Bruce Anderson is considered one of the solar industry’s foremost pioneers and currently is Chairman and CEO of 247Solar Inc. With the media in the 1980s referring to him as “Mr. Solar,” he was one of the most prolific and well-known thought leaders and innovators of that early solar era.
Bruce started his clean energy career more than 40 years ago when he completed his Masters thesis at MIT on solar energy in 1973. Twelve years later, Bruce became the first recipient of the American Solar Energy Society’s “Lifetime Solar Contribution” Award.
He was a founding director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (then the New England Solar Energy Association), co-authored the Washington Post best seller The Solar Home Book (1976), authored or co-authored 5 other energy books, served on the National Advisory Board of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now NREL) and has twice testified to Congress on energy matters.
247Solar is one of four MIT-related spin-offs launched by Ignite Technology Ventures, an incubator Bruce founded in 2000 to commercialize MIT technologies. Bruce ran for governor of the state of New Hampshire in 1986. In 1990, with US Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day in 1970, he co-founded Earth Day USA to transition the event from a domestic 10-year anniversary celebration to an international annual event.
He has served as director of numerous national organizations and companies and was president of the MIT Alumni Club of Boston as well as a Director on the International Board of MIT’s Alumni Association. He was founding co-chair of the New England Clean Energy Council in 2008 and was the 2011 recipient of its Clean Energy Leadership Award. He currently serves as President of the MIT Crew Alumni Association and is a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees).