During the oil embargo in the 1970’s, Mr. Emrich had an epiphany, as many others did. Why do we truck vegetables half-way across the U.S., burning unnecessary fossil fuels and wasting unnecessary food in the process? Within two years, Mr. Emrich had founded Solarponics, a renewable Energy Company focused on solar greenhouses and solar water heating systems.

Mike still lives on the central coast, where he founded his business, in Atascadero, CA. He is semi-retired. But if you ask anyone at Solarponics, he is still very busy sending trade emails, industry news, and new technology articles to anyone who will read them. It is safe to say Mike Emrich’s legend lives on.