The Hidden History of the Solar Industry

Laird, Frank N.
January 2004
Solar Today;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p42
Academic Journal
Discusses the history of U.S. energy policy. Low funding for renewable energy sources; Policy of procurement in which the federal government bought photovoltaic energy from companies during the 1950's and 1960's; Dramatic increases in funding for all energy sources during the energy crisis of the 1970's; Increasing pressure on the federal government to take renewable energy more seriously.


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