Why aren't we only using solar power?

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Link to Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8d5Pf7VIiU
Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Format:video
Organization:TED-Ed
Publication Date:2014
Summary:Solar power is cheaper and more sustainable than our current coal-fueled power plants, so why haven't we made the switch? The real culprits here are the clouds, which make solar power difficult to control. Alexandros George Charalambides explains how solar towers and panels create electricity and how scientists are trying to create a system that can function even under cloud cover.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-2; K-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; elementary school; energy; energy resources; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school; natural resources; renewable energy; solar; sun; video
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