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  • Writer's pictureTiana Starks

One Man Changed How Cambridge, Massachusetts Thinks About Solar Power

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, they say. Paul Lyons was influenced by his father, who began using solar power around the family home in 1973 when the first oil embargo hit America. That experience convinced Lyons that he wanted to be a mechanical engineer so he could help others see how solar power could benefit their lives.

That’s not the end of the story. In fact, the education of Paul Lyons was just beginning. In 1993, he and his young family moved to Oaxaca, Mexico to live among people who had lived sustainably for 3,000 years. Their lives centered around three elements — sunshine, rain, and the earth. Living among them taught Lyons that we all have a responsibility to the land.

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