Sixty years after birth, it’s time for solar cells to get serious

Gigaom

If solar panels were people, they could start signing up for AARP memberships. This year the commercial solar photovoltaic industry is celebrating its 60th birthday, after having been kicked off in 1954 by Bell Labs.

The birthday celebration was an oft-mentioned topic during the first day of one of the largest solar conferences in the U.S. on Monday in San Francisco. It’s the seventh year of the Intersolar North America conference, and this year the event is expected to bring in 27,000 attendees and exhibitors. On the opening night, California Governor Jerry Brown pointed out how far the solar industry has come since he first became Governor close to forty years ago, but also noted how far the industry still has to go to deliver enough clean energy to start to mitigate climate change.

Austin's 's Pecan Street Project. Photo courtesy of Pecan Street Inc. Austin’s Pecan Street Project. Photo courtesy of Pecan Street Inc.

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