Some of the heroes mentioned include Michael Bloomberg, who lead New York City during Hurricane Sandy and has seen the dramatic effects of what climate change has done to his city.
Another person that has done a lot for cleantech is Tom Steyer, who supported funding a campaign against Prop 23 in California in 2010, while helping to create the TomKat Center For Sustainable Energy at Stanford University.
Meanwhile, Bertrand Piccard and Andrew Borschberg have proven you can fly a long-range plane with solar energy, which propelled them to the Top Innovation Award from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
There is also a fair share of villains in the renewable energy debate.
Obvious choices include The Koch Brothers, who have been held accountable for more than 300 oil spills between 1995 to 1997, causing three million litres of oil to spill into streams and lakes across six states. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has also done his fair share of dastardly deeds against environmental issues. McConnell battled against the 2007 green tax package and the renewable energy standard in the energy bill. McConnell even threaten to block having the Earth Aid concert in Washington, DC in 2007.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie denied climate change played a role in Hurricane Sandy, which caught the ire of many within the green community, considering that New Jersey was hard hit by the storm.
Which leaves us these questions? Are there other renewable energy heroes that don’t get enough mention? What other villains get under your skin?