City University of New York and Partners
The New York City Solar Map is a tool that allows users, whether they live in New York or not, to learn about the potential for solar on buildings and in urban regions. It also provides practical information and steps for installing solar.
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About the Science
- The solar potential of rooftops in New York City is assessed as a Google Earth layer.
About the Pedagogy
- Fun inquiry approach to learning about how solar could be utilized in an urban environment.
- Many building have no data so students need to pick from those given on the map.
- All figures and numbers are automatically calculated for learners, but the approach could be expanded upon to areas outside New York, which would require learners to access and analyze data for their area of interest.
- Well-thought-out, good instructions, and interesting concept.
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