Design, Implementation, and Analysis of a Rooftop Solar Panel Assembly

Evan Dunnam, Hasitha Mahabaduge, Department of Physics, Georgia College and State University, 111 North Clarke Street, Campus Box 1277, Milledgeville, GA 31061

In the U.S. alone, one trillion dollars are spent annually on fossil fuels for energy. With the regular implementation of solar energy across the nation, this figure, alongside the amount of carbon emissions released annually, can be greatly reduced. We conducted a real-world experiment to find what components and installation methods would be needed to set up a solar panel assembly at a local high school’s agricultural shed. We looked at factors including cost and effectiveness when performing this project, and found that the solar panel we installed will generate adequate power for the high school’s garden with no recurring costs, and an initial investment of fewer than five hundred dollars. The design and implementation aspects of this project included selecting the most suitable Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge-controller, power inverter, and appropriate battery storage for the system. After a successful installation, we will continue to monitor power generation and use, and an analysis of this data will be presented at the conference. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Evan Dunnam

Institution: Georgia College and State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Physics/Astronomy

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 9
Date/Time: Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm
Session Number: 6149