Steven Strong is the President of Solar Design Associates, Inc., which he founded after working as an energy systems engineer on the Alaskan pipeline in the 1970s. Despite a well-paying position, he recognized the need for more environmentally friendly ways to provide energy and decided to start a career in renewables. Over four decades, he has earned international recognition for integrating renewable energy systems, especially solar, with environmentally responsive building design. His work spans across the globe, from Europe and Asia to Africa and the Americas.
In 1979, MIT and the US DOE commissioned him to design the world's first solar-powered, Net-Zero-Energy residence with a utility-interactive solar electric system that exported surplus power to the grid, a practice now known as 'Net Metering.' He continued to pioneer solar architecture and technology, designing solar-powered houses, organizing conferences, and working on groundbreaking projects, including powering the Summer Olympics in Atlanta with solar.
Steven has been involved in over 5,000 renewable energy applications, from wind to solar and energy-positive buildings, and has influenced energy policy as an advisor to numerous government officials. He is the author of several publications and has received awards for his pioneering work in sustainable design and solar energy. Steven's dedication to renewable energy and sustainable design has had a significant impact on the industry and environmental awareness.