Dennis Scanlin, honored by the U.S. Department of Energy for his pioneering work and advocacy for wind energy.
He says there are some 50,000 sites in western NC suitable for small-scale wind turbines that could produce enough power for a home or farm. It's an alternative future, and Scanlin has envisioned it. They say you can't get there unless you can imagine what it's like, and Scanlin has done that. He had a major hand in drafting Watauga County's wind turbine ordinance, the first of its kind in the state.
Plus he's just a hell of a nice guy.