The Solar Century

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Publication date: 25 June

Press contacts

Ruth Killick, Profile Books 90207 841 6307 /
ruth.killick@profilebooks.co.uk
)
or Charlotte Webster 020
7

803 0148
/ 07990 583307
(charlotte.Webster@solarcentury.
com)


Launch event:
13
July, Portcullis House

‘[
Leggett has]
done more to change attitudes towards the (solar) resource
than almost any other individual
’ Financial Times

The future’s bright; the future’s solar

The Solar Century


e
dited by Jeremy Leggett


Clean, silent, renewable and climate
-
friendly solar power is the holy grail
of energy. And there’s no shortage of
daylight

out there: enough falls on the
surface of the planet each day to power human society many thousands of
times over.


Yet there are st
ill many myths about solar


especially the
ideas that it’s
prohibitively expensive, impractical for countries with cloudy skies, and will
always require

fossil
-
fuel stations on standby.


In the first definitive book on the subject, Jeremy Leggett (founder

and
Executive Chairman
of the UK’s leading solar company, Solar
c
entury*)
debunks these myths. More importantly, he shows how solar energy can be

the backbone of a renaissance in which,
after the current credit crunch and
the impending energy crunch, the
world economy will be run on renewable
energy, and the worst effects of global warming staved off as a
consequence.


The Solar Century


The past, present and future of world changing
energy
, published on 25 June 09,

showcases solar applications from the
household scale through to great public architecture;
from
giant solar power
stations planned for the world’s deserts, to the most up
-
to
-
the
-
minute
technologies such as panels thin enoug
h to be delivered ‘by the roll’, to the
potential of solar as a force
for good in developing countries.


Above all, the book provides

a

positive
set of
vision
s

which extend well
beyond the provision
of electricity, heat, and water for anyone with a
curiosity about solar power and an interest in our planet’s future.


Nine

Vi
sions of a solar revolution and
their
progress
.

Vision 1: Carbon armies rebuilding economies after the great financial
crisis


We’re already seeing progress
-

Deutsche Bank has produced a report
calling for the creation of up to 25 million ‘green’ jobs
, m
any in solar
energy.


Vision
2
: Transforming buildings, old and new, into solar power plants

This isn’t a pipe dream.
The UK’s

first solar street is in Yorkshire, where
the South Yorkshire Housing
A
ssociation has installed
solar photovoltaic

and
s
olar
t
h
ermal roof tiles on each of
its
23 new, affordable homes (the tiles
look exactly like
traditional

roof tiles
).


Vision 3: Glittering fields of steel and silicon generating power for cities
far away

Already near Seville the 11 megawatt PS10 plan, a power to
wer project,
has been active for two years now; the PS20 power tower will contain more
than a thousand mirrors, each half the size of a tennis court, will focus the
sun’s rays on the tower, generating enough electricity to power 11,000
homes.


Vision 4: So
lar photovoltaics at grid parity [ie as cheap as conventional
energy] everywhere, years earlier than most expected

In some markets such as California grid parity for crystalline solar PV is
nearing and has already arrived for thin film solar PV; in the UK
it could be
reached as early as 2013.


Vision 5: Smart grids for
e
nergy storage and electric vehicles

Later this year Japanese drivers will be the first in the world to be offered
plug
-
in cars by the major car makers


in 2009 by Mitsubishi Motors and
Suba
ru and 2010 by Toyota and Renault
-
Nissan


with charging and battery
-
swap facilities in public places such as supermarkets.


Vision 6: Solar farms side by side with food farms on arid coastal plains

Abu Dhabi is
building its
first solar city, Masdar, desig
ned by Foster and
Partners, which will house 50,000 living in a car free zero waste
environment with solar powered cooling and water desalinization; this
being the case
,

it’s easy to imagine solar
-
powered desalinisation


with the
water being alloc
ated to
civil projects like food

cultivation


throughout
the Gulf coast
.


Vision 7: The rural poor reading at night

Ethiopia now has its first solar
-
powered village: Rema, with 1,100 homes
‘shining in the dark evenings like white beads on a string’ as one British

newspaper put it, set up with help from investment firm Good Energies.


Vision 8: Solar mobilising a new class of responsible investors

A survey by the Euro Social Investment Forum records more than 500 billion
Euros of rich people’s money in social inves
tment in 2007 and forecasts a
doubling to more than a trillion by 2012;
they’re a new

generation of
entrepreneurs increasingly interested in sustainable investments.


Vision 9: More ambitious U
N development goals


made possible by solar.


China is alread
y leading the world in solar hot water heaters


with over 40
million


and pioneering projects such as Rizhao (which means City of
Sunshine in Chinese) in which 99% of households in the central districts
using solar water heaters (it’s also among China’s
top ten cities for air
quality).


Jeremy Leggett

is one of the world’s foremost experts on renewable power,
energy policy and clim
ate change


he’s also ‘the UK’s most respected green
energy boss.

Formerly

an oil geologist
he became
an environmental
campai
gner for Greenpeace
, before founding Solarcentury, the UK’s leading
solar company in 1997 and SolarAid, for the developing world, in 2005. He is
a founding director of the world’s first private equity fund for renewable
energy
and author of
The Carbon War

and
Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and
the Global Energy Crisis

(titled
Empty Tank
in the US).


*
Voted

a

'Best company to work for' by The Sunday Times


The
Solar Century will be published
by Profile books
on 25 June 2009

£15, ISBN
9781846688737

p
aperback.


Launch:
13

July, Portcullis House


For more information please contact Ruth Killick, Profile Books 90207 841
6307 /
ruth.killick@profilebooks.co.uk
) or Charlotte Webster T +44 (0)20
7803 0148 / +
44 (0)7990 583307 (Charlotte.Webster@solarcentury.com)