Case Study: Understanding Solar Power Adoption in the United States

Cohen, Steven Alan; Martinez, Hayley

Solar energy use has grown substantially in recent years both in the United States and globally. The first solar battery was developed in 1954 by Bell Labs, and large scale solar plants began popping up in the 1980s and 1990s, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that solar technology gained significantly in popularity. Two factors made this possible: a) new financial models that made solar technology more affordable and b) government subsidies for solar energy.


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International and Public Affairs
Earth Institute
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July 22, 2016