Mr. Michael H. Nicklas
President, Innovative Design
Michael Nicklas has been the President of Innovative Design since 1977. Innovative Design is responsible for over 4,750 energy-efficient, environmentally sound solar buildings, saving the equivalent of 127 megawatts of peak electricity, total energy savings in excess of $139 million and total rainwater harvesting savings of 295 million gallons.
While Chair of NCSEA, twice Chair of ASES and President of ISES, he led many of these societies’ most significant efforts – from solar tax credits in the NC Legislature to having language supportive of energy-efficiency and solar energy included within the United Nations Earth Summit’s Agenda 21. To promote solar energy, Nicklas has met with the Heads-of-State of eight countries. He has presented or organized over 350 lectures and conferences attended by 75,000 people around the globe to promote sustainable development. He is a fellow of the AIA and ASES and 1996 recipient of the Charles Greeley Abbot Award.