As we noted a couple weeks ago in a guest post from John Perlin, author of Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, we’re coming up on the 60th birthday of the solar cell. “On April 25, 1954, scientists at Bell Laboratories demonstrated the most significant breakthrough in the history of solar energy — a solar cell capable of directly converting enough sunlight into electricity to generate useful amounts of power,” Renewables100 writes.
Below is a video of that special occasion.
It’s quite fun to look back on that and think about how far we’ve come, isn’t it?
Of course, plenty has changed since 1954. Just looked at these charts on solar’s massive price drop for some visual perspectives on the progress made in the past few decades alone.
Imagine where the solar industry will be in a few decades!
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