The History of Solar Power

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You would be forgiven for thinking that solar power and the use of renewable energy resources is something that is only a cutting edge modern phenomenon. There has been so much in the news lately about the use of fossil fuels and how solar power is the new thing.

However, ancient civilisations understood the benefits of solar power and used it happily.

Our sun and its majesty has been source of wonder and awe for humanity since the dawn of time. Entire civilisations worshipped the sun as a god and its powers have been used to help us for thousands and thousands of years.

As early as the 7th century BC, people were using magnifying glasses to make fire and even to burn pests like ants! As the centuries went on, the use of the sun’s power became more and more sophisticated. For example, in the 1st century AD, the Romans would build their bathhouses with windows that faced the sun and many ancient societies did the same.

As the years drew on and the eighteenth century approached, research into the power of the sun developed at a very fast rate and scientists started to build the first ever devices to collect solar energy and use them to perform tasks like cooking and heating their food.

The much lauded photovoltaic effect was discovered in 1839 by Edmond Becquerel while experimenting, he was the first to discover that electricity generation increased when it was exposed to the natural light of the sun.

The world’s first ever Solar PV village was installed in 1978, it only powered fifteen homes and was stopped in 1983 when they were able to hook the village up to the national grid – but it was a start!

The first ever solar powered car was created in 1982.

Solar energy is one of the most wonderful and beautiful things the world has to offer and its potential remains untapped. Enough powerful sunlight hits the earth every day to power all of our appliances for years but so many people are oblivious to this astonishing power.

There are many companies offering solar PV and promising to provide an excellent and cost effective service, however The Energy Conservation Group is one of the best providers and installers of solar panels you will find. Not only do they have a unique understanding of the environment and what needs to be done to help it, they are passionate about helping their customers utilise the huge benefits of installing technology using photovoltaic cells in their homes.

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