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Favorable review in CleanTechnica

I've never been called a "wind harvester" before. That's what Sandy Dechert dubs me in her very favorable review of Harness the Sun, appearing yesterday in CleanTechnica. I appreciate the moniker, though I was an admiring observer, not an actual harvester of wind in my first renewable energy book. The sun, on the other hand, is a resource we've tapped on our home just outside Boston - the starting point in the solar journey that I trace in Harness the Sun.

Dechert deftly encapsulates that journey in her review, referring to the 75% contribution to our home's power needs that now comes from our solar panels, including the nightly charging of our plug-in electric vehicle - a Ford C-Max Energi. (An American car manufacturer really did it right this time.) In her words, we keep our car "perpetually loaded with a tankful of sunshine." She captures the book's progression from residential solar to the wide range of solar installations we're now seeing on retail and warehouse rooftops, the innovative solar initiatives that are emerging in numerous communities, the opportunities for developing solar on America's polluted brownfields, and the emerging interest in solar among some Native American communities.

The growing tensions surrounding solar power's ascent are also noted in Dechert's review, including the threat to the standard utility model that relies on generating and selling kilowatt-hours rather than offering a broader array of energy services. "Harness the Sun calms shatters the power industry's status quo," she writes. For more of her review, read here.