Got Sun? Go Solar:
Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied Home
By Rex A. Ewing And Doug Pratt
Are you connected to the grid, but want to reduce or even eliminate
your electric bills with free energy from the sun and wind? From the
sun-soaked Southwest to windy North Dakota to the hurricane-prone Southeast,
homeowners are discovering renewable energy. Now with rebates and incentives
from most states, installing a solar or wind system is an
economically-attractive and environmentally-responsible option. Do it for
your checkbook, or for independence from blackouts. Or do it just because
you want to help the environment. You’ll be glad you did.
* Why invest in renewable energy for your home?
* Is it legal and safe?
* How solar electricity works
* Batteries or not?
* Sizing your system
* Got Wind?
* What does it cost?
* Any financial help out there?
* Permits & Paperwork
* The Nuts & Bolts: what to look for, what to avoid
* Who does the installation?
* Appendix: manufacturers, web resources, state energy offices, sizing
SEI PV Design Manual
Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual, written by SEI, a
world-class solar energy training and education provider since 1991, has
made available the critical information to successfully design, install and
maintain PV systems.
The book contains an overview of photovoltaic electricity, and
detailed descriptions of PV system components. It includes chapters on
sizing photovoltaic systems, analyzing sites and installing PV systems, as
well as detailed appendices on PV system maintenance, troubleshooting, and
worldwide solar insolation data. This textbook is meant as a user-friendly,
how-to-guide for anyone interested in installing PV on their home or as a
business. Carol Weis, an SEI PV Instructor, believes this book is a
"must-have textbook, to be required in any renewable energy (high school to
university level) course."
Solar Energy International is a non-profit organization whose mission
is to help people incorporate renewable energy into their lives. Based
in Carbondale, Colorado, and active around the world, SEI provides
information, education and hands-on training to people who want to shape a
sustainable future. "SEI offers the most comprehensive, intensive and
practical PV training available in the country," comments Richard Perez, the
Publisher of Home Power magazine.
Solar Water Heating
A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems
After giving a history of solar water heating in the US, the book describes
that use the sun to heat and store water. Climate, freeze conditions, water
amount of sunlight available are some of the factors considered in choosing
a system, and
the book describes them all. Individual components are detailed in a
way. It’s obvious the authors have extensive practical knowledge. The
is informal and easy to read. Besides all the solar water heating
information, this book
also has a good section on radiant floor heating, detailing the use of PEX
tubing to heat
a concrete slab.
For anyone planning a residential sized solar water heating system, this is
the best book
available. It’s an excellent guide, whether you decide to choose the
yourself, buy a package, or hire a contractor to install a turnkey system.