If millions of people in the developing world can use solar power, why can't the people in North America? The question immediately arises from this fascinating account of the author's twelve year quest to bring solar power and light to people in the developing world who have no electricity. A green-energy development narrative that is fun and eye-opening, the book is also part autobiography. Filled with colourful characters, the book also features the enthusiasm of maverick devotees to the renewable energy boom of the '80s and '90s and their interplay with staid DC-based development institutions, as well as their unique perspective on global solutions to 'energy poverty'. It will be illuminating to all interested in the environment, development, renewable energy, socially responsible business, and our future at the end of the age of oil.