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Local School Students Build Solar Panel Kits

High School students at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) are building their own solar panel kits.

Davis Mounger, a Biology, Chemistry, and Energy Systems teacher at CSAS, developed the state-approved curriculum to teach students the mechanics of solar panel kits – from design of residential solar panels, commercial solar panels, construction, and installation. The Energy Systems class also functions as dual enrollment with Chattanooga State Community College, where it satisfies the requirements of Electrical Engineering 241 (Solar Installation). It also draws from elements of Electrical Engineering 110 (Circuits I). The students earn both high school and college credit.

Panel construction consists of soldering solar cells, fitting on tempered glass, encapsulation, framing, and providing a fuse block and outlet lead. The panel constructed with the most efficiency was made over about 6 hours.

This academic year, Mr. Mounger expanded the students’ curriculum by having the students design, cut, weld, and install the mounting system for their solar array. They also did the grid-tie work. As part of the element of circuit theory in the class, the students are tasked with making their own voltage regulators (commonly called charge controllers) for a standalone solar panel system.

Their current solar array produces 2,445 watts. The students installed nine commercial solar panels at 250 watts apiece. They have successfully made three solar panels at 65 watts apiece. The 9 panel/2250 watt array is grid tied and the 3 panel/195 watt array of student-made panels will power a stand-alone system for scientific monitoring equipment.

Lighten Your Energy Load: Reducing Energy Consumption at the 2016 Tri-State Home Show

Chattanooga, TN:  Spring will soon be upon us, along with yard projects and home renovations. But have you ever thought about adding a home improvement that saves money? Going solar on only adds value to your home, but can eliminate your electric bill.

If you have already invested in significant efficiency upgrades to its lighting and HVAC systems, you have reduced your energy load to those functions, so your plug load could equate to as much as 50 percent. So why not Go SOLAR!

Tennessee Solar Solutions  and Green’s Eco Build + Design will be at the 50th Tri-State Home Show is February 26th –12219365_10156179853240223_3344304507694279167_n28th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  If you are planning to build or remodel your home and want to do it right stop by our booth.  Come get expert advice for your green remodeling project or new home design. Register to win great products for your home.
Admission is $8 and children 16 and under are free.  Friday seniors receive $1 off and Saturday and Sunday bring a can good to benefit the Chattanooga Food bank and receive $1 off. Discounts can not be combined.


Friday, February 26, 2016 10 AM-8 PM
Saturday, February 27, 2016 10 AM-8 PM
Sunday, February 28, 2016  11 AM-5 PM

 Cost: $8 Children 16 and Under are FREE