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.
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 twelfth 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.
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Michael Boxwell is a technology designer who first started working with solar twenty years ago. An author of over twenty books, Michael is a leading expert in the solar industry having designed solar energy systems as diverse as a community energy project in Ethiopia and a solar powered delivery vehicle. He has advised the Obama Administration on the use of solar energy and regularly speaks on television and radio about renewable energy technology.
Michael also develops new solar energy technology. He led the design on the Battery LITE solar battery storage system, currently one of the best-selling residential solar energy storage systems in the United Kingdom, and is now working on next generation battery storage solutions.
Introducing Solar Energy
Making and saving money with solar
A Brief Introduction to Electricity
The Four Configurations for Solar Power
Components of a Solar Electric System
The Design Process
Scoping the Project
Calculating Solar Energy
Surveying Your Site
Understanding the Components
Components for Grid-Tie systems
Components for Stand-Alone Systems
Planning, regulations and approvals
Maintaining Your System
Appendix A - Typical Power Requirements
Appendix B - Living Off-Grid
A Final Word
The Solar Electricity Handbook has consistently been the leading title in its subject since its first edition in 2009, outselling competitors all over the world and proving indispensable to solar installers, researchers, students and homeowners, providing an informative and practical guide to installing these energy saving and cost effective systems. The global solar market is booming and the new, updated Solar Electricity Handbook could hardly come at a more relevant time. - Blue and Green Tomorrow; This is the number one best book on solar energy. (Rated First in their review of the Top Ten Best Solar Books of 2014) - SurvivalRenewableEnergy.com
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