Jumping on the Bandwagon
My name is Roger Willhite. I’ve started this website in order to develop my own personal knowledge of solar energy. I’d like to also share what I’ve learned and encourage others to become interested in solar energy.
What we think of as solar energy today is actually quite old, with working solar panels having been first constructed and successfully used in 1954 by Bell Labs. The roots go way deeper in history with Alexandre Edmond Becquerel (the importance of Becquerel is now up for debate) observing the yet nameless photoelectric effect in 1839. But my interest is not in the past. I believe that solar energy technology is in the middle of an amazing push forward. Not only is efficiency in solar cells constantly being improved upon, but scaling in manufacturing is driving prices down. Energy storage innovations are leading to new ways of consuming energy. Perceptions and attitudes toward sustainable solutions are reaching critical mass.
I’ve always been interested in both business and science. I think solar energy blends the best of both worlds. It is the intention of this site to report on the science and the money in the solar industry. Please visit this site regularly and join me on a quest to follow what I believe is a solar revolution. I know that term gets thrown around a lot, but just because it’s become cliche, doesn’t mean it’s not an accurate description of what’s going on.
I chose the name Second Silicon to reflect the fact that silicon, the semiconducting element used in most solar cells, is usually first associated with computing and transistors. The second thing people think of when they hear the word silicon is solar panels and solar energy. Thus second silicon.
More About Me
In addition to running this blog. I am currently teaching English to elementary school children in Korea. I’ve been here for nearly nine years. During that time I have gotten married and had my first child. My goal is to return the United States in March 2014. I am committed to entering the field of solar energy in any capacity that might be helpful upon my return. I’m open to living in any part of the US. It is for this reason that I hope this site also serves as a resume of sorts. If you own a solar company and I may be of use to you, please contact me and let me know how I can help. Additionally, I’d be open to guest blogging if you have a site focused on solar.
Please e check out my podcast. It is titled Disruption: Solar Energy. The podcast consists of interviews and commentary as we follow the energy transition and the disruption of traditional energy markets.