Five years ago, a new wave of startups promised a manufacturing renaissance driven by American solar. Today, after the collapse of dozens of those companies, many are skeptical that the U.S. can ever lead in solar production.

But can America rise once again? Our guest this week, Siva Power CEO Brad Mattson, believes it can.

Mattson is out with a new book, The Solar Phoenix: How America Can Rise From the Ashes of Solyndra to World Leadership in Solar 2.0. We’ll talk with him about the VC bubble, the struggles of solar manufacturers and Siva’s plans to expand in the U.S.

Later in the show, we’ll discuss a few things we picked up at the Solar Power International conference. And we’ll finish up with a look at the abysmal political climate for renewables in Australia.

You can check out our live podcast on November 18 in San Francisco at ACEEE’s Intelligent Efficiency conference.

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