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References and Credits

This website was developed by Gracey Mussina, Christina Fox, Elise Riffle, and Cara Maney as a class project for Prof. Parker's ENS 201: Environmental Studies and Sustainability course in Spring 2016.

The project was based upon and inspired by the work done by students in LIB 322: Wicked Problems of Sustainability in Winter 2016. See Mitchell, Justin; Brinson, Caleb; Frimodt, Elizabeth; Whitehead, Steven; and Duday, Camille, "Solar Garden Project" (2016). LIB 322: Wicked Problems of Sustainability. Paper 27. http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/wickedproblems/2

Homepage

Pahl, T. (2016, May 17). Zeeland Rotary Final Solar Garden [PPT].

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 15, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8210

Photo Credits:

GVSU Solar Garden Project Banner: Original art work and design produced on Photoshop by Gracey Mussina.

Initial Project Design: (Is subject to change in future development of website).

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8271

Location of project: (Information on direct credit for photo still required. Obtained from previous group’s presentation and from Terry Pahl.)

Brinson, C., Frimodt, E., Mitchell, J., Whitehead, S., & Duday, C. (n.d.). Solar Garden Presentation [PPT].

Pahl, T. (2016, May 17). Zeeland Rotary Final Solar Garden [PPT].

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8271

 

About

History

Facilities Services. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://www.gvsu.edu/facilitiesservices/energy-projects-58.htm

Pahl, T. (2016, May 17). Zeeland Rotary Final Solar Garden [PPT].

McVicar, B. M. (2015). Consumers Energy moves into solar power with new field based at GVSU. Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/07/consumers_energy_gvsu_partner.html

Trylch, R. (2015, October 20). Mid-Michigan Solar Manufacturer to Power New Consumers Energy Project. Retrieved August 1, 2016, from http://www.abc12.com/home/headlines/Mid-Michigan-solar-manufacturer-to-power-new-Consumers-Energy-project-334796431.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_ABC12:_Your_Trusted_Source!__WJRT-TV

Mission

Pahl, T. (2016, May 17). Zeeland Rotary Final Solar Garden [PPT].

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 15, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8210

McVicar, B. M. (2015). Consumers Energy moves into solar power with new field based at GVSU. Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/07/consumers_energy_gvsu_partner.html

 

Learning & Benefits

Why Solar?

Brinson, C., Frimodt, E., Mitchell, J., Whitehead, S., & Duday, C. (n.d.). Solar Garden Presentation [PPT].

Pros and Cons of Solar Energy - Conserve Energy Future. (2015). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/pros-and-cons-of-solar-energy.php

Renewable Energy - IER. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/topics/encyclopedia/renewable-energy/

Advantages of Solar Energy | Pros and Cons of Solar Energy. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://rgsenergy.com/home-solar/solar-vs-traditional-power/

Photo Credits:

Percent of Total U.S. Energy Supply: Original statistics from the Institute of Energy Research, reproduced image from previous group project. Design reproduced on Photoshop by Gracey Mussina.

Brinson, C., Frimodt, E., Mitchell, J., Whitehead, S., & Duday, C. (n.d.). Solar Garden Presentation [PPT].

Renewable Energy - IER. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/topics/encyclopedia/renewable-energy/

Sunflower” Bullet Image: Original creation and design by Gracey Mussina, produced on Photoshop. 

How It Works

Knier, G. (2011, April 6). How do Photovoltaics Work? NASA Science News. Retrieved from http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/solarcells/

Pahl, T. (2016, May 17). Zeeland Rotary Final Solar Garden [PPT].

Photo Credits:

Diagrams/Operations/How Solar Gardens Operate: Sent by Terry Pahl, received from Consumers Energy.

Pahl, T. (2016, May 17). Zeeland Rotary Final Solar Garden [PPT].

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8271

Benefits

Brinson, C., Frimodt, E., Mitchell, J., Whitehead, S., & Duday, C. (n.d.). Solar Garden Presentation [PPT].

Pahl, T. (2016, May 17). Zeeland Rotary Final Solar Garden [PPT].

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 15, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8210

Photo Credits: 

Blocks: Original Diagrams from Consumers Energy, edit of images to join as a whole by Gracey Mussina.

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8271

 

Get Involved 

Eligibility & Enrollment

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 15, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8210

Photo Credits:

Payment from 3, 7, and 25 years: Image from Consumers Energy website. Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8210

Student Involvement

Hack Your Campus. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://www.gvsu.edu/hackyourcampus/

Environmental Studies. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://www.gvsu.edu/ens/advisory-board-5.htm

 

Media Gallery

Pahl, T. (2016, May 17). Zeeland Rotary Final Solar Garden [PPT].

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8271

Photo Credits:

Construction Process and Initial Project Designs: Taken and sourced from Consumers Energy.

Solar Gardens. (2016). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from https://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=8271