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A Brief History of Solar

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Solar energy has an interesting history with its first, more primitive uses being as early as the 7th century B.C. The photovoltaic effect was discovered in the year 1839 by French Scientist Edmond Becquerel. Photovoltaic technology as we know it today was officially born in 1954, when Daryl Chaplin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Peterson developed the first silicon photovoltaic cell at Bell Labs. Solar panels have come a long way since their invention and have advanced tremendously in recent years.

Which Solar Financing Option is Best for Your Business?

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Solar can be a great option for your business, providing a multitude of benefits ranging from lower electric bills to reduced environmental impact. As commercial solar installations become increasingly popular, it is critical to consider all of the financing options. A solar installation can be paid for in three ways: cash, solar loans, or PPAs (power purchase agreements).

New Developments in Agrivoltaics

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Agriculture is the world’s largest industry, employing over one billion people and generating over $1.3 trillion dollars worth of food annually. Cropland occupies around 50% of the land on Earth. It is not surprising then that the agricultural industry consumes a large amount of energy. In 2016, the agricultural industry consumed 1,872 Btu of energy, 1.9% of total US energy consumption. Farms need this energy to power machinery, irrigate crops, cool and heat facilities, provide lighting, and dry grains. Agrivoltaics, or the installation of solar panels over cropland can provide a multitude of benefits, helping source required energy from clean, renewable sources.

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