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A little historical perspective on solar energy: The Birth of On-Grid Rooftop Photovoltaics via @GBelements

A little historical perspective on solar energy: The Birth of On-Grid Rooftop Photovoltaics via @GBelements

Over a hundred years later, after the Oil Embargo of 1973, when interest in solar surged, the federal government failed to grasp Ericsson’s brilliant insight. Those in the Beltway believed that solar systems should conform to the traditional method of producing power – centralized in the belief that “big is better.” But one technology – photovoltaics – does not fit well into such a mold. Just microns thick, solar cells function without all that bulky utility stuff like boilers, turbines, pipes and cooling towers. And due to their modularity, they can be tailored to satisfy any energy demand from milliwatts to gigawatts and therefore placed on rooftops right where residential electricity is consumed.

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