Solar Power for Your Home by David Hughes et al. Alpha Publishers 2010
Reviewed by: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
This is an excellent guide for anyone planning to install solar energy panels in a home or take advantage of the sale of excess renewable power to the local electric company . The work describes solar power functionality and solar energy at work. The processes described are perfect for communities and third world countries operating without public utilities.
The process has a solar energy module consisting of a charge controller,battery with an offshoot to a DC load or AC load and an inverter for the AC load. The payback for the solar system is through a federal tax credit, solar rebates, selling power to the local utilities or renewable energy credits.
There are several big initiatives going on right now like the Million Solar Roofs Initiative. The American Recovery Reinvestment Act is responsible for solar energy promotion on federal buildings. Solar energy may be financed through consumer loans, a 1st or 2nd mortgage, as well as special federal programs like Title I loans. Fannie Mae has a REEIL loan program.
Prebuilt solar homes are advertised at greenhomesforsale. There are alternate solar panel designs like the solar panel rack mounted at ground level. Designers of solar systems must take into consideration the sun's noontime height above the horizon and the seasonal changes involving the sun repositioning. Solar panels may be installed on a garage roof instead of the roof of the home.
A residential solar system can cost $30T to $40T or $6 to $8. per watt. Batteries may be needed for backup systems. Inverters change DC to AC electricity. Air warmed in the sunspace travels on its own throughout the home. Wing wells can accelerate the natural breeze in the interior.
Both individuals and businesses generate excess renewable energy which can be sold to the community as an additional revenue source. The National Electric Code (NEC)for residential solar power governs installations under Article 690. Homeowners must remember to obtain adequate insurance coverage for the solar installation and any customizations. The volume has an excellent appendix with extensive drawings throughout and a section on Energy Efficiency Resources throughout the USA.
This book would be an excellent acquisition for anyone planning to build or implement solar energy panels on a residential or industrial property. The cost of the acquisition is modest at under $20.00. The book is recommended highly to the readership.
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The perfect source for solar power—fully illustrated.
Solar Power (photovoltaics) is now a one-billion-dollar industry, and it’s poised to grow rapidly in the near future as more pressure is placed on limited fossil fuel resources and as advances in solar technology drive down the costs of residential solar systems. This book helps readers understand the basics of solar power and other renewable energy sources, explore whether solar power makes sense for them, what their options are, and what’s involved with installing various on and off-grid systems.
—Fully illustrated —Covers every conceivable solar-power topic and concern, including updated information on the increasing number of state rebate and incentive programs
Part 1. Saving Your Energy -- 1. Looking into the Sun -- Finding the Energy -- Using Renewable Energy Sources -- Solar Energy -- Wind Energy -- Hydro Energy -- Bio Energy -- Geothermal Energy -- Other Energy Sources -- Here Comes the Sun! -- Changing Technologies and Attitudes -- 2. Estimating Your Home's Energy Needs -- What's Home Energy? -- Where Does the Energy Go? -- How Much Does Home Energy Cost? -- Considering a Solar Power System -- 3. Fifty Ways to Cut Your Home Energy Bills Right Now! -- Understanding Heat Transfer -- Auditing Your Energy -- Do It Yourself -- Professional Energy Audits -- You've Been Audited, Now What? -- Building and Retrofitting for Efficiency -- 4. Solar Power Incentives and ...