Ten Historical Energy Events By agannonator Jan 1, 1600 Wind Power 1600BCE 1600 BCE, the first use of wind power is used by the Shang Dynasty. Jan 1, 1695 First Steam Engine Developed by James Watts in England Jan 1, 1809 First Electric Light This would soon lead to houses useing electricity. Mar 1, 1859 First Oil Well The first oil well is drilled by Drake in Pennsylvania Mar 1, 1880 First Battery The first battery is created. This could now store electrical energy. Mar 1, 1880 First Electric Lamp this is the first lamp that could easily put into houses and was convenient. Mar 1, 1886 First Automobile Increased transport speeds by elininating the horse. Mar 1, 1936 Hoover Dam this would bring electricity to most of the Western states and was movement toward more efficient energy sources. Mar 1, 1941 Solar Cells Invention of the first silicon solar cells in silicon valley. This would be the advent of the movement toward better energy sources. Mar 1, 1954 Solar Panels Mass production of solar panels begins.