One of the world's genius inventors and visionaries was born in 1856 on July 9th or 10th-Nikola Tesla.
Nikola Tesla was one of the first recorded scientists to explore solar power. Here's a site that features an old reprint of an article on Tesla's thoughts about solar energy:
1916 Reprint of Tesla's Article Here
* Some of Tesla's Quotes:
I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.
Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.
The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.
Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.
* Some of Tesla's Inventions:
Nikola Tesla Visionary Genius