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This book is packed with information that is easy to understand and implement. It is very well written... -- Writer's Digest 13th Annual International Self-Publish Book Awards

About the Author

Adi Pieper is a native of Germany but has lieved and worked in this country since 1985. Since 1991 he has worked in the Solar Electrical field in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is an Electrical Contractor and the President of ADI Solar. He also teaches classes on Renewable Energy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ADI Solar (November 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967189128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967189123
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By W. Phillips on August 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased to books from Amazon...this one and "Photovoltaics: Design & Installation". In the begininning of this book the author says that you should not try installing an PV system, leave it to the professionals. It kind of contradicts the title doesn't it? Maybe he should have said that on the cover. Being a pretty good DIY person I found that this book provides very little practical information on hiow to actually install a solar system. It lacks detail in in describing materials and "How To" guideance. A much better choice is "Photovoltacs: Design & Installation". Very detailed instructions with examples. There are work problems at the end of chapters to test your understanding. An excellent book
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Mauser on September 26, 2006
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Pieper has a lot of practical knowledge but some things he writes are plain wrong. On page 17 he writes: "The frequency of the sine wave is measured as Hz per second" (should be cycles per second which is Hz). On page 18 he says: "the sine wave [is] 220 volts between two peaks" (should be 311 v; 220 is the RMS voltage). On page 23 he says: "amp hours [are] also refered to as amps per hour or amp/hours" (not true). In page 27 he writes: "At some point, the resistance gets so high that it creates heat inside the conductor" (there is always resistance and heat, the problem is the temperature rises too high). He also is convinced the minerals in petroleum jelly help conductivity on the battery terminals (pp. 123&159) and says "search current" when he means "surge current" (pp. 120&125). Whole pages are such confusing technical nonsense that it is impossible to to give a short account. He self published - he should have had a technically competent person help him with theory and a good how-to book editor help with the practical stuff. I'm sure he is a very competent electrician and there is some good practical information in the book, but it is nowhere near as advertised.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jay W. Loveless on September 20, 2005
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By title, this book claims to be a "how to" guide. The first section, however, belies this by explaining that you should leave it to professionals. Having thus disposed of the technical aspects, the author fills the remainder of the product with self-righteous, ultra-greenie, anti-capitalist claptrap, unsupported by fact or even verifiable cites. Not even well written propaganda, and most certainly not useful to anyone wishing to learn anything useful about installing a PV system.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By khorneelectric on May 23, 2006
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I found this book at the public library in my search for a good guide to solar electric systems. I found a small amount of the information useful but, most was a waste of my time. The writer does not explain ideas in a very coherent manner. He uses a great deal of book space attempting to be funny and expressing his political views. If you are interested in a good solar electric book this is not it. I am still looking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Abrahamson on August 8, 2009
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Bought this book to try to learn something about solar. Have been using it for a while and want to ramp things up a bit.

This book is VERY BASIC. It was written in 2000 or 2001, so most of the tech info is obsolete. Might be good for the coffee table or kids but thats about it for me.
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This book is basically a rant sprinkled with a few facts and several incorrect statements. It is on the suggested reading list in CT for the license exams- completely unreasonable in my opinion. I think with a little bit of effort one could extract all the useful information and reprint it on maybe 4 pages. When I want a narrative I read a novel. When I want a technical book I expect just that.
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By zephyrtwh on May 22, 2013
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If you know nothing about solar electric, like me, get this book. It's not an installation guide. But, in simple terms, it will make you more knowledgeable on the subject. I bought 2 books on solar & barely looked at the other one. It was way over my head. The author uses humor to illustrate his points.
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