Essentially, Solar Success is about using solar energy to reduce the fossil generated electricity that we use: to reduce one's carbon footprint. Throughout, it stresses the need to reduce what one uses unnecessarily before one thinks about generating more. This can be done by three associated and economically viable approaches:
• reduce energy usage by doing things differently
• reduce energy usage by using more energy-efficient appliances
• change the supply of energy to non-fossil fuel through appropriate technology.
The solar energy required is there; 7000 times more energy than the world currently uses is available. It makes every sense to use it and countries worldwide increasingly do.
Solar is also affordable. In California, Italy and Japan, solar power now challenges power generated through natural gas and nuclear energy. In Germany, home owners' solar generated surplus fed back into the grid network and all energy generated is paid at close to five times grid electricity's buying cost.
Australia's solar take up is high in rural areas that lack grid-connection. Sales of systems that draw from and feed back to the electricity grid (i.e. grid-connect) proved even more successful than expected as installation rebates and feed-in tariffs were initially very generous.In mid 2014 the Australian Federal government virtually ceased paying rebates on the curious basis that the scheme was attracting many more takers than had been expected. There is now however a growing move to go off-grid as electricity prices continue to rise (and feedback payment drop).
Knowing what is practicable and what is less practicable with solar enables readers to evaluate what is offered. And to have an often necessary and educated say in the decisions. For those who wish to design and implement systems themselves, Solar Success shows how to do it, and how to avoid the traps.
However you finance the system, and no matter where or how you live, follow the guidelines in Solar Success and you will have an economic system that will supply clean and reliable power for years to come.
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About the Author
He migrated to Australia in 1963, where he designed and built scientific measuring equipment. In 1971, Collyn Rivers founded what, by 1976, became the world's largest-circulation electronics publication, Electronics Today International.
From 1982 to 1990 he was technology editor of The Bulletin and also Australian Business magazines and in 1999 started two companies: Caravan and Motorhome Books, and Successful Solar Books (now RVBooks and SolarBooks).
"Anyone who has been an electronics enthusiast over the past 30 years or so will be well aware of Collyn Rivers. He was the founding editor of "Electronics Today International" (ETI) magazine which went on to have a number of very successful editions in the UK and elsewhere, as well as being very successful in Australia."
Silicon Chip Magazine
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Solar Reality - an overview
Chapter 2: Lighting
Chapter 3: Fridges & freezers
Chapter 4: Air conditioning
Chapter 5: Washing machines
Chapter 6: Clothes dryers
Chapter 7: Dishwashers
Chapter 8: Power tools
Chapter 9: Phantom loads
Chapter 10: TVs and computers
Chapter 11: Water
Chapter 12: Swimming pools
Chapter 13: Ponds
Chapter 14: Solar
Chapter 15: Solar modules - voltage & current
Chapter 16: Solar regulation
Chapter 17: Batteries
Chapter 18: Battery charging
Chapter 19: Energy monitoring
Chapter 20: Generators
Chapter 21: Alternative power - wind & hydro
Chapter 22: Alternative energy storage - fuel cells
Chapter 23: Inverters
Chapter 24: Energy auditing
Chapter 25: Scaling stand-alone systems
Chapter 26: Meters & measuring
Chapter 27: Installing - legal
Chapter 28: Installing the system
Chapter 29: Constructing a Stand-alone System
Chapter 30: Grid-connect
Chapter 31: Example systems
Chapter 32: Living with solar
Chapter 33: Our solar systems
Chapter 34: Technical Terms Explained