-- Solar power is starting to make a resurgence in the energy market. This book should benefit from the Department of Energy's recently enacted "Million Solar Roofs" campaign aimed at increasing America's use of solar power. -- Competitive books are written by authors with either solar system engineering backgrounds or without any real credentials ...
-- Solar power is starting to make a resurgence in the energy market. This book should benefit from the Department of Energy's recently enacted "Million Solar Roofs" campaign aimed at increasing America's use of solar power. -- Competitive books are written by authors with either solar system engineering backgrounds or without any real credentials at all. Dan Ramsey is a knowledgeable and recognizable book-writing veteran within the home-improvement category. -- This book is the first aimed at the average homeowner who is interested in affordable and independent power generation and wants to determine whether solar power is the way to go and what's involved, but who is not interested in (or capable of) doing the actual installation. Demand for solar power has grown consistently by 20 to 25% per annum over the past 20 years. In the past few years this rate has actually climbed to 40%. Why? Advances in solar cells, lower costs of using solar power, unpredictable utility rates, consumer frustration with the lack of utility choices, and environmental issues have all converged to create a renewed interest in and rising demand for solar power. Over 25 states, and many more municipalities, are now offering tax and utility credits to those who use solar energy. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Solar Power for Your Home will show average readers how to generate their own electricity with solar panels. The book will cover everything short of how to physically install solar panels -- something that should be left to the experts.
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If you're looking for some breezy, general Information about solar energy this might be helpful. I was looking for more hands-on information, i.e., what kind of hardware do I need to install a system at my house and office, how is the wiring done between panels, how is it tied into my city's power grid, etc. I'm still looking for such a manual.
Jun 4, 2009
Totally serious yet lite to read. It really helps set about planning your solar/wind experience. Tons of tips and "side advice"
A true Keeper !
Jan 22, 2009
Complete Idiots Guide : Solar Power for Your Home
A good general review of solar power electricity generation for residential use. However, it didn't provide the specifics I was looking for such as: designing a system, building solar panels, and wiring schematics.
Apr 14, 2008
Very Practical Without Preaching
This book is a very practical hands-on guide to learning about, buying, and installing solar power systems that thankfully omits most of the typical preaching of the environmental movement. There is additional information about wind and geothermal power as well, though the main focus is on solar. The chapters are arranged so that you can read any one you wish first without having to read the book straight from page one. The information is easy to understand, though a few concepts may take a little re-reading if one is not knowledgeable about how electricity works. The chapters are varied including some good practical advice on how to maximize your home's energy efficiency, using whatever budget you have. Just reading this chapter alone will make purchasing this book well worth it.
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