Summary of The Switch

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

The Switch book summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans

Rating

9 Overall

9 Importance

9 Innovation

8 Style


Recommendation

When environmental expert and UK Green Party candidate Chris Goodall refers to “the switch,” he means a climate-saving transition into greater use of alternative energy, particularly solar. He predicts that this transition is coming, and that consumers will see rapid declines in the cost of photovoltaic solar cells and of the batteries needed to store solar energy. In a sometimes-confounding blizzard of facts, Goodall also lays out the current status of alternative renewable energy sources, such as wind and biomass. He explores the revolutionary short- and long-term storage and fuel-making technologies that cheap solar power will require – and will enable. In short, Goodall believes solar can save the planet and he’s glad to tell you why and how. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends his avid overview to systems thinkers, green-technology innovators, futurists, investors and students.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why climate expert Chris Goodall believes rapid advances in photovoltaics (PV) make “the switch” to solar energy a global inevitability, and
  • How energy storage and alternative renewable energy play complementary roles.
 

About the Author

English entrepreneur, consultant and author Chris Goodall writes about and speaks on sustainability and green energy. In 2010, he stood as a candidate for the UK Green Party. His other books include the influential, Clarion Award-winning How to Live a Low-Carbon Life.

 

Summary

The Solar Solution
In 1958, expensive solar panels provided a trickle of power to the Vanguard 1 satellite. Today, technological advances in photovoltaics (PV) are lowering the price of solar energy from $100 per watt in the 1970s to a rapidly declining 50 cents per watt...

More on this topic

By the same author

Ten Technologies to Save the Planet
Ten Technologies to Save the Planet
7
How to Live a Low-Carbon Life
How to Live a Low-Carbon Life
8

Customers who read this summary also read

The Grid
The Grid
9
The Future We’re Building – and Boring
The Future We’re Building – and Boring
8
How Solar Power Could Become a Victim of Its Own Success
How Solar Power Could Become a Victim of Its Own Success
7
Oil and Gas Companies Are Facing Major Technological Disruption
Oil and Gas Companies Are Facing Major Technological Disruption
7
Can Wind And Solar Fuel Africa's Future?
Can Wind And Solar Fuel Africa's Future?
8
Master Plan, Part Deux
Master Plan, Part Deux
9

Related Channels

Comment on this summary

  • Avatar
  • Avatar
    Geert Marcel G. Barbier 1 year ago
    Not exactly earth shattering. Most of this is already common (?) knowledge. Author does however forget the political powers who may have an interest in traditional energy forms that they can easily tax and exploit for the benefit of a minority of rich.