Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity First Edition Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0865716216
ISBN-10: 0865716218
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$13.99 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$22.47 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
30 New from $11.50 29 Used from $2.67
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$22.47 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity
  • +
  • The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass, and Hydropower
  • +
  • Solar Electricity Handbook - 2015 Edition: A simple, practical guide to solar energy - designing and installing solar PV systems.
Total price: $60.56
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

Easy-to-understand, accurate and comprehensive, this is THE guide for anyone interested in installing a solar electric system.

Power From the Sun provides a basic understanding of electricity, solar energy and the sun, and solar site assessment. It discusses the types of PVs and PV systems, advances in PVs, charge controllers, inverters, batteries, and generators, as well as the installation and maintenance of a PV system.

This book is written for the layperson, and is designed to raise the solar electricity literacy of readers. It provides a great overview of the many options available and is designed to help homeowners make wise decisions during the design, purchase and installation of solar electric systems-and save a lot of money.

Providing readers with the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively with PV installers, Power From the Sun is a great guide for homeowners, business owners, installers, architects, building department officials, utility company employees, and just about anyone else who wants to lower their energy bills or achieve greater energy independence.

About the Author

Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over 24 books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. He is a certified wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. Dan lives in a passive solar home in Evergreen, Colorado.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

China
Engineering & Transportation Books
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716216
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book for anyone novice to expert. I am a retired multi-skilled technician with an extensive background in electronics and electrical fields. I found this book very informative for anyone interested in finding out more on solar panels and/or practicle installations. One can choose to get in great depth or just fundamentals. It is a great book.
Comment 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book seems quite in depth of a primer for understanding solar power systems, but I got the impression (several references to 'installation' in the description) that there would be information on installation. It wasn't only until the very last few pages that it touched on installation and it was a list of questions to ask an installer. Truly sustainable home building should be accessible to DIYers, not just professionals (otherwise, it lacks a certain sense of sustainability in that people are unable to be self-reliant). I'll have to look elsewhere.
1 Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My favorite part about this book is that it is well organized and easy to read. The author doesn't spend any time trying to spin you around on jargon and really writes as a good teacher about just about every aspect of a solar power system. So far, it is the best book that I have found for getting started on understanding solar, and would certainly recommend it to anyone who has no idea where to start on solar, and even those who may, but are looking for another perspective or more detailed information.

My only disappointment was the lack of complete system designs. The concepts are all there, but there aren't many examples of components that the author may have chosen and used. While this would certainly date the book and reduce it's relevance over time due to changes in technology, it would have made it a nearly complete guide to designing a solar power system. I had hoped that it would include more talk about specs of current components, to give a better idea of what kinds of specs one might look for and pair with, when designing a system of various sizes. While this may be unrealistic, I bet there are readers out there who might enter this book with a similar expectation.

Overall, this book provided a great jump start into solar power. I would recommend it to anyone who thinks they may be interested in solar (whether DIY or professional installers), because it lays out the entire framework for a basic understanding of the components of a solar power system, without getting deeply into the jargon. If you're looking for jargon, you may find that it will take some additional research. So far, this is the best resource I have found.
3 Comments 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book and breaks down the concepts and math of solar power into digestable bites.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I was looking to educate myself about solar water heating. This book does not address hot water heating head-on. Instead, this book focus exclusively on generating electricity. However, I still enjoyed reading the book and because the two topics are so closely related, I was able to learn a great deal and this book really did help me pick a contractor to install a solar hot water system in my home. The book is readable, authoritative, comprehensive where solar PV systems are concerned, and quite helpful. And what a great topic. Hopefully more folks will do as I'm doing and actually save money and help reduce carbon emmissions at the same time.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Power from the Sun: Achieving Energy Independence offers a fine guide to solar energy and is written for the layperson wishing to install a solar electric system. Homeowners and business owners will appreciate an easy guide to all the solar energy options, from solar site assessment to inverters, batteries, and more. A top pick for any collection catering to homeowners interested in alternative energy sources.
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great book to get you started on solar power. Starts with the basics and takes you through the installation of the three types of systems. Very good information that is real world and very up to date.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As solar PV continues to come down in price everyone should consider installation of solar for both home and business.

Well written for the novice, and good review of solar PV in general for those "in the know".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity