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When were solar panels invented?

The development of solar panel technology was formed with the contribution from various scientists around the globe. In 1873, Willoughby Smith discovered that selenium had photoconductive potential (able to conduct electricity when exposed to sunlight.) Years later in 1883, Charles Fritts produced the first solar cells made from selenium wafers.

Eureka! Silicon!

After several decades a more robust photoconductive material was identified. Solar cells as we know them today are made from silicon, not selenium. Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Pearson’s created the first silicon PV cells at Bell Labs in 1954. The first ever silicon solar cell could convert sunlight at 4% percent efficiency, compared to  an average of 17% for modern PV systems.

To Infinity & Beyond!

Following the invention of the silicon solar panel in 1954, solar panels were utilized in space exploration and currently power many satellites. Today Solar is changing the way people view electricity. With the increasing energy costs Solar is a clean, affordable, and green solution to help people offset and in some cases eliminate their electricity bill. OE Solar is here for you. We will help you every step of the way and can discuss financing options as we have established partnerships with many of the local leading credit unions in the State. We have been providing solar installation services for over a decade and we stand behind our products. Thats why you can have peace of mind when you choose OE Solar. 

References Used:
  • https://www.seia.org
  • https://news.energysage.com
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cell
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_solar_cells

 

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