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Green Book Review – The New Solar Electric Home

by Hilary Sopata, LEED AP

The New Solar Electric Home
The Complete Guide to Photovoltaics for Your Home
Written by Joel Davidson and Fran Orner

The New Solar Electric Home: The Complete Guide to Photovoltaics for Your Home is the best book on solar energy that I have come across in my research.  It includes charts and graphs including a chart on peak sun hours for various areas in the USA.  Davidson and Orner have included a lot of detailed information about how photovoltaics work, how to calculate what you need, calculating equipment sizes, and designing systems for both on grid and off grid systems.

One thing that I talk about a lot in designing spaces to be eco-friendly is the need to design a space based your particular region’s weather.  This includes temperature, temperature fluctuations, and humidity levels or lack thereof.  In no case is this more important than with solar energy.  The New Solar Electric Home conveys detailed information about various regions including average solar hours for December (minimum hours) and June (maximum hours), battery storage requirements, and how to size your system including a worksheet to do this.

This book is a bit of overkill for the person who is hiring someone else to do the work.  However, if you are a do-it-yourselfer who enjoys complex challenges or if you are a contractor wanting to get in the photovoltaic (often abbreviated PV) business, than this book is exactly what you need.

Source:
Davidson, Joel and Orner, Fran. (2008). The New Solar Electric Home: The Complete Guide to Photovoltaics for Your Home (3rd ed.). aatec publications.* ISBN: 978-0-937948-17-0

*Note: aatec publications does not capitalize their company name.

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  1. * mode20100 says:

    A+ would read again

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 1 month ago


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