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Solar Entrepreneur is Honored at Applewild

17 Dec

Applewild School presented the Lavarack Family Alumni Award for 2014 to Jeff Wolfe, class of 1975, at recent ceremonies held at the school in Fitchburg. The award was established by Applewild’s founding Headmaster, William Lavarack, his wife Persis and their family to celebrate the values that Mr. Laverack held as most important in life: dedication and generosity – specifically, being generous with one’s time, one’s love and one’s life. The award is presented annually to an alumna or alumnus whose life has, in an exemplary way, embodied Applewild’s mission and core values. Mrs. Lavarack presented the award to Wolfe.

Jeff Wolfe is a degreed professional mechanical engineer, entrepreneur, climate activist, and fighter for social justice. He is a recognized national leader on energy, solar policy and industry development. He has displayed these skills in many pursuits, often in combination. His primary motivation and passion is to counter climate change, which he believes is both the gravest threat to the future of human civilization, as well as being the greatest economic and social opportunity of our era. Wolfe founded groSolar in 1998, which grew to be one of the top five residential solar installation firms in the country.  Now the Chief Executive Officer of Heliofire LLC, he focuses on developing and commercializing a factory-manufactured, small-scale Concentrating Solar Power electric generation system using a standard gas turbine driven by solar heated air to generate electricity. He chairs the Distributed Generation Division of the Solar Energy Industries Association and serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board. Wolfe has testified at the US Senate and state legislatures, and regularly speaks and keynotes at solar industry events. He has spearheaded several successful efforts to enact solar legislation and policy and is currently leading efforts to assure the reversal of the effects of climate change.

During the presentation ceremony, Wolfe addressed the students, faculty and guests. Later he spoke with science classes about climate change. Wolfe lives in Strafford, Vermont and grew up in Ashby, attending Cushing Academy after Applewild.

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