Did you know that solar power has been used in Australia for over 100 years? Since the first solar panel was installed in 1891, solar technology has come a long way, and today it is one of the most popular forms of renewable energy.
In this blog post, we will look at the history of solar power in Australia and see how it has evolved over the years.
In 1891 the first solar panel was installed in Sydney, Australia. Designed by an Englishman named William Adams, the solar system was used to power a street lamp. The solar panel was made of selenium, a material still used in solar panels today.
In the early 1900s, there was a lot of interest in solar power, and many experiments were conducted using different materials and designs. However, it wasn’t until 1954 that the first practical solar cell was invented. This cell was made of silicon, which is the material that is used in most solar panels today.
Solar power started to take off in Australia in the 1970s for several reasons; however, it was mainly due to the oil crisis. The oil crisis forced people to look for alternative energy sources. The Australian government also introduced several incentives to encourage people to install solar panels.
Today, solar power is one of Australia’s most popular forms of renewable energy. There are over two million households with solar panels installed, and this number is growing every year. Solar power is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills. So if you’re thinking about making the switch to solar, now is a great time!
You can read more on why now is the right time to switch to solar by visiting one of our previous blog posts here.