Power from the Sun
273 Pages
English

Power from the Sun

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273 Pages
English

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Easy-to-understand, accurate, and comprehensive, this is the guide for anyone interested in installing a solar electric system.

Power from the Sun provides a basic understanding of electricity, solar energy and the sun, and solar site assessment. It discusses the types of photovoltaics (PVs) and PV systems, advances in PVs, charge controllers, inverters, batteries, and generators, as well as the installation and maintenance of a PV system.

This book is written for the layperson and is designed to raise the solar electricity literacy of readers. It provides a great overview of the many options available and is designed to help homeowners make wise decisions during the design, purchase, and installation of solar electric systems—and save a lot of money.

Providing readers with the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively with PV installers, Power From the Sun is a great guide for homeowners, business owners, installers, architects, building department officials, utility company employees, and just about anyone else who wants to lower their energy bills or achieve greater energy independence.

Dan Chiras is president of Sustainable Systems Design, Inc., a residential renewable energy and green building consulting firm, and is director of The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, which offers workshops on residential renewable energy and green building. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author and has published twenty-five books, including The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy and Power from the Wind.


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Published 01 September 2009
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EAN13 9781550924336
Language English
Document size 3 MB

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Praise for Dan Chiras
When you need practical advice from a warm, smart and informed human being, Dan Chiras is the one to turn to.
Bruce King, PE Director, Ecological Building Network; and author, Buildings of Earth and StrawandMaking Better Concrete
Dan Chiras has done as much as anyone in America to promote and popularize the use of renewable energy.
Stephen Morris, publisher and editor, Green Living: A Practical Journal for the Environment; and editor,The New Village Green: Living Light, Living Local, Living Large
Dan Chiras is one of the most authoritative writers in the field of renewable energy. His multiple books create a comprehensive library for homeowners looking to live a lifestyle in harmony with their values.
David Johnston, What’s Working: Visionary Solutions for Green Building; and author, Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time
C ata l o g i n g i n P u b l i c at i o n Data : A catalog record for this publication is available from the National Library of Canada.
Copyright © 2009 by Daniel Chiras All rights reserved.
Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Cover images: House: © iStock/Andreas Weber; Wildflowers — © iStock/Chen Ping-Hung
Printed in Canada by Friesens. First printing August 2009.
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-86571-621-6
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Contents
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Solar Electricity.......................................................................1 An Overview of Solar Systems .................................................................................................3 Applications .............................................................................................................................5 World Solar Energy Resources .................................................................................................8 What the Critics Say................................................................................................................10 Availability and Variability ..................................................................................................10 Aesthetics ...............................................................................................................................13 Cost .........................................................................................................................................14 The Advantages of Solar Electric Systems ...........................................................................14 Purpose of this Book ................................................................................................................16 Organization of this Book.......................................................................................................17
Chapter 2: Understanding the Sun and Solar Energy...........................................................19 Understanding Solar Radiation..............................................................................................20 Irradiance................................................................................................................................21 Irradiation ..............................................................................................................................23 Direct vs. Diffuse Radiation................................................................................................24 Peak Sun, Peak Sun Hours, and Insolation ......................................................................27 The Sun and the Earth: Understanding the Relationships ................................................28 Day Length and Altitude Angle: The Earth’s Tilt and Orbit Around the Sun ..............................................................................................29
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