in a text or through rhetoric, analyzing how style and content convey information and advance a point of view.
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