Have you ever seen solar panels being used on a house or a building to produce electricity? Do you remember how they were positioned? Were they lying horizontally? Standing vertically? Set at an angle? Why do you think they are installed in such a way?

In this experiment, you will use your previous experience with solar panels and data-collection equipment to develop a plan to explore the variable of angle and its affect on power output.


  • Measure and power output of a Solar Panel with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
  • Explore how power output is affected by changes in the angle of the Solar Panel.
  • Investigate the relationship between angle and maximum power output.