Solar on the Line

Solar power plant

Solar on the Line explores the innovation and technology behind solar power as a renewable energy resource and presents multiple views on the potential benefits and challenges of this technology. This display introduces visitors to the history of solar energy use in the U.S. both as part of the electrical grid as well as an off-grid supplement. Two solar panels are on display, one from the Carter White House, which the president installed to heat water in 1979, and the other a recent acquisition from the California Million Solar Roof Initiative. Supporting technology on view includes a 2016 bi-directional electric meter, solar electric inverter, and solar controller panel which will help visitors understand how solar panels work.

Solar on the Line display