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Thomas A. Peterson

SEE Publications, Solar Design & Construction

Thomas Peterson

Areas of Expertise:

Energy Efficiency

Additional Areas of Expertise:

Super Energy Efficient Building Envelopes, Super Energy Efficient Retrofits, Energy Policy

Thomas A. Peterson is a native New Englander, who now resides in Southern Maine. He has a BSBA in Business from U. Mass. – Dartmouth and an MBA in Marketing from Tulane University – New Orleans. He initially did marketing research for several Northeast retailers providing detailed written and oral presentations to top management. He became interested in solar energy in 1975 after the first "energy crisis". In 1979, after the second “energy crisis”, he started his own company, Solar Design & Construction. Thus began his career in researching, designing, building, and promoting active and passive solar and increasingly energy efficient homes in Southern Maine. Cost containment was also a top priority. Initially paralleling his construction career, he began teaching Marketing and Management courses at St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine then at the University of Southern Maine in the Portland area. As a professor, he honed his oral presentation skills. In addition, he also developed and presented Marketing Export Seminars for Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments for experienced businesses in the Provinces of New Brunswick & Nova Scotia. As his knowledge of solar and energy efficient housing grew, he wrote pamphlets for SD&C and conducted seminars at home shows, in addition to writing newspaper articles. To promote SEE (Super Energy Efficient) homes, he researched the cost of ownership for such homes as well as information on government and bank programs that were available. Once amassed, he was amazed at how compelling an argument could be made for building new or converting every existing home to SEE standards. Energy savings could cover the cost of financing SEE standards for all new homes and for most existing homes. Realizing that no one had ever compiled these facts in one place, prompted him to author his first book, ”SEE” The EMPOWERING Energy Solution. Society was essentially ignorant of the fact that a simple solution could help solve many of its multiple and diverse problems. SEE can simply create countless jobs, save people money, provide a hedge against any rising energy costs, assure a vibrant long-term economy, significantly cut pollution, reduce foreign energy dependence, and make homes significantly more comfortable. In addition, it can do all of this while paying for the cost of building to SEE standards with energy dollar savings. Given our environmental and economic problems, he feels what he has learned about SEE needs to become public knowledge. He now spends his time promoting SEE to any interested parties.

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