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Author

EIA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Format

PDF

Solar Energy Infrastructure and Resources Interactive Map

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map features solar energy infrastructure and available solar energy in the United States.
  • Students can see the locations of all solar power plants and see the amount of energy from the sun that different regions of the United States receive each day (measured in kWh/m2/day). 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The legend and information presented are simple to understand.
  • Clicking on a solar power plant on the map will provide detailed information about the capacity of the solar plant and its location.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with light energy and the position and tilt of the Earth in relation to the Sun.
  • There are two different base maps (road map and satellite) that can be changed by clicking on the bottom right corner of the map.
  • Students can capture images using the icon on the bottom left.

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Scientist Notes
This resource is an interactive map that includes all components of the United States solar energy infrastructure including solar energy power plants and available solar energy resources (units: irradiance). This resource is easy to use and the interactive legend is easily understood. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by analyzing the local, national, and global geographic data on physical, environmental, and cultural processes that shape and change places and regions.
      • Geography 1 (D3): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by describing the major regions of the Earth and their major physical, environmental, and cultural features using a variety of geographic tools, including digital tools and resources.
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