Solar energy has been around longer than most think. In the year 1839, a French physicist, Edmond Becquerel, make a phenomenal discovery…much like Benjamin Franklin did in the 18th century. Becquerel discovered, according to research, the photovoltaic effect while he was experimenting with a cell made from electrodes. And why was that so significant? Becquerel publicly noted that the cell he worked with produced a higher amount of electricity when exposed directly to light.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
In 1884 – according to Smithsonian Magazine – Charles Fritts installed the first solar panels on a rooftop in New York City. Fritts – an inventor – created what was then known as a low-impact solar cell; it was the birth of photovoltaic solar panel innovation in the United States. “Named after Italian Physicist, Alessandro Volta, photovoltaic is the more technical term for turning light energy into electricity, and used interchangeably with the term photoelectric,” Elizabeth Chu and D. Lawrence Tarazano state.
Since then, of course, there have been many advances in solar energy and solar panel technology.
Can you guess what happened in the industry next? Stay tuned for Part Two, delivered to you at the speed of light!