Power Plant Using Solar Cells Built in Utah

The first power plant using photovoltaic solar cells was dedicated by Governor Scott Matheson at Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, USA, on June 7, 1980. The plant was a joint venture of the U.S. National Park System, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory. The US$3 million photovoltaic system had 266,029 solar cells mounted in twelve long rows, produced a 100-kilowatt output which supplied electricity to six staff residences, maintenance facilities, a water sanitation system, and a visitors’ centre. The closest power line was 38 miles (61 kilometres) away.

      June 7, 1980
      Scott Matheson
      Natural Bridges National Monument, UT, USA

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