Larry Hagman on Solar Power

Larry Hagman may have played television’s most famous evil oil baron, J.R. Ewing, but in real life the “Dallas” actor was a fierce proponent of solar energy. You might recall his SolarWorld TV commercial from 2010, where “J.R.” turned the oil industry slogan upside down, looking up at the sky and his rooftop solar panels and saying, “Shine, baby, shine.”

Tood Woody, Forbes:

Hagman told me the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico energized him to go public with what had been a private passion.

The actor had already installed the world’s largest residential solar array, a 94-kilowatt system, on his estate in Ojai, Calif., and served on the board of the Solar Electric Light Fund, a non-profit that brings solar systems to the developing world.

He struck a deal with German solar manufacturer SolarWorld to shoot the commercial in exchange for a donation of photovoltaic panels to the Haiti relief effort following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Larry Hagman, TV villain J.R. Ewing on ‘Dallas,’ dies at 81

  1. #1 by cav on November 24, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    Larry Hagman has died.

    Nobody shot him, he just died.

    All in all, a pretty good chap.

    “One of his strangest habits, which continued for some years, was not speaking on Sundays. His silence had no religious connotation, he said, adding, “You’ve got to try it to appreciate how nice it is.”

    Perhaps even stranger, at least by Hollywood standards, was the fact that Mr. Hagman had the same wife for more than 50 years: he was married to the former Maj Axelsson since 1954. She survives him, as do his son, Preston; his daughter, Kristina Hagman; and five granddaughters.

    “Life is terminal, death is not,” Mr. Hagman said in a 1980 interview. “I think death is just another stage of our development. I honestly believe that we don’t just disappear. We don’t go into a void. I think we’re part of a big energy curtain, an energy wave, in which we are like molecules.”

    RIP Larry Hagman.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on November 24, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    Larry was an actor/activist.

    I’m positive that’s why I never knew he had solar panels.

    So does Germany.

    Who won the war?

    Ain’t US.

  3. #3 by brewski on April 13, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Richard,
    There is a company in Utah which will install solar panels on your roof for free. All you need to do is agree to purchase the power generated from your system, which is cheaper than your retail price. So no upfront cost at all. Savings for 20 years. Save the planet. Sounds like this is for you.
    http://www.vivintsolar.com/en/how-it-works#the-process

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