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Recommended Books on Renewable Energy: Solar

Got Sun? Get SolarGot Sun? Go Solar: Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied Home
Rex A. Ewing

This is a nontechnical reference and guide for homeowners thinking about pulling the plug on their utility connections. The book contains appendices to help the reader decide whether photovoltaic panel installation makes sense geographically and financially and which states offer rebates or incentives. A helpful resource. 2005, PixyJack Press

Photovoltaic Design and Installation for DummiesPhotovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies
Ryan Mayfield

Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies gives you a comprehensive overview of the history, physics, design, installation, and operation of home-scale solar-panel systems. You'll also get an introduction to the foundational mathematic and electrical concepts you need to understand and work with photovoltaic systems. The book covers all aspects of home-scale solar-power systems and is a valuable resource for professionals, students, and technical laymen. 2010, For Dummies

Photovoltaics Design and Installation ManualPhotovoltaics Design and Installation Manual: Renewable Energy Education for a Sustainable Future
Solar Energy International

Now the critical information to successfully design, install and maintain photovoltaic (PV) systems is available. This book contains an overview of PV electricity and a detailed description of PV system components, including PV modules, batteries, controllers and inverters. It includes chapters on sizing photovoltaic systems, analyzing sites and installing PV systems, as well as detailed appendices on PV system maintenance. 2004, New Society Publishers

The Solar EconomyThe Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future
Hermann Scheer

Scheer maintains that a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, centered on solar energy, is humanity's #1 priority. He masterfully critiques the fossil fuel status quo and outlines what needs to be done in this powerful, technically-based, yet compelling manifesto for change. He points out that solar and other renewable energies are more expensive than fossil fuels only because fossil fuels are subsidized and environmental costs are not considered. He points out that solar energy is available virtually everywhere on earth, no long supply chain needed. A powerful argument for clean, renewable, sustainable solar energy. 2004, Earthscan Publications

Solar Electricity BasicsSolar Electricity Basics: A Green Energy Guide
Dan Chiras

Solar Electricity Basics provides a clear understanding of electricity and energy. It discusses the types of solar electric system you can choose from, their components, solar site assessment, the installation of photovoltaic systems, and much more. Whether your goal is to lower your energy bill or to achieve complete energy independence, Solar Electricity Basics is the introduction you need. 2010, New Society Publishers

Solar Electricity HandbookSolar Electricity Handbook - 2011 Edition
Michael Boxwell

Significantly updated for 2011, the latest edition assumes no previous knowledge of solar electric systems. The book explains how solar panels work and how they can be used. It explains the advantages of solar energy and the drawbacks that you need to take into account when designing a solar power system. As well as explaining the underlying principles, it provides a step-by-step guide so that you can successfully design and install a photovoltaic solar system from scratch. 2011, Greenstream Publishing

Solar Energy - Saved by the Sun (DVD)Solar Energy - Saved by the Sun (DVD)

In the face of steeply rising oil prices and political turmoil in the Middle East, there is new urgency in finding a solution to our uncertain energy future. Breakthroughs in new materials and ingenious designs for solar collectors are transforming the technology into a vastly cheaper, more efficient alternative. NOVA presents the latest thinking from solar enthusiasts and skeptics as it investigates cutting-edge research developments. The film introduces viewers to the scientists and businesspeople who are racing to make solar power practical—for lighting, heating, and running power plants. 2007, WGBH Boston

A Solar Manifesto
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A Solar Manifesto
Hermann Scheer

In this aptly titled book, Scheer attacks the lack of political will to find answers outside of the conventional frame of reference. Climate change, pollution, deforestation, destruction of the ozone layer, poverty, and the population explosion are all problems created or exacerbated by the use of conventional energy. Scheer shows that this crisis may yet be reversed but that this can only happen through a fundamental change in political and economic strategies, paving the way gowards a global solar energy economy sustained by new social principles. 2005, Earthscan Publications

Solar Power Your Home for Dummies
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Solar Power Your Home For Dummies
Rik DeGunther

Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you! This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. Includes expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scale solar-power systems for the home. 2010, For Dummies

Solar RevolutionSolar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry
Travis Bradford

In Solar Revolution, fund manager and former corporate buyout specialist Travis Bradford argues - on the basis of standard business and economic forecasting models - that over the next two decades solar energy will increasingly become the best and cheapest choice for most electricity and energy applications. This book outlines the path by which the transition to solar technology and sustainable energy practices will occur. 2006, The MIT Press

Who Owns the Sun?Who Owns the Sun?: People, Politics, and the Struggle for a Solar Economy
Daniel M. Berman and John T. O'Connor

Environmental activists Berman and O'Connor offer a scathing critique of politicians, utility companies and even many mainstream environmental groups who have failed to show leadership or have been openly hostile to solar possibilities. The authors argue convincingly that the impediment to widespread adoption of environmentally friendly energy sources is no longer technological but rather the fear that private utility companies' profit margins will suffer. 1997, Chelsea Green Publishing

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