Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  34 minutes
Date:  2013
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adults
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available
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Saving Sunshine

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Saving Sunshine

As the world turns to sustainability, solar enriches our lives. SAVING SUNSHINE
takes a look at today's developments in solar electricity and its increasing role
as power provider.

Combining the best features of off-grid , stand-alone solar installations with grid-tied systems that provide distributed generation, photovoltaic systems have evolved into AC-coupled systems . They provide back-up, stand-alone electricity while also using renewable solar energy for our everyday electrical needs.

This combination of renewable energy and energy storage connects multiple inverters with maintenance-free batteries and opens the door to energy independence in a sustainable, low-carbon future.

Teachers, electricians, system installers, architects, owners of grid-tied systems and solar advocates will find the clear explanations in SAVING SUNSHINE helpful in learning
the specifics of an AC-coupled system and how it forms a local distribution system to deliver electricity in a more reliable and environmentally friendly manner.

'The film is informative and appropriate for first-year engineering students. It would supplement material currently used for a home energy project where student teams improve a baseline house design to use less annual energy. This video provides a general overview to solar systems that are analyzed in more detail to optimize residential energy use.' Terry Speicher, Assistant Professor of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University


Main credits

Hankins, Bruce (Screenwriter)
Hankins, Bruce (Narrator)
Hoskyns-Abrahall, Winnie (Producer)
Hennessy, Bill (Producer)
Hennessy, Bill (Screenwriter)
Furdyna, John (Cinematographer)
Freeman, Joan (Cinematographer)
Freeman, Joan (Film editor)

Other credits

Writer, Bruce Hankins, Bill Hennessy; camera, John Furdyna, Joan Freeman; editor, Joan Freeman.

Distributor credits

Keeping the Lights on with Batteries and Solar Power

Winnie Hoskyns-Abrahall, Bill Hennessy

Written by Bruce Hankins, Bill Hennessy
Filmed by John Furdyna, Joan Freeman
Edited by Joan Freeman
English and Spansh subtitles by Cate McEntee, Lourdes Vea
Host: Bruce Hankins
A co-production of Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association, Bullfrog Films and Berks Community Television with funding provided by Metropolitan Edison Sustainable Energy Fund and Berks County Community Foundation

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Distributor subjects

Electrical Engineering
Physical Science
Renewable Energy
Solar Installation
Vocational Education


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