Brian D. Kuhn
(Principal, Product and Project Development)
Mr. Kuhn was first involved in the Renewable Energy Industry in 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Renewable Energy Systems and Business (a mixture of Mechanical Engineering and Business), from the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst, MA (1977). During his time at UMass he studied under Professor William Heronemus, a noted naval architect and world-renowned primary investigator for off-shore wind systems. He was a member of a small team of engineers that designed and built the first UMass Solar Habitat and Wind Furnacefor the Department of Energy. This wind turbine introduced many innovations, including the use of a 3 bladed, variable pitch rotor and the use of a monopole tower, features that are now standard in today’s modern wind turbine designs. The Wind Furnaceturbine is currently heading to a new home at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. The wind turbine and solar habitat later went on to become the highly respected Renewable Energy Research Laboratory at UMass.
During the early 1980’s Brian served as National Solar Specialist for Rheem/Ruud Water Heater Company – the largest manufacturer of water heaters in the world. He was responsible for the training of a national network of dealers and distributors in commercial and residential solar products.
Kuhn offers the perspective of over 30 years of product and service development in the fields of Energy, Real Estate and general marketing. He currently teaches Wind Power and Solar Energy courses at Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, MA and Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. He has had several articles published about solar and wind power. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. He works with various Wind Working Groups around the country to promote Community Wind projects and is instrumental in providing technical expertise to dealers, customers and affiliates.
In his hometown of Plymouth, MA, Mr. Kuhn has served as Chairman for the Plymouth Energy Committee (PEC), a volunteer advisory group which reports to the Board of Selectmen. He is the principal author of Plymouth 2020, a plan which calls for virtually all of Plymouth’s Municipal electricity to be produced by renewable sources in time for the town’s 400th anniversary.