#1 cleantech news, reviews, & analysis site in the world. Subscribe today. The future is now.

Clean Power

Published on May 25th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


23 Solar Pioneers You Should Know

May 25th, 2013 by  

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.

1. Archimedes


“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

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


Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

Back to Top ↑