Today, solar’s dominance feels inevitable in many markets. But in 1979, when Neville Williams started promoting the industry at the Department of Energy, it felt like a far-off dream.

That didn’t stop the early pioneers from thinking big and pushing the government to invest in the early technology -- helping push solar costs from $55 per watt in the 1970s to 50 cents per watt today.

In this podcast, we’ll talk with Neville Williams about his new book, Sun Power, which features stories from the last four decades in the solar industry. Williams was the founder of off-grid solar companies SELF and SELCO, and also founded the Maryland solar company Standard Solar.

In the second half of the show, we’ll talk about big news in Georgia, Tennessee and Connecticut. We’ll also discuss an example of shareholder activism that turned SunEdison around.

This podcast is sponsored by eGauge Systems, a manufacturer of next-generation energy meters for solar generation and building demand, submetering, performance contracts, LEED projects and net zero buildings.

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