Democracy NOW! – DN! – Hermann Scheer, 1944-2010, one of the world’s leading advocates for solar power, has died at the age of 66. The German economist and politician helped make Germany a renewable energy powerhouse and inspired many across the world to expand the use of solar power. Scheer had been member of the German parliament for three decades and was the president of Eurosolar–the European Association for Renewable Energy. In 1999 he won the Right Livelihood Award for his “indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide.” When he received the award he described solar energy as the energy of the people. We met up with Herman Scheer last month in Bonn, Germany for what turned out to be one of his final interviews. Published with written permission from democracynow.org. www.democracynow.org Provided to you under Democracy NOW! creative commons license. Copyright for broadcast belongs to democracynow.org, an independent non-profit user funded news media, recognized and broadcast world wide.