New Solar Electric Home: The Photovoltaics How-To Book / Edition 3

New Solar Electric Home: The Photovoltaics How-To Book / Edition 3

by Joel Davidson, Fran Orner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0937948179

ISBN-13: 9780937948170

Pub. Date: 05/28/2005

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

The original Photovoltaics How-To Handbook, acclaimed as "the Best of the Books," is now revised, expanded and updated for our New Age of Photovoltaics. Condensing years of hands-on and industry experience, PV pioneers Joel Davidson and Fran Orner tell you everything you need to know to go solar.

  • Chapters 1 through 8 explain the basics of PV,

Overview

The original Photovoltaics How-To Handbook, acclaimed as "the Best of the Books," is now revised, expanded and updated for our New Age of Photovoltaics. Condensing years of hands-on and industry experience, PV pioneers Joel Davidson and Fran Orner tell you everything you need to know to go solar.

  • Chapters 1 through 8 explain the basics of PV, discuss the policies and regulations that affect your system, and guide you in your decision-making.
  • Chapters 9 through 15 examine the components of a PV system—how they work and how to select them.
  • Chapters 16 through 19 offer instructions on how to size, site, install & maintain a code-compliant PV system.
  • Chapter 20 offers a glimpse into the future of PV.

The third edition of this how-to classic provides the facts, guidelines, tips & tools—worksheets, formulas, diagrams, online. Whether you do-ti-yourself or hire professionals. Grid-connect or off-grid. Wherever you live—sunbelt, snowbelt or in-between. Orner and Davidson provide a complete, concise and reality-based education in solar electricity for your home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780937948170
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
House That Jack Built Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
A word of caution
Introduction to photovoltaics: how & why
1. Government, utilities & PV
2. Conservation & energy efficiency
3. Living with PV
4. Making the decision: your off-grid solar electric home
5. Making the decision: your on-grid solar electric home
6. Residential building codes & inspections
7. A short course in electricity & electrical safety
8. Solar modules
9. Site selection & mounts
10. Charge controllers, meters & diodes
11. Battery storage
12. Inverters
13. Wires, grounds, connections & labels
14. Calculating wire, fuse, breaker & conduit sizes
15. Designing your PV system: off-grid
16. Designing your PV system: on-grid
17. Combining PV & other electric generators
18. Installation, testing & maintenance
19. The future of PV
Appendix A: Solar radiation data & peak sun hours
Appendix B: Conversion factors
Appendix C: Web sites
Appendix D: The National Electrical Code: excerpts from Article 690.
Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Glossary.

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