BUILD YOUR OWN SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM IN 2019: A practical step-by-step guide to designing, sourcing, and installing a rooftop solar panel system using Enphase Energy microinverters
The use of microinverters (specifically Enphase Energy IQ Series) practically makes a solar panel electrical system plug-and-play, leaving challenges to mechanical design, sourcing components, permitting, and installation. This practical step-by-step guide helps you build the type of system that will most universally work on the majority of North American homes. If you do your own home repairs, you already possess many of the skills needed to build a solar power system. Any remaining skills and basic knowledge about solar can be learned, which is the subject of this guide. This guide is best viewed as an eBook because it includes many hyperlinks to view offline documents, installation guides, videos, and even component pricing. Hyperlinks may not work in certain versions of Kindle Reader, so “tinyurl” links to external websites and videos are also provided.AUTHOR’S BIORené Voss lives in San Anselmo, CA, where he practices Natural Resources Law for non-profits and serves on the Town of San Anselmo’s Open Space Committee. He is a past member of the Sierra Club Board of Directors (1999-2001) and an avid outdoorsman. In 1986, he received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and much later, in 2008, graduated from Concord Law School and was admitted to practice law in California. He is a renewable energy advocate, environmental activist, and electric vehicle enthusiast. He designed, sourced, and built his first photovoltaic system in the spring of 2018, which is the subject of this guide, and he acquired his first electric vehicle in the same year. His hope is that this guide will make a small contribution toward helping accelerate our world’s transition from fossil fuel consumption towards a renewable and sustainable future.
Publication date: 12/12/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition
The Solar Sales Leap: Stop Knocking on Doors, Cold Calling, and Buying Leads and Start Using the Internet to Grow Your Solar Energy Business for the Long Term
"In the rapidly changing PV industry, The Solar Sales Leap is a must-read for anyone involved in the task of marketing solar power to residential homeowners. Curren summarizes here what many PV installers are failing to recognize when trying to capture the attention of a qualified residential solar power prospect.”-- Joe Sadonis, Solar Consultant, Paradise Clean EnergyThe Solar Sales Leap will help anyone who works in marketing, sales, or management at a residential or commercial solar contractor to sell more solar with the powerful new tools of online outreach.These days, even while solar panels are getting cheaper and cheaper, the cost of acquiring a new solar customer remains high — around $3,000 on average for a residential installation, according to GTM Research. This raises the price of installations and cuts into the profit of solar installers.If solar sales and marketing was effective it would be cheaper and easier to get a new solar customer. But traditional tactics, most of which have been used for decades, from door-knocking to cold calling to direct mail, don’t work well anymore. In some cases, by destroying consumer trust, outdated outreach can backfire for solar sales.Why? Blame it on the Internet.No Patience for Cold Calls and Door-to-Door SalesSuffering from an overload of information through phones and computers, not to mention cable TV and satellite radio, the average American consumer today gets thousands of marketing messages a day. That’s why more and more people are blocking ads on their computers and on their phones. Busy consumers have even less patience for solar telemarketers or door knockers than they do for ads.That’s why today, people are not just blocking the ads. Potential solar buyers are also hanging up on the cold callers, slamming the door on the canvassers, and tossing out the direct mail unread. And that means lost sales for solar installers.Pushy marketing tactics create distrust for the solar industry. And that distrust is fanned by monopoly electric utilities who use stories of solar scams spread around the news media and online to throw mud on the rooftop solar industry. As scare stories spread they'll create distrust and make homeowners and commercial property owners think twice about working directly with solar installers.The Solar Sales Leap is a practical guide to help solar installers survive and thrive in today’s market by using the power of the Internet to build trust with homeowners and commercial property owners.The book is also a manifesto calling for the industry to remove the biggest roadblock to solar’s growth by bringing the industry’s marketing out of the 1970s into the 21st century.Different than Other Books on Solar Marketing and SalesWhile there have been books published previously on solar sales and marketing, The Solar Sales Leap is the first book to introduce Internet marketing to solar companies.It’s a detailed guide to help solar installers make the transition online with concrete advice to create content they can use to establish themselves as trusted advisors rather than sales bullies. The book covers such topics as:
- How all marketing today has become Internet marketing
- Why going online is much more than getting a Facebook page or putting up a website — it’s a change of mindset
- The secrets to building a website that will generate solar leads online
- Why solar installers need to distinguish themselves from competitors in order to make sales
- Blogging as the secret weapon to build a successful solar brand
Published by: New Sky Books | Publication date: 10/02/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 336 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, 194 pages
The Truth About Solar Panels: The Book That Solar Manufacturers, Vendors, Installers And DIY Scammers Don't Want You To Read
Internet Linked Book to Free Solar Resources and Free Solar Calculators !The book "The Truth About Solar Panels:The Book That Solar Manufacturers, Vendors, Installers And DIY Scammers Don't Want You To Read" has been created as an answer to widely spread misleading, rehashed or low quality information about solar panels written by some unqualified authors. Unfortunately such questionable information is flooding not only the internet but also the other powerful media and digital platforms.The authors of this book hold master degree in engineering. Their experience helps them to present the complex world of solar energy in a manner that is both practical and easy understood by a broad audience. The book is an honest revelation about solar panels described beyond the hype and beyond the stigma. If you are going to invest in solar panel system or to upgrade already installed one this revelation is also about your money. Buying, building or installing a solar electric (photovoltaic, PV) system for your home, business, vehicle or boat is a complex project, and there are a lot of different issues involved. Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you, you will need to know the correct terminology to use to research, design, purchase and communicate about it. It must be emphasized that the right choice of the solar panel is about 80% responsible for the overall performance of your solar power system. Get it wrong and you'll lose a lot of money and get many headaches in years to come. The book "The Truth About Solar Panels" could save you a lot of money and headaches for years to come, since it:
- Gives you actionable and practical information about different types of solar panels, their pros, cons, risks, characteristics and warranties
- Honestly compares and reveals advantages and disadvantages of brand new, second hand and do-it-yourself solar panels in a unique manner.
- Choose the best solar panel in terms of price performance suitable for your solar project
- Immediately spot the "unfair" marketing tricks used to sell you an overpriced underperforming solar panel of questionable warranty
- Judge the quality of solar quotes and filter out the disadvantageous ones.
- do-it-yourself solar enthusiasts
- lovers of recreational vehicles, campers, boats and other outdoor activities
- potential investors in solar power
- business owners interested in solar power
- people interested in becoming solar installers
- people working in the sales and marketing area of solar power and green energy industry
- many others keen in solar power and renewable energy.
- As a reference while you are planning your PV system
- When you are surfing the web pricing solar panels
- When you are talking with solar vendors and installers.
Publication date: 11/26/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 130 pages
The book 'Solar Power Demystified: The Beginners Guide To Solar Power, Energy Independence And Lower Bills’ introduces you to the world of solar electric panels and systems. It reveals you the reasons why photovoltaic solar panels are continuing to gain worldwide popularity and are becoming more important as a source of renewable energy.You can see the question “To go or not to go solar?” discussed in its practical aspects.Furthermore you are advised what kind of solar electric system you need and how to evaluate whether your home is ‘solar-ready’ or notYou are also introduced to the basics of photovoltaics and to the main types of solar electric systems and their components.The book is intended to provide basic information to everyone who makes first steps in the world of photovoltaics and needs the matter explained in an easy-to-understand and straightforward way.The book exposes:
- Photovoltaics in the world of renewable energy
- Advantages of photovoltaics in a summary
- Why are photovoltaics continuing to gain worldwide popularity?
- Why is the cost of photovoltaics decreasing?
- Drawbacks of photovoltaics
- What are the main applications of solar electric systems?
- To go or not to go solar – that is the question!
- Some issues to consider before going solar
- Why would you need a solar electric system?
- Don’t go solar before reading this!
- What kind of solar electric system do you need?
- How big solar electric system do you need?
- How to finance the cost of your solar electric system?
- Financial incentives
- Is your building solar-ready?
- How to assess your location for solar resource?
- Why the condition of your roof does matter
- Free solar panels
- Solar power for business owners
- Energy efficiency above all
- How to improve the energy efficiency of your building
- The basics of solar power
- Solar electric systems
- Grid-connected solar electric systems
- Stand-alone (off-grid) solar electric systems
- Advantages and drawbacks of stand-alone systems
- Why are off-grid systems attractive?
- Main applications of stand-alone solar electric systems
- Selecting your solar vendor
- What to be careful about
Published by: Digital Publishing Ltd | Publication date: 03/05/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 153 pages
A comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society throughout history, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization."I wait for new Smil books the way some people wait for the next 'Star Wars' movie. In his latest book, Energy and Civilization: A History, he goes deep and broad to explain how innovations in humans' ability to turn energy into heat, light, and motion have been a driving force behind our cultural and economic progress over the past 10,000 years.—Bill Gates, Gates Notes, Best Books of the YearEnergy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. Life on Earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. Humans have come to rely on many more energy flows—ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity—for their civilized existence. In this monumental history, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel–driven civilization. Humans are the only species that can systematically harness energies outside their bodies, using the power of their intellect and an enormous variety of artifacts—from the simplest tools to internal combustion engines and nuclear reactors. The epochal transition to fossil fuels affected everything: agriculture, industry, transportation, weapons, communication, economics, urbanization, quality of life, politics, and the environment. Smil describes humanity's energy eras in panoramic and interdisciplinary fashion, offering readers a magisterial overview. This book is an extensively updated and expanded version of Smil's Energy in World History (1994). Smil has incorporated an enormous amount of new material, reflecting the dramatic developments in energy studies over the last two decades and his own research over that time.
Published by: The MIT Press | Publication date: 05/12/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 564 pages
Are you a hands on person? Do you prefer making things yourself? Are you working on a project that requires lithium batteries?If so, then this book is for you! We'll cover everything you need to know about lithium batteries. From choosing the right cells to designing a battery pack and building it yourself, this book includes all the steps for building safe, effective custom lithium battery packs.
Published by: Toll Publishing | Publication date: 03/20/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks)
It’s the revolutionary science study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest. Everything You Need to Ace Science . . . takes readers from scientific investigation and the engineering design process to the Periodic Table; forces and motion; forms of energy; outer space and the solar system; to earth sciences, biology, body systems, ecology, and more. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in neon colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts in marker. Mnemonics for memorable shortcuts. And quizzes to recap it all. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.
Published by: Workman Publishing Company | Publication date: 02/06/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 544 pages
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth
The #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility--and a necessity. Whether in the near future due to climate change and the depletion of finite resources, or in the distant future due to catastrophic cosmological events, we must face the reality that humans will one day need to leave planet Earth to survive as a species. World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, intimate detail the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He reveals how cutting-edge developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars. He then takes us beyond the solar system to nearby stars, which may soon be reached by nanoships traveling on laser beams at near the speed of light. Finally, he brings us beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, to the possibility of immortality, showing us how humans may someday be able to leave our bodies entirely and laser port to new havens in space. With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes readers on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars.
Published by: Doubleday | Publication date: 02/20/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Top 40 Costly Mistakes Solar Newbies Make: Your Smart Guide to Solar Powered Home and Business 2016 Edition
The book “Top 40 Costly Mistakes Solar Newbies Make” is the new completely revised and improved 2016 edition of the bestselling “Top 30 Costly Mistakes Solar Newbies Make” book.This new 2016 edition is a simple and practical guide that could save you a lot of money, headaches and time during the planning, buying, implementation and operation phase of your solar power system.Whether you have decided to buy a solar electricity system or assemble it yourself, you need a guide.There are thousands of books, articles, leaflets, forums and many other resources available online telling you what to do.However, it is always easy first to find out what NOT to do, and get that in a straightforward and comprehensible manner, in the form of practical tips and hints given by engineers with a long-term experience in electrical and electronic engineering.Do you know when you need a stand-alone system and when – a hybrid one? No matter whether you are a potential buyer or an avid do-it-yourselfer, you are probably curious to find out the best site in your property for a solar array to install. Or you are eager to know which solar panel type is the best for your case?Let’s say you’re a solar system buyer. Are you aware of solar panel guarantee? Do you know how to benefit from free solar panel schemes?The most important however – are you sure you can seed the ‘good’ solar offers from the ‘bad’ ones?Or you’re a solar do-it-yourselfer and want to implement a solar system all by yourself. Surely you need to know the most common mistakes in panel installation or system sizing. What system voltage would be best for your system?Do you know how to choose the right type of battery and charge controller?….Or how to avoid some mistakes in connecting system components, which could ruin your solar project?Here are the most common groups of mistakes commonly committed by people who have decided to go solar:
- General mistakes and misconceptions
- Mistakes during location assessment
- Mistakes with solar panels
- Mistakes in solar systemsizing
- Mistakes in assembling the system components
- Mistakes in buying a solarsystem
- Mistakes in solar power system maintenance
Published by: Digital Publishing Ltd | Publication date: 05/31/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 112 pages