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Authors

Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Microsoft Excel

Installed Solar Energy Capacity

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map and chart provide students with an opportunity to explore where and how much solar energy is being produced around the world. 
  • Students can select the countries they wish to see on the line graph. 
  • Data begin in 1996, and all resources can be downloaded. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students can see the progression of solar energy around the world over time and see which countries have the most installed capacity.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a line graph and world map.
  • You can sort the table by column.
  • The line graph can display the data on a linear or logarithmic scale.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in social studies classes while discussing air quality.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in physics classes while discussing fossil fuel energy and solar energy.
Scientist Notes

This resource highlights aggregate of installed solar capacity with a unit conversion factor of 0.001. Data output shows the relative change from countries under study. Hence, resource is recommended.

Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.3.9-12 Use geographic data to analyze variations in the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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