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Solar energy, photovoltaics, and domestic hot water : a technical and economic guide for project planners, builders, and property owners

Author: Russell H Plante
Publisher: San Diego, CA : Academic Press, ©2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The direct use of solar energy has never been adopted on a worldwide scale since there have always been cheaper alternative energy sources available. It really wasn't that these sources were cheaper than the sun's energy which, after all, is free, but rather the costs of constructing devices or systems to use the sun's energy were greater than the costs needed to use the other sources that were available. The cost  Read more...
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Plante, Russell H.
Solar energy, photovoltaics, and domestic hot water : a technical and economic guide for project planners, builders, and property owners.
San Diego, California ; Waltham, Massachusetts : Academic Press, ©2014
xiii, 230 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Russell H Plante
ISBN: 9780124202139 0124202136 0124201555 9780124201552
OCLC Number: 879653117
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 230 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface Chapter 1 Considering the Solar AlternativeChapter 2 Simple Solar Basics Chapter 3 Determining Energy Usage Chapter 4 Solar Domestic Hot Water (DHW) SystemsChapter 5 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Chapter 6 Economic Criteria for Financial Decisions Chapter 7 The Economics of Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems Chapter 8 The Economics of Solar Photovoltaic Systems Chapter 9 The Solar Investment Chapter 10 The Energy Conundrum and Economic Consequences Appendix A Mathematical Tables, Relationships, and ConversionsAppendix B WorksheetsAppendix C Comments on Draft Technical Support Document for Endangerment Analysis for Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air ActGlossaryBibliographyIndex
Responsibility: Russell H. Plante.

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"The direct use of solar energy has never been adopted on a worldwide scale since there have always been cheaper alternative energy sources available. It really wasn't that these sources were cheaper than the sun's energy which, after all, is free, but rather the costs of constructing devices or systems to use the sun's energy were greater than the costs needed to use the other sources that were available. The cost of conventional energy sources will continue to increase, and the reliability of foreign energy imports will continue to be questionable at best. We are overdue in making a serious effort to apply the sun's energy in order to complement a larger portion of our ever-increasing energy needs. The "first" most appropriate and cost-effective large-scale application of solar energy involves the heating of water for domestic use and the generation of electricity for grid-tied residential use"--

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