Solar power was once the domain of futurists and hippies. In Harness the Sun, Philip Warburg explores how solar power has reached its current mainstream status. Beginning with his solar-powered home in New England, he introduces readers to the pioneers who are spearheading our move toward a clean energy economy: CEOs who are promoting solar power to prominence; construction workers who install panels; engineers who are building giant utility-scale projects; and the biologists who make sure wildlife is protected at those sites.
Warburg shows how solar energy has won support across the political spectrum. Yet solar energy has its downsides and detractors too, those who worry about the impact on wildlife, on open spaces and farmland.
Philip Warburg is the author of "Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability." He was president of the Conservation Law Foundation from 2003 to 2009. He ran the Israel Union for Environmental Defense in Tel Aviv and was an attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.