NREL Power Lunch Lecture Series Features John Perlin

For those individuals able to attend, I highly recommend this NREL Power Lunch lecture, featuring John Perlin, author of  “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy.”

October 1 lecture  by John Perlin, author, lecturer, consultant — solar energy & forest preservation


John Perlin will present a lecture on his new book, Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy, which covers the development of all solar technologies, beginning with the ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans who designed the majority of their houses to scoop up sunlight in winter. He will show that during the last 3,000 years people have used solar concentrators to focus sunlight to light fires, during the Renaissance, to solder metal, and by the 19th century, to run steam engines. Since the end of the 19th century, a solar water heater industry has developed and spread throughout the world; and that as far back as the 1870s, people learned how to convert sunlight directly into electricity. The myriad ways people have benefited from solar energy over the last 6,000 years raises the question: If years ago people successfully harnessed the sun’s energy, can’t we, with a far superior tool kit, do better, using their work as our foundation?

Wednesday, October 1

Noon – 1 p.m.

NREL Education Center

15013 Denver West Parkway

Golden, CO 80401

John Perlin has written four books on solar energy and forestry. He has put together four major exhibits on these subjects that have traveled throughout the world. His current book is Let It Shine: The 6,000 Year Story of Solar Energy. Mr. Perlin works at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Physics and Student Affairs. He and his Nobel Laureate colleagues Drs. Walter Kohn and Alan Heeger produced the film, “The Power of the Sun,” a fifty-five minute presentation showing how Einstein’s discovery of the photon helped lead to the development of today’s booming photovoltaic industry. The film was inspired by his book, From Space to Earth.  Mr. Perlin also consults for Student Affairs in the implementation of solar energy/energy efficiency for its buildings. He has lectured on solar and forestry topics throughout the world. For details, go to his website at

Call 303-384-6565 or e-mail [email protected] to make a reservation for this free public program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.

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