If it doesn’t make sense that Arizonans should be exploiting solar energy, then perhaps you’ve been in the sun too long. Given the Valley's long cloudless days of summer and continued sunshine-y intensity throughout the year, it does seem surprising there isn’t more solar energy collection around. But it’s not for a lack of effort. Now, ASU hopes to set the solar story straight with “Selling Sunshine: ASU Solar Energy Research 1951-1981.” The exhibit at the ASU's Hayden Library examines photovoltaic research pushed to new levels of intensity by the 1970s Arab oil embargo, the challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration and shaky government support, and the small triumphs of a desert university attempting to capitalize on a resource that appears readily available, yet has remained elusive.
Visit the Luhrs Gallery on the library's fourth floor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 14, and examine the spread of photographs, documents and ephemera chronicling ASU’s solar history. Admission is free. Visit www.asuevents.asu.edu/selling-sunshine-asu-solar-energy-research-1951-1981.