Solar Electricity Handbook: 2017 Edition: A simple, practical guide to solar energy: designing and installing solar photovoltaic systems
Solar Energy is a wonderful concept. Take free energy from the sun and use it to power electrical equipment. No ongoing electricity bills, no reliance on an electricity socket. ‘Free’ electricity that does not harm the planet.Of course, the reality is more complicated than that, yet generating electricity from sunlight alone is a powerful resource, with applications and benefits throughout the world. But how does it work? What is it suitable for? How much does it cost? How do I install it? This best-selling, internet linked book answers all these questions and shows you how to use the power of the sun to generate electricity yourself.Now in its eleventh edition, this book assumes no previous knowledge. It explains the advantages of solar energy and the drawbacks you need to take into account. As well as explaining the underlying principles, it provides a step-by-step guide so that you can successfully design and install a solar energy system from scratch.The website that accompanies this book includes online solar calculators and tools to simplify your solar installation, ensuring that building your system is as straightforward and successful as possible. Readers can also get in touch directly with the author to ask questions and get further support with their solar projects.
Published by: Greenstream Publishing | Publication date: 01/23/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Off Grid Solar is a pocket guide and quick reference for anyone looking to build an electrical energy system with the free sunshine available to us all.“The limitations to widespread solar are not centered on the cost, the efficiency, or the need for advancements in technology. The limitations are solely due to the lack of widespread knowledge on the subject.”With that philosophy at heart, solar and battery expert Joseph P. O’Connor draws from his years of experience to craft a how-to guide needed by everyone around the world. Founder of OCON Energy Consulting, O’Connor has conducted and taught the installation/maintenance of Off Grid solar projects to people and communities as far away as the central African rainforest and right in his own backyard of Oakland, California. For anyone interested in harvesting their own solar energy completely detached from the grid, this is the book for you.Thanks to straightforward explanations for readers of all levels, this book establishes a familiarity with the basic low cost components alongside the most innovative technologies. With this knowledge the reader can make better decisions based on their technology needs, rather than simply trusting the recommendations from others.Need to keep costs down? How many solar panels are needed to refill the batteries? What is the best way to angle your solar panels? On projects both big and small, Joe’s got you covered.
Publication date: 12/06/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 177 pages
This book is designed to address the concerns of those whose only desire is to build a simple, small-scale solar energy system but don't know where to start (or end!). We've been living off the grid for well over ten years now and the most common inquiry we get is from people who want to set up a small solar energy system to power a cabin or camper, or to keep a refrigerator and a few lights on if the grid goes down. Some have already tried and ended up with woefully inadequate systems lacking the power and balance needed for off-grid life. But there's more to off-grid living than watts, volts and amps. It's important to understand how a solar power system works and how to size it properly for the job you want it to do.In this book I've condensed all the information you need to design your own simple, off-grid, solar power system. I'm not going to teach how to build your own solar panels but I'll tell you how purchase factory components to build the system that fits your needs the best and hopefully save you a lot of frustration and cash while putting it together.We'll see how to understand watts, volts, amps, and ohms and how they apply to deciding how many solar panels you need, the watt ratings you'll have to have for your inverter and charge controller and even how many batteries you'll need for your battery bank.You'll learn about resistance, and how it affects your solar power system. I will explain with diagrams and text the differences between sine wave, modified sine wave and pure sine wave inverters and how that applies to you. I'll explain charge controllers and the reasons for and against PWM vs. MPPT vs. single-stage vs. multiple-stage controllers and which is best for you.I'll tell you a little secret about "efficient" vs. "less efficient" solar panels that will keep you from wasting money on something that's a relatively minor issue.Even if you don't want a "whole house" system you'll learn how to put together balanced small-scale power systems at whatever size you can afford.We'll also look at solar power "kits" and I'll show you how to put together your own that outperform commercially available kits and get more power for less money.My goal here is to simplify that which has been made complicated. I want you to be able to pursue your dream of independence from the grid without spending enough money to break the bank. It can be done, and for less than you may imagine!
Publication date: 09/20/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 91 pages
The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.As oil insecurity deepens, the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise, and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled by oil, natural gas, and coal is being replaced with one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy.The Great Transition details the accelerating pace of this global energy revolution. As many countries become less enamored with coal and nuclear power, they are embracing an array of clean, renewable energies. Whereas solar energy projects were once small-scale, largely designed for residential use, energy investors are now building utility-scale solar projects. Strides are being made: some of the huge wind farm complexes under construction in China will each produce as much electricity as several nuclear power plants, and an electrified transport system supplemented by the use of bicycles could reshape the way we think about mobility.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 04/20/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 193 pages
The fun and easy way to get a grip on photovoltaic design and installation Designing and installing solar panel systems is a trend that continues to grow. With 'green collar' jobs on the rise and homeowners looking for earth-friendly ways to stretch their dollars and lesson their carbon imprint, understanding photovoltaic design and installation is on the rise. 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.
- Covers all aspects of home-scale solar-power systems
- Viable resource for professionals, students, and technical laymen
- Can be used to study for the NABCEP exam
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 08/20/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 386 pages
DIY Solar Panels: Set Up Your Inexpensive Solar Power Generator And Cut Up To 50% Of Your Energy Bill: (Energy Independence, Lower Bills & Off Grid Living) (Solar Power, Solar Energy)
Getting Your FREE BonusDownload this book, read it to the end and see "BONUS: Your FREE Gift" chapter after the conclusion.DIY Solar Panels: (FREE Bonus Included)Set Up Your Inexpensive Solar Power Generator And Cut Up To 50% Of Your Energy BillA lot of studies have been done on the alternative sources of energy, and one of these are the renewable resources, solar energy being the top one. There are many things which should be kept in mind before building your own solar panel system. In this book, a complete guide is included for knowing the basics of installing an inexpensive solar system which is favorable for lowering your energy bills to 50%. The whole book is divided into three chapters, which include the details regarding the following things:
- Steps for building the inexpensive solar panel system for home
- How solar system can cut your energy bills to 50%
- The basic design elements of the solar system
Publication date: 05/11/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 30 pages
The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America—now in an updated edition 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. Plus, you’ll get all the latest information on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-power adoption more feasible.
- Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scale solar-power systems for the home
- New small- and mid-sized solar products, projects, and applications
- Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energy consulting firm
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 04/06/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 393 pages
Solar Energy: The Complete Guide About Solar Energy - A Practical Beginners Guide To Solar Panels, Cells and Electricity (Alternative Energy, Sustainable Living, Green Living)
Discover Right Now How To Harness Solar Energy More EfficientlyThis eBook has been designed to take you through the numerous stages of gathering your solar panels equipment and how to harness solar radiation by checking different topographical areas or checking your home’s landscape to detect where you can get most sunshine for your solar panels. With the eBook, you may or may not need the help of professional Solar panel installer, because the contents have been simplified to serve as a manual.A Sneak Preview Of What You Can Expect To Learn...✔ How to develop and use solar energy as an eco-friendly electricity generator✔ Types of solar panels and types of array mountings for solar panels✔ Costs and expected lifespan of Solar panels✔ How much sunshine you need to power solar panels✔ Technical specifications for a 250-watt solar panel✔ Types of mounting systems for solar panels✔ Issues relating to charge controllers, wire cables, batteries and inverters✔ Much, much more!Tags: Solar Electricity, Solar Energy for Beginners, Solar Panels, Solar Cells, Solar Panel Installation, Solar Panels for Dummies, Solar Panels Book
Published by: Better Life Books | Publication date: 06/05/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 27 pages
A fresh approach to solar power in 2017 through the effective use of "Efficiency First Principles" This ground-breaking book by long time seasoned renewable energy professional Zax Vagen is packed full of innovative ideas, old industry mainstays and ancient wisdom that come together timeously in this book. Riddled with tips and tricks, from choosing the right product to leveraging practical advantage and "opportunity phycics". Join Zax Vagen and his hilarious coffee habit as he unravels the mysteries of achieving the nirvana of off-grid living without spending a fortune. Now with a new chapter about never before published drivers of global warming and climate change.
Publication date: 04/17/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 53 pages
Understanding Solar EnergySolar energy is free and it is located everywhere where the sun is shining. However, harnessing the energy of sun in order to convert it to electricity or heat is not an easy task. You need to use the right equipment as well as design basics in order to harness the energy of the sun effectively.There are many benefits of using solar energy to heat up or power your home. One of the most important benefits of using this renewable energy is that you can help save the environment. This green energy can also help you reduce the cost of your energy bill by as much as half. However, if you opt for solar energy to power your house, you need to educate yourself about the many options that you have. Thus, this book will serve as your guide.With this book, you can learn the following:
- Learn about the benefits of using solar energy in Chapter 1. Moreover, the same chapter will also give you insightful ideas on how you can finance as well as get incentives for using solar power energy.
- This book also teaches you on the things that you need to consider before deciding to adopt this system to your house. Installing solar power systems have several requirements thus it is crucial to know what these requirements are in order to make the most out of solar power energy.
- Chapter 3 also discusses the different types of solar power systems that you can opt for. The chapter gives in-depth discussion on photovoltaic, concentrated and passive solar power systems.
Published by: Loco Media | Publication date: 02/05/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 40 pages