EME 810
Solar Resource Assessment and Economics

5.7 Discussion Activity 2 - Energy Constraint Hypothesis


Discussion Activity

For this discussion, I want you to discuss your own observations of energy constraints, and your local area's perception of solar energy.

  • Does your family or do your friends in the area feel that you have "enough" sunlight?
  • What is the cost of electricity in your area (0.06/kWh is low, and 0.12/kWh is considered high)?
  • Are there any incentives in your area for solar energy?
  • Do you observe any factors that seem to support the hypothesis of the energy constraint response?
  • Any factors that appear to disprove the hypothesis that we can discuss, too?

Supplemental Tools for the USA:

I am trying to gauge your ability to think about the solar resource in an economic framework. Please describe the conditions that you observe around you, rather than what you think "ought" to be happening. Most of us have not really framed the solar condition in rational terms. Maybe you have conflicting ideas about light and irradiance from your own backgrounds that we can discuss? Or, perhaps this new terminology is confusing and we need to take a few communications to sort through things.

This discussion will take place in the Lesson 5 Discussion Activity 5.2 Forum in Canvas.

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.