By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
- describe how sustainability ethics can be included into project design as a motivating factor for Solar Project Development;
- apply the four classes of benefits that are supplied by ecosystems: ecosystems services;
- apply the concept of ecosystems services to renewable energy projects in rural and urban scenarios; and
- become familiar with the context of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
What is due for Lesson 10?
This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Course Syllabus for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found within this lesson.
J.R. Brownson, Solar Energy Conversion Systems (SECS), Chapter 1 - Introduction (Reread, with renewed focus on The Ethics of Sustainability and Ecosystems Services.)
Geoffrey Carr (Nov 21, 2012) "Sunny Uplands" The Economist.
|Optional Reading (not required):||
Ong et al. (2013) "Land-Use Requirements for Solar Power Plants in the United States"  NREL Technical Report: NREL/TP-6A20-56290. (supplemental reading)
Discussion: Ultra-Mega Solar
Activity: Sustainability and Ecosystems Services Pitch (video)
Engage in all Try-This and Self-check activities (not graded)
|Topic(s):||Energy constraint, value of solar energy, historical cases of developing solar energy|
If you have any questions, please post them to the Lesson 10 General Questions and Comments Discussion Forum. I will check the forum regularly to respond. While you are in a discussion, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.