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Powering the Dream by Alexis Madrigal

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chapter 11
Solar Hot Water, Day and Night
ON ANY OLD EVENING in October 1929, one might have found Death Valley Scotty and his patron, Albert Mussey Johnson, coming back from a horseback ride among the rattlesnakes and scorpions to the sprawling Moorish villa that Johnson had built in the hottest place on earth, miles from nowhere. However, nights could still get a little nippy. And if one of them wanted a hot shower out in the middle of nowhere, he could have one courtesy of a new Day and Night Solar Hot Water Heater, which the duo had gotten installed earlier that month.1
Johnson was an insurance magnate and millionaire (even after the stock market crash that lit the Depression’s fuse) who hailed from Chicago. Scotty was from Kentucky, but ...

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