Introducing Renewable Energy: A simple, practical guide to small scale solar, wind and hydro-electric micro power (Greenstream Eco Guides)Introducing Renewable Energy is an introduction to how to create energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind and hydro-power. As well as explaining the principles of renewable energy, it includes information on small scale micro-power projects you can build yourself.The book is aimed at anyone who wants a good grounding in renewable energy technologies. Focusing on electricity production, the book assumes no prior knowledge or experience. Whether you are a University student who needs to understand the technology, an enthusiast who wants to build their own system, or someone wanting to evaluate whether a wind turbine or ...
Are you connected to the grid, but want to reduce or even eliminate your electric bills with free energy from the sun and wind? From the sun-soaked Southwest to windy North Dakota to the hurricane-prone Southeast, homeowners are discovering renewable energy. Now with rebates and incentives from most states, installing a solar/wind system is an economically-attractive and environmentally-responsible option. Do it for your checkbook, or for independence from blackouts. Or do it just because you want to help the environment. You'll be glad you did. * Why invest in renewable energy for your home? * Is it legal and safe? * How solar electricity works * Batteries or not? * Sizing your system * Got Wind? * What does it cost? * Any financial help out there? * Permits & Paperwork * The Nuts & Bolts: what to look for, what to avoid * Who does the installation? * Appendix: manufacturers, web resources, state energy offices, sizing worksheets, etc
Energy policies influence the shape of emergent technological systems, and also condition our social, political, and economic lives. This book demonstrates the difficulties of deliberating such properties by providing a historical case study that analyzes U.S. renewable energy policy from the end of World War II through the energy crisis of the 1970s. It illuminates the ways beliefs and values come to dominate official problem frames and get entrenched in institutions.