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Powering the Dream by Alexis Madrigal

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chapter 13
The Solar Energy Research Institute
THE SOLAR ENERGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SERI) was born from the chaotic rush into alternative energy research that began in 1973 when the OPEC oil embargo shocked Americans out of their energy trance. The Solar Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1974 called it into being, but for a variety of all-too-dull political reasons, the Institute’s work did not begin until mid-1977 after Jimmy Carter took office.
Paul Rappaport was appointed the first head of the institute to be, in his own words, “the solar advocate for Mr. Carter.” A respected scientist at RCA for twenty-eight years, Rappaport seemed like the ideal man to lead the nation’s first and only government laboratory dedicated ...

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