Solar Power World’s Frank Andorka recently ran through a list of “23 solar pioneers whose names you should know.” Interesting list.
As a taster, I’ll drop the first 3 below, along with Frank’s quick summaries as to why they’re pioneers. For the remaining 23, jump on over to Frank’s post.
“As early as 212 BC, the Greek scientist, Archimedes, used the reflective properties of bronze shields to focus sunlight and to set fire to wooden ships from the Roman Empire which were besieging Syracuse. As a result, he became the father of concentrated solar power.”
2. Emperor Justinian of Rome
“Sunrooms on houses and public buildings were so common that the Justinian Code initiated “sun rights” to ensure individual access to the sun. Everyone has a right to the sun? We think we should put those rights into the U.S. Constitution. Way to go, Justinian.”
3. The Anasazi
“Ancestors of Pueblo people called Anasazi in North America live in south-facing cliff dwellings that capture the winter sun. Editorial Director Frank Andorka has actually seen these homes up close in New Mexico, and he says they are impressive.”
Go ahead and jump to #4 here.