EME 810
Solar Resource Assessment and Economics

1.3 Discussion Activity


Discussion: Historical Development of Energy Resources

For this assignment, I want you to contribute your thoughts on the historical development of energy resources in your area to the best of your knowledge. Think about and research the following topics before participating:

  • Describe your background and interest in the solar energy field.
  • From your own perspective, provide a description of the solar resource where you live (your locale).
  • How far back in time can you find historic energy information for your locale?
  • Describe the broad energy history for your locale, and include the specific history of geofuel use.
  • Describe the history of solar energy conversion system use in your area (not limited to photovoltaics). If you are uncertain of solar history in your area, at least consider how the sun helps to maintain a warm house.
  • Include citations of the information sources you used in a consistent professional format.

I suggest that you use this discussion to better introduce yourself to your classmates and to grant me a better awareness of the locale you are coming from and your broader knowledge base about it. Some of the points you are asked to address will require you to dig in a bit and do some research outside of this class content using library and internet resources. Expect that it will take more than an hour to find good, resourced information.

This discussion will take place in the Lesson 1 Discussion Activity board in Canvas.

A few notes on Discussions in general

In order for this these activities to work best for your learning, you will need to participate frequently, sometimes on a daily basis, in order to catch up on postings, contribute your thoughts, and address questions to your posts. Interactions and conversations sparkled sometimes bring more value than initial content. 

I would recommend composing your posts in an agreeable software elsewhere (beside Canvas) and then copying and pasting your work into the discussion thread. That will give you additional assurance that you will not lose your work to poor connections or other technical issues.

Be sure to subscribe for the forum, so that you are notified of other posts as the discussion develops.

Grading Criteria

Discussions will be graded on the quality of your post and the thoughtful contributions you make to your classmates' posts. Please see the Discussion Expectations and Rubric under Orientation/Resources.


Typically, initial posts are due in the middle of the study week (Sunday), and comments and replies are due by the end of the study week (Wednesday). Please see the Canvas calendar for specific due dates.