Using solar energy for the first time

Crucially, scientists discovered that selenium could convert sunlight into electricity without needing heat. While this can eliminate many of the up-front costs of going solar, third-party electricity sales face regulatory and legislative challenges in some states and jurisdictions. Following this, just 7 years later, in 1883, they developed the first solar cell with selenium. Thanks in part to Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) investments, the cost of going solar goes down every year.

So, this brief History of solar energy is designed to highlight how humans have made use of this fast-growing renewable energy type. So, this brief History of solar energy is designed to highlight how humans have made use of this fast-growing renewable energy type. Around this time, the US created the Solar Energy Research Institute to further the development of solar energy production.

What I wish I knew before getting solar panels?

There are three main types of solar panel to choose from; monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin-film. It’s important you do research on the Solar panel manufacturers out there, and hone in on which one has the best warranty. Don't be tricked by the deceptive performance warranty (which is usually 25 years) when you really want to know about the panel warranty (which is closer to 10 years). Each state and municipality will have its own set of rules in terms of solar panels, and you might need a permit to install them.

The general rule of thumb -- in and beyond the solar panel industry -- is that the length of a warranty indicates how much confidence the manufacturer has in its product.

Otis Jolina
Otis Jolina

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