Research Publication Title

Feasibility Study of Solar Panels on the Herty Hall Roof

Major

Chemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Ken McGill Mr. Cason Kelley

Keywords

Solar Power, Solar Panels, Green Energy, Energy Cost Savings

Abstract

Our society is currently faced with several problems, however one of the more difficult problems is: how do we solve the energy crisis? In order to meet the demands of a population that increases without control we have nearly depleted our supply of natural resources. We keep looking to the ground for our energy, and only just recently have we realized the greatest resource at our fingertips is right above us. Of all the possible renewable energy resources, solar energy is the best option. Advancements in solar technology are making solar panels easier and cheaper to purchase as well as more efficient. Solar farms are being used, however, these farms take up land, which could be used for agriculture or maintaining the animal populations we have ravenously destroyed over the years. Everyone needs a roof over one’s head, an ideal place to put solar panels. The information and knowledge of how to place solar panels on roofs is lacking. This proposal is more than just installing solar panels on the roof of Herty Hall; it is more about how to assist in education, increasing knowledge and skills. The plan is provide education to the students of Georgia College as well as the people of the Middle Georgia Community. The solar panels will open a new research project within the Department of Chemistry, Physics, & Astronomy, where work will be done to determine the best positioning of the panels during certain times of the day at different times in the year. The results, as a test pilot project, will help students in their understanding of solar technology, assist in communicating that knowledge with others, and potentially, see solar expanded to other buildings on campus.

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Feasibility Study of Solar Panels on the Herty Hall Roof

Our society is currently faced with several problems, however one of the more difficult problems is: how do we solve the energy crisis? In order to meet the demands of a population that increases without control we have nearly depleted our supply of natural resources. We keep looking to the ground for our energy, and only just recently have we realized the greatest resource at our fingertips is right above us. Of all the possible renewable energy resources, solar energy is the best option. Advancements in solar technology are making solar panels easier and cheaper to purchase as well as more efficient. Solar farms are being used, however, these farms take up land, which could be used for agriculture or maintaining the animal populations we have ravenously destroyed over the years. Everyone needs a roof over one’s head, an ideal place to put solar panels. The information and knowledge of how to place solar panels on roofs is lacking. This proposal is more than just installing solar panels on the roof of Herty Hall; it is more about how to assist in education, increasing knowledge and skills. The plan is provide education to the students of Georgia College as well as the people of the Middle Georgia Community. The solar panels will open a new research project within the Department of Chemistry, Physics, & Astronomy, where work will be done to determine the best positioning of the panels during certain times of the day at different times in the year. The results, as a test pilot project, will help students in their understanding of solar technology, assist in communicating that knowledge with others, and potentially, see solar expanded to other buildings on campus.