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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for your Home, 2nd Edition

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A book by Dan Ramsey

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Author: Dan Ramsey
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Professional & Technical, Home & Garden
Publisher: Alpha
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Solar Power

  • May 27, 2010
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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July 13, 2011
Sounds like if you are planning to build a new home or planning extensive renovations this book would be well worth reading. Unfortunately, it will probably be quite a while before the average working class stiff can afford to do this.
July 13, 2011
Much depends upon whether or not you have a paid home. If you do, an equity loan may be in order. In addition, if you have a lot of land, a solar energy farm could be built. The monies could be lent on the strength of the projected future cash flows. In any event, there are government grants to assist. The grants could total up to 25% of the total cost of about $80,000 or more for a complete job. Some hearty souls could do the job for a lot less with a home installation.
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