Order of Excellence

In 1995 SCI established a permanent Solar Cookers International Order of Excellence to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have contributed most to empowering people to cook food and pasteurize water with solar energy. 

About This Year's Recipient

Darwin Curtis Solar Cookers International Order of ExcellenceDarwin Curtis

SCI Order of Excellence 2013

In the 1980’s, Darwin made his own solar box oven from SCI instructions in the Sonoran Desert. Inspired, he began volunteering for Solar Cookers International. Together with SCI volunteer Louise Meyer, they created a new model of solar cooker: the HotPot. Together with Louise, Dar cofounded Solar Household Energy, Inc. (SHE), which is a public charity dedicated to introducing solar cooking where it can add quality to life and alleviate stress on the environment. Today, Darwin works with SHE in developing and demonstrating the effectiveness and practicality of solar cooking technology, as well as training thousands of solar cooks.



1995 Barbara Kerr and Sherry Cole 
1997 Dr. Robert Metcalf
1998 Clark and Eleanor Shimeall
2001 John Collentine, Beverly Blum
2004 Tom Sponheim
2005 Dr. Barbara Knudson
2009 Don Coan
2010 Faustine Odaba
2013 Darwin Curtis