What is a good book for learning about solar panels and solar energy?

Particularly home built or inexpensive solar energy. I’m looking for something that will explain the entire process. Many books I have found assume previous knowledge of the subject and usually end with me Googling for a couple hours. Thanks!

4 thoughts on “What is a good book for learning about solar panels and solar energy?”

  1. Be careful with buying plans on the internet for making your own solar panels. Most of the sites are not much more than a scam.

    Be aware that you won’t be able to use homemade solar panels for other than a small standalone system. They will not be permitted to be connected to the electric grid. To get any significant power to make a difference, you need decent size system, preferably grid tied, with UL Listed (factory made) panels.

    The price of panels has come down so much in the past 2 years, it’s really not cost effective to make your own. There’s no way you’ll be able to make them water tight enough to withstand 40 years of being outside. You may be penny wise, pound foolish.

    An excellent book about solar electric systems is Photovoltaics: Design & Install Manual by SEI. http://www.altestore.com/store/Books-Classes-Educational-Videos/Solar-Electric-PV/Photovoltaics-Design-Install-Manual/p481/. It will teach you how to design a code compliant solar system, not how to make your own panels.

  2. Sorry. I do not know about a book on the the topic, but i got information from Wikipedia and ArosaEnergy. you can get information and questions answered.

  3. You can go for "Earth4Energy". It offers a lot of fantastic home made solar solutions on their site, which can be built easily, for the low cost of less than $200.

    The features are :
    * Full and detailed instructions given which can be easily understood by a layman or the unskilled for building a home made solar panel.
    * Other details on how to obtain the components available in the neighborhood material store for preparing the home made solar system.
    * Tips on how to construct the alternative energy generators that is not readily available anywhere else.
    * One time investment – and life long updates to the manual and video series, at no additional cost.
    * Full cash back if you are not saving hundreds of dollars per month on your energy bill after using the system for eight months.
    * Detailed instructions explained by videos

    There are also testimonials given on this site. You can go through them.

    All the best 🙂

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