ISES Online Solar Energy Museum Now Open to Visitors!

In March 2024, representatives of the ISES Online Solar Energy Museum committee and members of the ISES solar community came together to celebrate the launch of the updated ISES Online Solar Energy Museum.

Initiated in 2020 to celebrate 50 years of ISES Solar World Congresses, the museum highlights and celebrates the many individuals, research institutes, companies, NGOs and many more who made solar what it is today - a booming global industry. This online museum allows research institutes, companies, and individuals to tell their stories about how they helped develop an industry that has grown from watts to gigawatts.

Starting all the way back in the 1950s, the online museum presents important actors, research, inventions, historical events, displays of early products and solar records from every decade as well as the many individual solar and renewable energy pioneers that pathed the way for the industry to grow to what we know it to be today. 

During the launch, Geoff Stapleton (Chair of the Museum Committee) welcomed the audience and provided a first tour through the virtual museum. Larry Kazmerski (NREL) set the stage with an introduction into the history of both solar and ISES and Museum Committee Member and past ISES Board Member Paulette Middleton provided further background on the museum's development.

The event concluded with an invitation to become a supporter or friend of the museum and to contribute to the museum by submitting material. In case you missed the launch event, a recording of the event will be made available here shortly.

The museum is now open to visitors here - enjoy a walk through solar history and together, let's look ahead to many more decades of spectacular solar growth!

Recording of launch event

Launch Event Presentations

ISES Online Solar Energy Museum_Introduction_Paulette Middleton
ISES & Solar History Presentation_Larry Kazmerski

Impressions from the museum