Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry

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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.

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5 Responses to Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry

  1. R. C. O'Brien August 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Great book. I have taken a renewed interest in solar power the past few years and everything this fellow wrote about only a few years ago is coming to fruition. As the utility companies come to see having residential solar installations not as competition, but rather as a way to ease stress on the grid during peak usage periods (when the sun is the brightest), meaning less brownouts, and less need for new substations, you’ll see the rate of change accelerate. And need I say anything about the obvious fact that the Obama Administration is going to kick the renewable energy field and solar into a new gear?
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Jose Acosta Jaime August 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    Muy buen libro. Recomiendo su lectura ya que será la energía del futuro. Saludos

    José
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. James C. Mitchell August 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    A very interesting, informative and well researched book. The author provides a good overview of the energy industry including its history and the possibilities that lie in the future. Solar energy is obviously the focus, concentrating on photovoltaics, which the author convincingly argues will be instrumental in transforming the energy industry. In addition to summarizing well the many known issues and arguments concerning the future of energy, the book contains some interesting new analysis.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. citizen of earth August 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    A sometimes dull accounting of current and projected future energy needs and likely supplies accompanied by the argument that solar will be inevitable but slow in arriving. I think that neither the supply/demand accounting nor the solar inevitability timetable arguements are thorough analyses, but the conclusions are probably not too far off.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. Johnny Cheng August 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    I think what sets this book apart from other literature about solar energy (or renewables in general) is that it seems the author has managed to separate emotion, political bias, environmental guilt-trips, and ulterior motives from the argument he’s trying to establish – that solar energy dominance is inevitable. And no wonder – the author is said to have been a fund manager and corporate buyout specialist, which require discipline from one’s own emotions to be successful. He manages to do this strictly on the principle of economics and self-interest, which if you think about it, are the primary drivers for market acceptance and policies.

    The book is very insightful, especially about the history of civilization and how energy figures into the picture (e.g. environmental problems forcing the Roman Empire to expand, Germany and Japan forced to make moves based on the lack of oil [I always wondered why Hitler chose to go for Russia when he nearly had Western Europe taken over and why Japan bombed Pearl Harbor when the US was mostly on the sidelines], etc.).

    I felt the author never strayed from the principle of economics and self-interest to establish his arguments throughout his book. Moreover, Bradford was very meticulous in providing references for the inquisitive reader to follow up on where there may be some doubt about where certain claims came from or who said what. I’m sure such details would’ve detracted from the main arguments of the book had they been explicitly integrated, which is why I suspect he had put in all those annotations in the first place.

    Indeed, all things considered, it’s no wonder why I found Bradford’s case for solar very convincing (and personally reassuring somewhat for our future).

    As for criticisms, I’m sure this book may have some flaws regarding certain assumptions that were made (though the author seemed to have done his best in being worst-case for solar by being very conservative with solar numbers while being very optimistic for status quo energy), but such is the nature of predictions. Besides, if all the information was readily available to make a bullet-proof argument for solar, it would’ve already been done. But we all know that there are political forces (mainly from Republicans) wanting to keep the status quo to protect their wealth, and they’re stopping at nothing to ensure that’s the case from misinformation, delays, or even going to war!

    I’ve read some of the critical reviews, and I question whether they’re written by fossil-fuel apologists or Republican sympathizers who want us to remain dependent on some monopolizable form of energy (if not fossil fuels, then maybe nuclear, or some other centralized contrivance; all of which Bradford debunked, by the way).

    But seriously, read the book and see for yourself. And if you’re real skeptical, follow up on his references and annotations of which there are plenty!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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