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Steven Strong

Steven 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.

Over 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.

Strong 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.

Strong 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.

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