“Phil Warburg has invented a new literary genre: the clean energy travelogue. His trips to the places and characters behind the solar energy boom are brilliantly entertaining and informative. He has written the definitive guide to America’s solar transformation.”
—U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (ret.)
Former Chair, House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Harness the Sun is an indispensable guide to the solar revolution. It describes the businesses that will profit from it, the interests that will be disrupted by it, and the policies that could accelerate it. If you think solar energy is just a futuristic option, read this book today.”
National Coordinator of the first Earth Day,
Former Director of the Solar Energy Research Institute
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Earlier this summer I revisited Cloud County, the staunchly conservative farming and ranching community in Kansas where, nine years ago, I began exploring windpower's American ascent for my book, Harvest the Wind. On my return visit in June, I was searching for a few strands of hope that might help us span the political chasm separating red and blue America today. Two articles emerged from this journey.
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From inner-city neighborhoods and industrial wastelands to the open desert, Harness the Sun traces solar energy's remarkable ascent and introduces readers to a surprising collection of pioneers who are transforming the way we power the American economy.
Harvest the Wind is a story of hope with its pulse deep in the American heartland. Wind power has brought new jobs, new income, and a restored sense of pride to hundreds of communities across the country. With eyes wide-open, Warburg charts a course that can lead our nation to a saner and more sustainable energy future.