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Power from the Sun : a Practical Guide to Solar Electricity - Revised 2nd Edition.

Author: Dan Chiras
Publisher: Gabriola Island : New Society Publishers, Limited, Minneapolis : Consortium Book Sales & Distribution [distributor] Dec. 2016 ;
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Chiras
ISBN: 9780865718296 0865718296
OCLC Number: 1061008802
Target Audience: Trade
Description: 1 online resource (320 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. An Introduction to Solar Electricity Understanding Rated Power An Overview of Solar Systems World Solar Energy Resources What the Critics Say The Advantages of Solar Electric Systems Purpose of this Book Organization of this Book 2. Understanding the Sun and Solar Energy Understanding Solar Radiation The Sun and the Earth: Understanding the Relationships Conclusion 3. Understanding Solar Electricity Brief History of PVs What Is a PV Cell? Types of PV Rating PV Modules and Sizing PV Systems Durability and Fire Resistance Advancements in PV: What's on the Horizon? Conclusion: Should You Wait for the Latest, Greatest New Technology? 4. Solar Site Assessment Assessing Electrical Demand Conservation and Efficiency First! Sizing a Solar Electric System Does a Solar Electric System Make Economic Sense? Putting It All Together 5. Solar Electric Systems: What Are Your Options? Grid-connected PV Systems Grid-connected Systems with Battery Backup Off-grid (Stand-alone) Systems Hybrid Systems Choosing a PV System 6. Understanding Inverters Do You Need an Inverter? How Does an Inverter Create AC Electricity? Transformerless Inverters Types of Inverters Retrofitting a Grid-tied System with Batteries Buying an Inverter Conclusion 7. Batteries, Charge Controllers, and Gen-sets Understanding Lead-acid Batteries Sealed Batteries Wiring a Battery Bank Lithium Ion Batteries Sizing a Battery Bank Battery Maintenance and Safety Managing Charge to Ensure Longer Battery Life Charge Controllers Generators Living with Batteries and Generators 8. Mounting a PV Array for Maximum Output What Are Your Options? Building-mounted PV Arrays Building-integrated PVs Conclusion 9. Final Considerations: Permits, Covenants, Utility Interconnection, and Buying a System Permitting a PV System Covenants and Neighborhood Concerns Connecting to the Grid: Working with Your Local Utility Insurance Requirements Buying a PV System Parting Thoughts Appendix A: Summary of State Net Metering Policies Resource Guide Index About the Author A Note About the Publisher


Power from the Sun is the fully revised and updated guide for those interested in generating solar electricity. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring,  Read more...


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