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Solar Energy fact sheet

Year Level(s) Years 3-6
Subject Area(s) Geography Science SOSE General Science
Topic(s) Energy Renewable Energy Solar
Resource Type Fact Sheet
Publish Date 23rd Feb 2010

Solar is one form of renewable energy. Solar power can be used in two different ways as a heat source and as an electricity source. This fact sheet looks at the techniques for harnessing solar energy such as solar thermal, solar gas, photovoltaic systems, and the solar energy industry in Australia. The advantages and disadvantages of solar energy are also examined.

Educational value statement

  • Includes information on solar thermal, photovoltaic and solar gas systems.
  • Includes a table showing advantages and disadvantages of solar systems.
  • Describes some initiatives on solar energy operating in Queensland.

Key learning objectives

  • Students differentiate between renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
  • Students explain how different methods of harnessing solar energy work.
  • Students list advantages and disadvantages of solar energy systems.


  • Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences; Physical sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour: Use and influence of science

Australian Curriculum content statementsĀ 

Science: ACSSU097 (6); ACSSU078 (5); ACSHE100 (6)

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