Strong is founder and president of Solar Design Associates, Inc., an
interdisciplinary group dedicated to the design of environmentally responsive
buildings and the engineering and integration of the renewable-energy systems
to power them, especially solar electricity.
the past 25 years, Strong has designed dozens of homes and buildings powered by
renewable energy. In 1996, he worked with Olympic Village architects to power
the 1996 Summer Games with solar electricity with what was the world's largest
rooftop photovoltaic power system. In 2002, he designed and oversaw the
installation of three solar energy systems at the White House, and he has
recently completed the design of a new "solar skin" for the U.S.
Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.
has designed solar-powered, zero-energy residences in hot and cold climates,
including the first 100-percent solar residence in central Massachusetts in
1980. He recently completed the first zero-energy, solar-powered academic
facility and the first wind-powered college campus. Strong is also a consultant
on green technology and renewable energy for the new Boston studio complex of
WGBH, the producing station of NOVA.
is the author of a number of books and technical papers on photovoltaics in
buildings. In 1999, Time
Magazine named him an environmental "Hero of the Planet," and in
2001, the American Solar Energy Society presented him with its Charles Greeley
Abbot Award, the Society's highest honor, for outstanding achievement in the
advancement of solar energy. Strong says his overriding passion for renewable energy flows from his conviction that it's our best hope for sustained health and future prosperity on the planet.