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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780937948170
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: House That Jack Built Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,468,023
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Davidson has been a PV consultant to governments, utility companies, businesses, and homeowners. He is recognized as one of the founders of the commercial PV industry.

Fran Orner has over 20 years of PV system design and installation experience. She illustrated the 1987 edition of The New Solar Electric Home and co-authored the latest edition. Fran is an accomplished construction do-it-yourselfer and designer. Her home is one of the first net-metered PV systems in California to receive the solar rebate.

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Table of Contents

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

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