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Solar Basics - A Book Review

Posted Apr 10 2010 3:57pm
So you've decided you want to add solar power to your home. 
Where to start?
After reading Solar Basics- The Easy Guide to Solar Energy by Neil Kaminar , I would highly suggest you start with this book. Not only is this a very intersting book, but by eliminating mathematical formulas and technical jargon Neil has made Solar Basics a very easy to read book.

Everything you need to know to get you started using solar power is included in Solar Basics .  From the very beginnings of solar power in 1954, the reasons why you should switch to solar power, safety, installing, and how to get the most out of your solar panels, as well as how long you can expect them to last.  

Neil Kaminar has covered it all.  And if you find yourself wanting more after you have read Solar Basics , he has published another book titled Solar Design , which goes into detail on how to design and installed your solar modules whether you are a do-it-yourself person or a professional installer.

You will find current information on how to find prices, brand, and model numbers and how to interpret the information.

Solar Basics was printed by which states on their site;
"Our partners didn't just join the Green bandwagon – in book printing terms, they created it! From aggressive recycling programs and recycled stock content, to soy ink and advanced facilities maximization, our partners know that when printing a book, the future of the planet and our natural resources are the responsibility of all of us – corporate and individual. You'll never even notice the difference, but every time you print a book with us, you'll be doing something great for the environment."

Press Release

New Book Empowers, Educates Homeowners on Financial and Environmental Benefits of Solar

With so much government aid available for first time home buyers, real estate fever has hit hard
across the country, particularly among Generation X. But even if buyers are getting these older
bungalows or foreclosed fixer-uppers on the cheap, the hard reality is that energy costs are once
again on the rise and older homes are often not designed for maximum efficiency. This winter,
author, mechanical engineer, and solar energy specialist Neil Kaminar offers Solar Basics: The
Easy Guide to Solar Energy (McNeill Hill; ISBN 978-0-9840510-0-7; 2009; $24.95) to any
dedicated do-it-yourselfer who wants to save money and reduce the impact they have on fossil

Knowing that cost is one of the most daunting factors in an undertaking like this, Kaminar also
focuses on how to fund the installation of a solar system and still get rebates and tax credits.
“The cost of a solar system can be paid back in a few years by eliminating electricity bills,” says
Kaminar, “but there are intangible credits as well such as the tons of carbon dioxide that are not
being produced because of your system.”

Kaminar demystifies solar energy and gives straightforward information and full color
illustrations about how solar modules work, proper care and maintenance, how to buy
equipment, and solar safety. Don Street, VP of USPL Modules Group raves, “I learned a lot from
Solar Bascis. It covered a whole spectrum of subjects I hadn’t even expected, and it was written
in plain, understandable English. Nice job! I just ordered 5 more copies to give to people I’m
trying to train into solar; this is the perfect first read for people with a general education.”
Solar Basics is available on and through the author’s website

About the author: Neil Kaminar started his career in solar energy in the early 1970s by helping to
design and build a solar house in Atascadero, CA. Throughout the 80s and 90s Kaminar has
worked to develop, install, and oversee projects related to solar energy modules. Since 2006, Mr.
Kaminar has worked as a consultant to various companies worldwide. His motivation for writing
Solar Basics and Solar Design is to give back to the world some of the knowledge gained in his
40-year career in Solar Energy.

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