Explore Different Ways to Generate Electricity, Learn How Solar Panels Work and Discover Simple Things You Can Do to Conserve Energy.

So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy at the Fleet Science Center focuses on electricity production, alternative sources of energy, and basic conservation strategies you can try at home and at work.

So Watt! features five interactive exhibits, including a touch-screen interface where you can monitor electricity being generated by 10,000 square feet of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of the Science Center. Owned and operated by SDG&E, the PV system is capable of generating more than 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity at peak production for San Diego’s power grid.

So WATT ExhibitsGenerate your own electricity at the Make a Watt exhibit and learn how much energy it takes to produce a watt. At Watt’s the Difference? you’ll will learn more about the six most common ways electricity is produced—fossil fuels, nuclear, hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, and solar—then find out where most of California’s power comes from. Every form of energy production has pros and cons, and after learning a bit about these impacts, you’ll have an opportunity to vote for the energy source YOU think should be used most for generating electricity in the next 20 years.

Watts in the Sun 2Ever wonder how solar panels work? At the Watt’s in the Sun? exhibit, solar power is demystified with a down-to-earth explanation of how photovoltaic (PV) panels produce electricity from sunlight. You can be a solar engineer at this exhibit by adjusting a small photovoltaic (PV) panel, lining it up with a light source and creating enough electricity to power a small fan. Nearby, an interactive touch-screen exhibit called Watt’s on the Roof? lets you investigate real-time and historical data on how much electricity is being produced by the Fleet’s rooftop PV system.

Watt about Me? is an interactive exhibit that demonstrates a wide variety of simple ways to conserve electricity at home and at work. By flipping switches on a scale model of a typical house, you’ll discover how the energy consumption level changes as you implement various conservation measures.

Watts the DifferenceProduced by Fleet Science Center staff, So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy is made possible by grants from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Shell Trading with additional support from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.