Introduction

Have you ever seen solar panels on a house or a building? 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.

Objectives

  • Measure power output of three solar panels with Go Direct Energy.
  • Explore how power output is affected by changes in the angle of the solar panels.
  • Investigate the relationship between angle and maximum power output.