Solar Energy Proponent Passes On

December 1, 2003 [] Garyl Smith, a long-time member of the Renewable Working Group, a champion for renewable energy, and especially photovoltaics (PV), died on November 15, 2003. Garyl, who was a civilian assigned to the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, California, introduced PV to China Lake in the late 70s and early 80s, installing a number of small systems using the then-emerging technology. He formed and chaired a group called the PV Review Committee in 1985, which was composed of members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The mission of this committee was to promote the use of PV in the Department of Defense (DoD). This committee has evolved into the Tri-Service Review Committee (TREC). Over the years, Garyl served as an advisor to many policy and decision-making organizations and people across the DoD, the federal government, and the PV industry. Many of the PV projects that have been installed in the DoD are there directly as a result of his actions.
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