John Perlin has written four highly acclaimed books on solar energy and forestry: A Golden Thread: 2,500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology; A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization; From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity; and Let It Shine: The 6,000 Year Story of Solar Energy.
When Switzerland Ruled the World of Household-Size Solar
In our final excerpt from his new book on the history of solar power, Let It Shine, author John Perlin describes a key moment in the debate over big, centralized solar sites and smaller, distributed rooftop panels.
How Ronald Reagan Turned Out the Lights on Solar Power
In an excerpt from his new book Let It Shine, John Perlin reveals how one of the first actions of the new Reagan administration was to dim the lights on what had been a promising start for an American solar energy program. Solar in the U.S. has yet to fully recover.
Solar Has Been in Our Energy Portfolio for 6 Millennia
In an excerpt from John Perlin’s new book, Let It Shine: The 6,000 Year Story of Solar Energy, the solar guru explains how making use of the sun's energy is anything but a new technology.
A Physicist Recalls His Life in Kiev During Chernobyl
Valery N. Bliznyuk was a young physicist in Kiev 25 years ago during the Chernobyl disaster. His recollections of the slow spread of accurate information about what was really happening suggest parallels with the current nuclear crisis in Japan.
Q&A with Sariciftci — Inventor of Plastic Solar Cells
Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, inventor of the plastic solar cell, reviews the past, present and bright future of his invention with Miller-McCune's solar guru, John Perlin.
Cyprus Peak Wood Experience Knock Props From Beneath Culture
The Mycenaean world was built on a solid base of bronze, but that edifice was found to have wooden feet.
The Largest Solar Water Heater Plant is in ... Denmark?
A windswept Danish island shows that solar power needn't be the sole province of sunnier climes.
Opening Northern Sea Lanes May Melt Arctic Ice Faster
Sailing from the Atlantic to the Orient across the roof of the world has been the dream of Arctic explorers and world traders for centuries. It saves fuel, too, so what's not to like? Well ...
Hot Idea Wins Innovation Award after Two Centuries
A greenhouse-on-the-go first described centuries ago may help fight climate change while improving Third World health.