Here’s a fact you probably weren’t aware of: the first solar cell was created in 1883.

Yes, over 130 years ago people were looking up for an unlimited power source. So, why does solar energy seem like such a modern endeavor?

Okay, so the early solar cells weren’t the most efficient way of producing power, and they were quickly outmatched by coal plants. But now we are at the start of a new era of solar technology. An era where solar energy advancements are making real progress possible!

There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to the future of sustainable energy. Across the planet is not only bringing power to the remotest areas, but it is also working to power our largest cities. All while having a neutral impact on our planet!

Let’s give solar power its moment in the sun and take a look at its fascinating–and surprisingly lengthy–history, and its bright and ever-expanding future!

Here’s one of our favorite YouTube channels, The Good Stuff, with the full story. If you haven’t taken a look at The Good Stuff yet, you can find them here for some incredible, thoughtful, and interesting content!

We need to be celebrating the fact that we are headed in the right direction when it comes to power!

Yes, climate change is still having an enormous impact, but just knowing that solar is already making a dent in the movement toward sustainable energy resources gives the layperson like you or I hope.

Sure, there is a lot yet to be done, but we are also seeing victories in this uphill battle!

Countries are heading toward grid parity. Solar panels are becoming more affordable. And, with solar energy advancements, more people are getting access to solar power. This is something worth celebrating!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


Explore more Stories of sustainability!

We have an entire category of the website dedicated to sustainability at EWC, so if you are looking for more reasons to celebrate a sustainable future head over there!

Sustainability on EWC!

Also, to see how one city has figured out how to run 100% on renewable energy, check out our article “The City that Runs on 100% Renewable Energy.”

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  1. “How Solar Power Will Empower the World.” YouTube. The Good Stuff, 27 Jan. 2017. Web. 01 Mar. 2017. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV