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The Dawning of Solar Cells

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 1975 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/dawning-solar-cells/
dawningofsolarcells

Thisreport by David Morris was published (1975) shortly after the first plant manufacturing solar cells for terrestrial applications (Solarex) opened in suburban Washington, D.C.  The report examined the embryonic PV industry, which was limited to remote, non-grid connected applications.  The report proposed the creation of a government sponsored artificial market where demand would be increased at a steady pace in return for guarantees by companies that they would reduce the price of their product at an equally steady pace. The report also investigated the economies of scale of solar cells and concluded there were few, that rooftop arrays could generate its own power just as, or more efficiently then centralized solar power plants.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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