Location: Embargo Effect on Solar Power Solar power saw a resurgence in both interest and research with the 1970's oil embargo, and ensuing shortages. The US Department of Energy financed the Federal Photovoltaic Utilization Program as there adequate interest for legislation. The Federal program funded and oversaw the installation over 3,000 photovoltaic systems. The manufacture, installation, subsequent testing and research has paved the way for much of the technology we use today. After the embargo, and throughough the next two decades oil was cheap. This cheap power in for the whole of the 1980's curtailed the economic feasibility of many alternative energy projects. Without investment and installation, research and development was greatly curtailed. In the end, few homes went solar, and the money ran out. Solar was again pushed to a industrial electrician's bag of random tricks, and mostly removed from mainstream eyes.