EME 810
Solar Resource Assessment and Economics

4.8. Discussion Activity


Lesson 4 Discussion in Yellowdig!

We have just read about Typical Meteorological Years (TMY) as simulation inputs in beginning project assessment. I want you to consider the positive and negative attributes of TMY data sets in terms of project design and then in terms of project operation and management. Post your answers to the following questions, and then let's have a discussion about them.

Here are some guiding questions:

  1. What is the advantage in using TMY data in project development?
  2. Why do we only have "one year" of mosaicked data?
  3. What are the cautions and limitations in using TMY data?


When you create a post in the Yellowdig discussion space, you are required to choose a topic tag. For Lesson 4 discussions, please use these tags:

You can tag your post with one or several topics at the same time. All posts and contributions you create are added up to one score at the end of the week.

Importance of interaction

Yellowdig tip: remember to check in the Yellowdig site often - it is much easier to aborb the posted information in bits rather than reading multiple posts and comments in a bulk. Click to "Home" icon - you will be able to see all the unread posts in one place.


Yellowdig points you earn over the weekly point earning period (from Saturday to next Friday) will count towards 1000 pts. weekly target. But you can go above it (to 1350 pts. max). Yellowdig discussions will account for 15% of the total grade in the course. Check back the Orientation Yellowdig page in Canvas for more details on the points earning rules.


There is no hard deadline for participating in these discussions, but I encourage you to create your posts in the middle of the study week (Sunday) to allow others to engage and respond while we are learning specific topics in the lesson. Also, remember that each weekly point earning cycle ends Friday night, and a new period starts on Saturday.