January 18, 2012
I scurry around the San Francisco Bay Area trying to get people to kick their unhealthy carbon habit by way of solar thermal (i.e. hot water) and/or photovoltaic panels. It's a steady exercise in education, but I was a teacher for fifteen years, so I'm okay with that. Most of the roofs here remain naked, so I have a job to do. It's no more complicated than that.
We developed some run-down houses over the past decade, added solar to most of them, and enjoyed the solar experience so much that I decided to make solarizing the world my full-time pursuit. Give and empty roof and a place to stand, and I will cool the world. Something like that.
Doug Wilkins is a solar consultant and a solar broker who could make more money doing something else, but who prefers to improve the mostly empty roofs of the world. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and multiple smallish dogs.