Solar 101

Solar 101 Powerpoint is available for download.

Notes are available here.

Video will be posted soon! 

For Further Reading (URL’s and PDF’s):


  1. Greentech Media
  2. New York Times’ Topics: Solar Energy
  3. Politico Morning Energy


  1. National Renewable Energy Lab
  2. Solar Energy Industry Association
  3. Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  4. Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  5. Rocky Mountain Institute


  1. “Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy-and Our Planet- from Dirty Energy” by Danny Kennedy
  2. “Reinventing Fire” by Amory Lovins

Solar 101 Specific:

The role of solar thermal:

U.S. Residential vs. Commercial vs. Utility Installations:

Other units used in energy:

Global energy use statistics

Technical potential analysis

Other financial metrics:

Third party financing


Subsidies + Investment structures