- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Greenstream Publishing (January 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907670181
- ISBN-13: 978-1907670183
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
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Solar Electricity Handbook - 2012 Edition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems Paperback – January 30, 2012
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The 2012 edition has been extensively revised, with new chapters, new information on grid-tie systems and financial incentive schemes, new diagrams and more example projects.
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I found the information helpful in both creating a solar system for a RV and in working with three companies to get the right system for my house. Without the information I gleaned from this book I would have gotten a lot less system and though I would not have known what I was missing, the added value of the system paid for the cost of this book many hundreds of times over.
Compared to the initial proposals from the three companies the system installed will not cost any more but will provide 15-20% more power over the next 20 years. That is like getting an extra couple of years of production for free.
The book is very well written and well organized and appears to have had a good editor in the process as well. Most people will have no trouble reading it and absorbing the information the author has provided.
I enjoyed the thorough discussions on related topics, such as the tilt angle for the panels and the pros-and-cons of the different system types (grid-tied, off-grid, etc.) Although I am thoroughly impressed with the contents of the book I think it could be improved by giving examples, with brands and component ratings for specific systems, such as wiring diagrams for a 100-watt, 500 watt, and 2,000 watt stand-lone system and the same for a grid-tied system. I would like to see more too on the new micro-controller panels.
This is definitely the must-have book for anyone planning a solar power system.
by leaps & bounds to meet new demands. I heard on TV this morning (4/25/15) that the price of installling
solar in ones home has dropped by 75% since 2007. All the changing technology is bound to outdate
any publications very quickly.