“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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I went to UC Santa Barbara to shed a little light on solar power's promise and came away enlightened by what's happening on campus and in the labs of scientists trained by the university. Within a year or two, a half-dozen solar arrays will generate roughly half of UCSB's minimum electric demand, reducing the campus's carbon footprint by about 6 percent. And a new PV window application could revolutionize solar use in the building sector.
Before visiting UC Santa Barbara last week, I knew the campus was committed to implementing a Climate Action Plan geared toward achieving full carbon neutrality by 2050. Being there to witness the steps already being taken was an inspiration, and it wasn't just the solar arrays - planned and in place - that impressed me.
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.