Season 34, Episode 15 Saved by the Sun

First Aired: April 24, 2007

The promise of solar energy is examined. Included: the world's largest solar-thermal plant, at Kramer Junction in the Mojave Desert; solar-powered homes; and comments from Sarah Kurtz, who helped design the solar cell that's powering the Mars rovers; Caltech chemistry professor Nathan Lewis, who is working on a “solar paint” to turn homes into solar cells; and Rocky Mountain Institute cofounder Amory Lovins, who'd like the U.S. to transition from fossil fuels by 2040.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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