Former deputy editor, Wired; current editorial director Godfrey Dadich Partners
What Bill has done is really extraordinary. He has taken a topic that could be dry and riddled with jargon, and he has brought it to life in a book that is as informative and readable as it is enlightening and inspiring. In making his case that local-scale solar and batteries can literally change the world, Bill takes the reader from Puerto Rico to Tennessee; from a modern-day meeting in Rwanda featuring an energy minister frustrated that the price of solar is falling too fast to a 19th century materials innovation that enabled the Wright brothers’ first flight.
Every chapter is equal parts scene, character, technical explanation, and big-picture thinking about how the plummeting cost of solar technology, and the breakneck innovation in battery storage capacity, has the potential to lift millions of people out of poverty, disrupt the dirty, inefficient legacy grid systems, and power an entire new industry.
The writing is fresh and approachable, from smile-provoking phrases like “Batteries are like bacon. They make everything better,” to pithy insights (“Solar is a technology, not a fuel.”) Also, prepare to clench your fists and grit your teeth when you read about how legacy energy interests resist these technological and systemic changes. The book is for potential investors, entrepreneurs, students and rising engineers, regulators … and you, a concerned citizen eager to see how actual attainable technology can help the world reach an actual attainable goal.