In our final excerpt from his new book on the history of solar power, Let It Shine, author John Perlin describes a key moment in the debate over big, centralized solar sites and smaller, distributed rooftop panels.
October 23, 2013 • 12:00 PM • Share
In an excerpt from his new book Let It Shine, John Perlin reveals how one of the first actions of the new Reagan administration was to dim the lights on what had been a promising start for an American solar energy program. Solar in the U.S. has yet to fully recover.
September 25, 2013 • 12:00 PM • Share
In an excerpt from John Perlin’s new book, Let It Shine: The 6,000 Year Story of Solar Energy, the solar guru explains how making use of the sun’s energy is anything but a new technology.
September 17, 2013 • 8:00 AM • Share
Valery N. Bliznyuk was a young physicist in Kiev 25 years ago during the Chernobyl disaster. His recollections of the slow spread of accurate information about what was really happening suggest parallels with the current nuclear crisis in Japan.
March 19, 2011 • 5:00 AM • Share
Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, inventor of the plastic solar cell, reviews the past, present and bright future of his invention with Miller-McCune’s solar guru, John Perlin.
January 28, 2011 • 5:00 AM • Share
A windswept Danish island shows that solar power needn’t be the sole province of sunnier climes.
August 21, 2009 • 7:40 PM • Share
A greenhouse-on-the-go first described centuries ago may help fight climate change while improving Third World health.
April 16, 2009 • 12:26 AM • Share
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