Using the sun for energy has been around for centuries. The ancient Romans and Greeks used passive solar energy when they built their homes. The first solar powered steam engine was built by Auguste Mouchout in 1861. Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his research on the photoelectric effect. Various advances made the use of solar widespread in the past few decades in many industrialized nations. But it took the Arab oil embargo in October, 1971 for the US to realize the ramifications of depending entirely on oil for energy consumption.
Solar has come in and out of “fashion” over the past four decades, but 2009 will mark the year that solar became an accepted component of the United States mainstream energy use. This is due to several issues:
- Tiered rate pricing including high electric taxes and fees
- High electric rate inflation
- Overall high solar gain in the US
- Federal (and some state and local) tax incentives
- Technological advances for increased efficiency
- The widespread use of fossil fuels resulting in global warming
On-going investments in solar energy and the support by local, state and federal government, as well as incentives of some utility providers, will continue to lower the cost and make solar a viable investment for many Americans.
Now is the time to take advantage of solar energy systems. To find out more, visit our website at SunCitySolar.com, or call one of our solar consultants at 918-494-0886.