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Varun Sivaram on How Solar Energy Can Rise to Dominance

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Newberry Solar 1 in Newberry Springs east of Barstow is one of the first small-scale solar farms to be constructed in unincorporated San Bernardino County.  (Photo: Steven Cuevas/KQED)

Although it’s the world’s fastest-growing energy source, solar accounts for only about two percent of global energy consumption. But according to researcher Varun Sivaram, solar could supply as much as a third of the world’s electricity by 2050 with the right set of policy changes. Sivaram joins Forum to discuss his new book, “Taming the Sun,” in which he outlines the technological, financial and systemic innovations he thinks are needed to realize solar’s potential.


Varun Sivaram,  author,  “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet”;  fellow, Council on Foreign Relations;


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