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SDA a player in Greening of the White House

SDA President Steven J. Strong was quoted in several recent articles on President Obama's plans for making the White House a showcase for energy efficiency and green technology.

In addition to working with the Carter White House on energy issues, SDA designed and installed several solar-powered systems during the Bush administration.




Associated Press article:
"For the White House, not so easy being Greener"


Article in Electronic House:
"Six ways to green the White House"


Read more about SDA's White House projects


Steven Strong invited speaker at
Jerusalem Seminar for Architects

SDA President Steven Strong was invited to speak at "Green Design: from Theory to Practice", the 2009 Jerusalem Seminar in Architecture (JSA), a quandrennial event held in Israel. The Seminar was initiated in 1992 by Lord Rothschild and Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Foundation in Israel), as an international conference series devoted to presenting and discussing contemporary topics in the fields of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, and creating a broad basis for further projects and research.

View Steven's conference bio page

More about the Jerusalem Seminar in Architecture


SDA President Steven Strong was invited to speak at Aspen Institute's first Environment Forum.

Organized by the Institute's Energy and Environment program in partnership with National Geographic magazine, the event aimed to stimulate open-minded dialogue about the state of the natural world, global energy and environmental challenges, and sustainable solutions.

Read about Steven's impressions of the event on 11th Hour Action's blog.

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Steven Strong, CEO of Solar Design AssociatesSteven Strong again featured in Time Magazine

SDA's president Steven J. Strong was profiled in Time Magazine's "Innovators: Building a Greener World". Steven is characterized as a former "solar zealot" who has advocated for and developed renewable energy projects for over thirty years.

An example of his current work with the Sonoma Mountain Village project, planned by developers Codding Enterprises, illustrates the direction the field is taking. “For the first time,” explains Strong, "a developer has set course to create an entire town built according to principles of sustainability while keeping it competitively priced." "This", says Strong, ”is solar for the people.”

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SDA's Steven Strong featured in Time Magazine

AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco GiantsSDA designs solar arrays for the San Francisco Giants

San Francisco's AT&T Park is the first Major League Baseball stadium to feature a photovoltaic solar system, completed in July, 2007.

"It was quite a challenge logistically even though by today's standards it's still a modest-sized array," said Steven J. Strong, noted solar advocate, author and the founder of Solar Design Associates.

The company was commissioned to design the array and oversee the installation process, which was completed in time for the 2007 MLB All Star Game. The project, a joint partnership between the San Francisco Giants and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), includes panels in three areas of the baseball park -- along the Port Walk on McCovey Cove, on a newly erected canopy over the Willie Mays pedestrian ramp, and on the roof of the Giants Building.

"The scoreboard is also fitted with photovoltaics, which is kind of an exciting addition to the program because it will showcase the technology in a highly visible way -- while also helping to power the scoreboard," said Strong.
read more:
Solar Energy Hits the Major Leagues

SDA President Steven Strong in New Orleans SDA Volunteers For New Orleans Solar Installations

Solar Design Associates teamed with Sharp Solar to help rebuild in New Orleans, installing PV systems on New Orleans homes in the Lower 9th Ward.
read more:
Greening the Future of New Orleans


Tiger Woods at the launch of his Anaheim California Learning Center, with PV engineering by Solar Design AssociatesSDA engineers unique solar curtainwall for Tiger Woods Learning Center

Tiger Woods was joined by former president Bill Clinton at the launch of the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim California.

The facility features two solar electric systems -- a rooftop array of solar panels and a custom, curved BIPV curtainwall -- both designed by Solar Design Associates (SDA) of Harvard, Massachusetts.




Solar Design's custom curtainwall for the Tiger Woods Learning Center "The curtainwall design is both curved and sloped, requiring us to specify building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) modules of differing size and shape as well as differing light transmission," said SDA President, Steven Strong. "The BIPV curtain wall varies in light transmission from 5% to 30% top-to-bottom -- like the tinted band on your car windshield -- and transitions to clear at the vision area."

The high-tech, 35,000-square-foot educational center will offer children grades 4-12 educational programs in a building that houses 100 computer stations, a fully wireless environment, a 200-seat auditorium and a 1,200-square-foot multimedia center.

"This is bigger than golf....this is by far the greatest thing that has ever happened to me," the Associated Press quoted Woods as saying about his new Center (TWLC).

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Solar Design engineers unique solar curtainwall for Tiger Woods Learning Center

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie with Solar Design Associates President Steven StrongBahamas shines as proponent of renewable energy

SDA President Steven Strong and Bahamas Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, celebrated the dedication of Cape Eleuthera Institute's PV-powered administration building.

The building represents the first grid-connected renewable energy system in the Bahamas.

Solar Design Associates provided planning, design and engineering services for this historic solar electric system.

"When we speak of The Bahamas and we speak in despairing terms of being a country without natural resources, only having the sand and the sea and therefore designing industries around the sun, sand and sea and having a predominately tourist driven industry, little did we realise that we have been endowed by God with an abundance of resources," the Prime Minister said.

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Prime Minister promotes solar energy

U.S. diplomatic mission to the United Nations is the first BIPV for a foreign mission SDA engineers BIPV system at U.S. diplomatic mission to the U.N., Geneva, Switzerland.
First installation of its kind.

A public-private partnership of Swiss and American firms designed and installed Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) arrays to revitalize the building's roofs and façades. read more >>>



Time Magazine Names Steven J. Strong an Environmental Hero
“Strong has based his professional life on two design principles that he repeats like mantras--solar energy and energy efficiency,” writes Christopher Hallowell of Time Magazine. “To counteract what he calls 'blissful ignorance' of solar energy among architects and policymakers, Strong criss-crosses the country to drum up acceptance.”
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Events and Appearances by SDA and Steven Strong >>>