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    The Evolution of Sharp and Sharp Solar Panels

    When you think about solar panels, you may not immediately think of Sharp, and when you think of Sharp, you may not immediately think of solar panels. Although you may not realize this, Sharp solar panels have over 50 years of solar innovation behind them, making them one of the best choices in solar panels.
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    Sharp Solar Panels Have a History of Solar Power

    The history of Sharp solar panels begins in 1959 when Sharp, an electronics firm, began developing solar cells. As a producer of electronics products that consume power, Sharp has always believed that they should also produce power.

    In 1969, Sharp created a successful prototype of the precursor of Sharp solar panels. This was only the beginning for the Sharp corporation on its way to building Sharp solar panels.

    When you think of Sharp solar panels you may think of Sharp’s solar calculators. Released in 1976, these were the first calculators with solar power. The same year, the satellite Ume was launched, carrying Sharp’s solar cells.

    In the 1980s, Sharp got more serious about their solar program, which would later lead to Sharp solar panels. In 1981 they began operations at what is now the Katsuragi Plant, and in 1983 they produced a two-layer stacked solar cell. Over the years Sharp has continued to improve their solar technology, which they now use in Sharp solar panels.

    In the 1990s, Sharp reached the highest cell conversion efficiency for both polycrystalline solar cells and single-crystal solar cells in 1992, commercialized residential solar power systems like the Sharp solar panels we now know, and created a 200KW system which featured the world’s first solar snow melting function. Rounding out the 1990s, in 1999 Sharp received the New Energy Award and Ministry of International Trade and Industry Award from the Japanese government.

    In the 2000s, Sharp solar panels have become among the most popular for home energy production, and Sharp has continued to make strong advancement in the solar energy field.

    Sharp Solar Panels Today

    For more than 50 years, Sharp’s efforts in research and development have led to groundbreaking solar solutions.  When you select Sharp, you get more than well-engineered products. You also get Sharp’s proven reliability, outstanding customer service, and the assurance of a 25-year limited warranty on power output. A global leader in solar electricity, Sharp powers more homes and businesses than any other solar manufacturer worldwide.

    Key Benefits of Sharp Solar Panels

    Savings Every Month. A Sharp solar electric system powers your home so you use considerably less electricity from the public utility.

    Hedge Against Rate Hikes. Offset energy prices and unpredictable rate hikes by generating your own free power for decades.

    Protect The Environment. Most electricity is generated by burning coal that emits pollutants into the atmosphere. Solar electricity comes from a clean and renewable source—the sun.

    Reliable Power. As a world leader in solar manufacturing, Sharp solar modules generate power for decades and are backed with a limited 25-year warranty on power output.

    Installation Expertise. Our nationwide network of independent Sharp certified installers ensures that there's a solar expert close to you, ready to come to your home to determine your energy needs with a free consultation.

    Increased Property Value. Solar is a smart upgrade that makes your home more desirable and valuable.

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    Written by: Christian Märtel, Editor