Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry

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Overview

In Solar Revolution, fund manager and former corporate buyout specialist Travis
Bradford argues--on the basis of standard business and economic forecasting models--that over the next two decades solar energy will increasingly become the best and cheapest choice for most electricity and energy applications. Solar Revolution outlines the path by which the transition to solar technology and sustainable energy practices will occur.Developments in the photovoltaic (PV)
industry over the last ten years have made direct electricity generation from PV cells a cost-effective and feasible energy solution, despite the common view that PV technology appeals only to a premium niche market. Bradford shows that PV electricity today has become the choice of hundreds of thousands of mainstream homeowners and businesses in many markets worldwide, including
Japan, Germany, and the American Southwest.Solar energy will eventually be the cheapest source of energy in nearly all markets and locations because PV can bypass the aging and fragile electricity grid and deliver its power directly to the end user, fundamentally changing the underlying economics of energy. As the scale of PV production increases and costs continue to decline at historic rates,
demand for PV electricity will outpace supply of systems for years to come.Ultimately, the shift from fossil fuels to solar energy will take place not because solar energy is better for the environment or energy security, or because of future government subsidies or as yet undeveloped technology. The solar revolution is already occurring through decisions made by self-interested energy users. The shift to solar energy is inevitable and will be as transformative as the last century's revolutions in information and communication technologies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"While the book is a bit technical, even a solar-novice can learn plenty about the past and present of solar energy, and what may be in store for the future." E-The
Environmental Magazine

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262524940
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 734,016
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Travis Bradford is President and Founder of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable
Development, a nonprofit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, focused on using the power of the business and financial sectors to deploy cost-effective and sustainable technologies.
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Table of Contents

Preface : the future of energy
1 A new path on the horizon 3
2 A brief history of energy 23
3 An unsustainable status quo 45
4 The field of alternatives 67
5 Solar energy 89
6 Modern electric utility economics 115
7 The emergence of distributed economics 135
8 Solar electricity in the real world 153
9 Tools for acceleration 171
10 Facing the inevitable 185
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  • Posted February 3, 2009

    Excellent read

    The best book in the solar market to bring together market, business, technology.

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