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"Prescient and readable,"


"The best available overview of where the solar industry finds itself today, and a road map for how it can reach a brighter future," 

-Financial Times

"Enlightening and candid,"

-Foreign Affairs

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Photo Credit: Molly Seamans


​Dr. Varun Sivaram is a physicist, bestselling author, and clean energy technology expert with experience spanning the corporate, policy, and academic sectors. He serves in the Biden-Harris administration as senior advisor to U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and the senior director for clean energy, innovation, and competitiveness. He has previously served as Chief Technology Officer of ReNew Power Limited, a multi-billion dollar renewable-energy firm that is India's largest; on the faculty of Columbia University and Georgetown University; as director of the energy program at the Council on Foreign Relations; and as senior energy advisor to the Los Angeles Mayor and New York Governor. TIME Magazine named him to its TIME 100 Next list of the next hundred most influential people in the world, and MIT Technology Review named him one of the top 35 innovators under 35. His books include Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet, Energizing America: A Roadmap to Launch a National Energy Innovation Mission, and Digital Decarbonization: Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy Systems. A Rhodes and Truman Scholar, he holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Oxford University and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University


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