January / February 2012
Volume 25, No. 1
Solar’s Visionaries on the Next 25 Years
By Alex Abdallah, Gina R. Johnson, Mike Koshmrl and Seth Masia
SOLAR TODAY celebrates a milestone anniversary in interviews with some of our most influential contributors.
- Doug Balcomb: Selling Customers on Passive Solar
- Karl W. Böer: Still Crusading for Solar
- Barbara Farhar: If You Build Net-Zero, They Will Buy
- Denis Hayes: It’s Within Our Grasp to Transition Quickly
- Chuck Kutscher: Answering the Climate Skeptics with Science
- Ed Mazria: Taking a Movement to New Norm
- Bill McKibben: Battling Big Oil for the Climate’s Sake
- Bob Ramlow: Solar Heating is Ready
- Dan Shugar: Getting to a PV-Supported Grid
- Creators Reflect on Past, Future of SOLAR TODAY
Decathletes Lead with Location
By Richard J. King
By creating homes that address the ecology and culture of their own communities, participants in the 2011 Solar Decathlon took sustainable building to new levels.
For Aggressive Efficiency, Choose Passive Solar
By Norbert M. Lechner
Every south-facing window is a basic passive solar space-heating system. The challenge is minimizing heat loss while maximizing solar energy collected throughout the day.
Big Potential for Small Hydro
By Kurt Johnson
With its large untapped capacity, small hydro is attracting policymakers’ attention as a job-growth opportunity.
Japan Ramps Up Home Energy Management
By Dan Bihn
Rick Needham, Google’s Director of Green Business Operations and Strategy
By Seth Masia
ASES Member Spotlight
Tom Flint, Illinois Solar Energy Society