FSC Solar Experiment

The Fenbank Science Center (FSC) solar panel is a demonstration of an alternative energy source. Technically, the solar panel at FSC is a solar photovoltaic array made up of many solar photovoltaic cells (solar cells) that convert light from the sun into electricity.

In a solar photovoltaic system several solar cells make up a solar module and several modules make up a solar array. The FSC solar array is capable of producing 1.29 kW of direct current. Click here to see how much power is coming from the array right now!


The Fernbank solar array

Weather plays a critical role in the amount of electricity that a solar array can produce. Sunny days produce significantly more electricity than cloudy/rainy days. The image below represents 11 days of data from the solar array. Compare the power output data to the weather data below it. Do you notice a trend?

For more information about the FSC solar experiment and other alternative energy sources please click here (980 KB pdf).

If you have questions about the solar panel please contact Dr. Bill Witherspoon at Bill_Witherspoon@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us