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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    A Great Book on Solar Photovoltaics

    This is a very good book about Photovoltaics. It contains clear jargon free professional level information on Project costs, Nuts & Bolts Design, Construction and Certification process, Numerous photos and tables show how PV is effectively utilized on many projects, it covers the California Energy Commission Rebate and Incentive plans and touches on other forms of renewable technologies.
    In the preface the author states that his reason for writing the book is to educate key design professional s so they can effectively promote the use of renewable technology ".which inevitably will define the future economic well being of our nation...".
    Mr. Gevorkian is a PE, and President of Vector Delta Design Group which is an electrical engineering and solar power design firm. The company also works with other forms of renewable energy including fuel cells, and microturbine cogeneration although their strength is in Photovoltaics

    Overall I feel this is one of the best books I have read dealing with Solar Photovoltaics. He has pulled together meaningful useful in depth information that can be otherwise hard to locate on the practical side of Solar PV work.
    The major flaw I see is that he only briefly touches on other forms of renewable energy production like micoturbines, solar thermal, geothermal, wind, fuel cells, and tidal. This is understandable as the author is President of one of the major Solar PV installation design firms in the nation.
    More than 70% of the book is devoted to Photovoltacis and their application.
    Although this book is copyrighted 2006 on one chapter is filled with outdated information and that is the chapter dealing with The California Energy Commission's Rebate and Incentive Plan, While the actual references to the forms are out of date the general process, procedures and calculations are useful in how other jurisdictions may approach the rebate and incentive process.
    Through the authors generous use of photographs and diagrams of individual projects the author has been successful in illustrating how the principals he is laying out are put into practice, one can get a feel for how the project actually works.
    The author does take any significant time on rating systems which will help keep the text from seeming date in the future.

    In summary the book is fair but mainly about Solar PV and has very good information in it, but just not as much as I would like to see about alternative forms of renewable energy in my opinion as the title might lead you to believe. I would heartily recommend this book for anyone that is serious about using Solar PV as a staple source of power in their future projects.

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