The book is not gloomy. It lays out the history, promise, and pitfalls of solar technology with an easy-going lack of wonkishness. But it offers a sobering message that may be as prescient—and as readable—as Robert Shiller’s Irrational Exuberance was before the dotcom and housing crises of the 2000s—The Economist—
The book is both the best available overview of where the industry finds itself today, and a road map for how it can reach that brighter future….
The first important policy book of 2018.
Foreign Affairs Best of Books 2018. Sivaram’s enlightening and candid book describes both the enormous progress that has already been made in exploiting solar energy and the major obstacles to further progress.
Sivaram includes a raft of case studies, from current research on the photovoltaic materials called perovskites to Off Grid Electric, a start-up aiming to electrify swathes of Africa by 2019.
Taming the Sun is an even-handed untangling of a situation that can appear a mess of contradictions
—Engineering and Technology Magazine