The world is on a deadline to 2050, when renewable sources, predominantly the sun, must generate at least a third of global electricity. The United States lags in solar R&D, and trade barriers threaten robust deployment. Clean energy expert Varun Sivaram reveals a vision of what it will take to shape solar into the necessarily robust global industry the world will require by mid-century. His approach encompassing economic, political, scientific, technological and practical angles can become repetitive and the book’s organization is somewhat awkward, but Sivaram rewards readers with a fresh, comprehensive overview of this surprisingly complex sector. Environmentalists, clean energy investors, policy makers and those who want a glimpse of a positive energy future will gain a new understanding of the issues and consequences facing the solar industry and its governmental and financial players.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to understand and address the obstacles to building more solar-powered energy infrastructure quickly enough to meet mid-21st century goals;
- How changes in financial incentives will spur investment; and
- Why investment in next-generation solar matters.
About the Author
Varun Sivaram, PhD, is the Chief Technology Officer of ReNew Power Ventures, India’s largest renewable energy firm. He directed the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. An expert on clean energy technology, climate change and sustainable urbanization, he also wrote Digital Decarbonization.