Solar II: How to Design, Build and Set Up Photovoltaic Components and Solar Electric Systems

Now that you’ve built your solar panels, how do you set up a photovoltaic system and plug in? In Solar II, Phillip Hurley, author of Build Your Own Solar Panel, will show you how to:
Calculate daily electrical usage and needs
Plan and size your solar electric system
Build racks and charge controllers
Mount and orient PV panels
Wire solar panel arrays
Make a ventilated battery box
Wire battery arrays for solar panels
Install an inverter
Maintain solar batteries for optimum life and performance
Make your own combiner box, bus bars, and DC and AC service boxes
Solar II includes easy-to-follow directions with over 150 black & white photos, illustrations and schematics.

Green Power Homes: Quick Guide to Wind, Solar and Geothermal Energy

Green Power Homes – Quick And Easy Guide to Wind, Solar and Geothermal Energy
If you have heard the concepts of Sustainable energy, Sustainable living, Eco energy, Green homes and never knew what it is all about, then this quick guide will introduce you to these concepts.
Ever wondered what Wind power is all about  ?  How to heat your water with Solar panels ? Is it possible to cool your home using geothermal forces ?

In this quick guide you’ll find  :

  • About The History Of Wind Energy
  • How Wind Turbines Work And The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Wind Power
  • Answers To Common Questions Such As  : How Much Does A Wind System Cost?
  • Case Studies
  • About The History Of Solar Energy
  • What Is Passive Solar Technology ?
  • Answers To Common Questions Such As  : How Much Does A Solar Energy System Cost, And How Much Will I
    Save On Utility Bills?  What Resources, Grants, Loans, And Other Incentives Are There For Installing A PV System?
  • Case Studies
  • Geothermal Energy Basics
  • What Is Dry Steam ? What Is Flash Steam ?
  • Installing Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Case Studies
  • And Much Much More…

The concepts in this guide can help you lower your utility bills today !

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Solar Power Your Home For Dummies

The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America—now in an updated edition

Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you!

This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. Plus, you’ll get all the latest information on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-power adoption more feasible.

  • Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scale solar-power systems for the home
  • New small- and mid-sized solar products, projects, and applications
  • Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energy consulting firm

Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!

Goal Zero 22004 Yeti 150 Solar Generator

A plug and play generator for emergencies, camping, or wherever you need power. The Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator is a gas free source of portable power to keep lights, phones and laptops powered on through any situation. It’s your portable mini powerhouse.

Product Features

  • Powers laptops, lights and smartphones anywhere you need them with a built-in AC inverter
  • Convenient pop-up handle and stackable shape to take it along for the ride
  • Quickly refuel from wall, car or sun; car charger and solar charger sold separately
  • 2 Ampere USB outlet, 12 Volts output and 80 Watts AC inverter included

Build Your Own Solar Panel: Generate Electricity from the Sun.

Whether you’re trying to get off the grid, or you just like to experiment, Build Your Own Solar Panel has all the information you need to build your own photovoltaic panel to generate electricity from the sun. Now available for the first time in print, this revised and expanded edition has easy-to-follow directions, and over 150 detailed photos and illustrations. Lists of materials, tools, and suppliers of PV cells are included. Every-day tools are all that you need to complete these projects.
Build Your Own Solar Panel will show you how to:
Design and build PV panels,
Customize panel output,
Make tab and bus ribbon,
Solder cell connections,
Wire a photovoltaic panel,
Purchase solar cells,
Test and rate PV cells,
Repair damaged solar cells,
Work with broken cells,
Encapsulate solar cells.

Opteka BP-SC4000 Ultra Thin Solar Powered High Capacity (4000mAh) Backup Battery and Charger for Cell Phones, iPhone, iPod, and Most USB Powered Devices

The Opteka BP-SC4000 Ultra Thin Solar Powered Mobile Device Charger allows you to
charge your mobile devices when a wall outlet or USB power source are not available.
The BP-SC4000 contains a 4000mAh lithium-polymer power bank which charges up via
solar energy or computer USB port, and features 10 mobile-device connecting tips,
extension cable and USB port making the BP-SC4000 compatible with most Nokia, Samsung,
LG, Palm, Blackberry, Apple iPhone, iPod, iPad, Motorola, Sony, Bluetooth, GPS,
various digital cameras, PSP, various eBooks, tablets, Nintendo DS, Kindle, and
other devices.


Battery Type: Lithium-polymer

Battery Capacity: 4000 mAh

Voltage: Output DC 5V 1000mA, Max Solar charge: 250mA

Operating Temperature: 0°C-45°C

Dimensions: 4.5″ x 3.3″ x 0.5″ (114 x 84 x 14mm)

Weight: 6.5 oz (185g)

This is also bundled with a Lightning Cable that will work with the following devices:

iPhone 5

iPod touch 5th generation

iPod Nano 7th generation

iPad 4th generation

iPad Mini

Product Features

  • Will fully charge your mobile device using solar or USB Power
  • Ultra high capacity of 4000mAh
  • Includes 10 charging tips with USB port to maximize compatibility
  • LED power capacity display
  • Auto-shutoff once charging is complete

Solar-powered LED Flashlight w/ Keychain

Imagine a flashlight small enough to attach to your keychain, but with three powerful LED lights, and it never needs batteries! This is the Solar Flashlight Keychain. A small solar panel on the back of the flashlight converts light to energy to power the bright LED lights. No cranking or shaking needed. Even ambient light is enough to keep this tough flashlight shining brightly! On your keychain, always ready! Size 2 ½ ” x 1 ½ “x ½ “.

Product Features

  • Solar panel converts sun or ambient light to recharge
  • 3 hours of operation after 30 minutes’ exposure to light
  • Three bright LED lights
  • Easily fits in pocket or purse
  • Never be without light again!

Solar Electricity Handbook – 2014 Edition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy – Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

Solar electricity is a wonderful concept. Take free power from the sun and use it to power electrical equipment. No ongoing electricity bills, no reliance on an electricity socket. ‘Free’ electricity that does not harm the planet. Of course, it is not as simple as that. Yet generating electricity from sunlight alone is a powerful resource with applications and benefits throughout the world. But how does it work? What is it suitable for? How much does it cost? How do I install it? This best selling internet-linked book answers all these questions and shows you how to use the power of the sun to generate electricity yourself. This sixth edition includes more information, with new and improved chapters for grid-tie systems and brings the book right up to date with the latest technology and information. In short, the Solar Electricity Handbook is a practical and straightforward guide to using photovoltaic solar panels. Assuming no previous knowledge, the book explains how solar panels work, how they can be used and explains the steps you need to take to successfully design and install a solar photovoltaic system from scratch. Accompanying this book is a solar resource website containing lots of useful information, lists of suppliers and on-line solar energy calculators that will simplify the cost analysis and design processes.

Thames & Kosmos Solar Power

555006 Features: -Build your own solar-powered models and discover how solar cells generate electricity from light.-Build six solar powered models including a locomotive, single-prop plane, bulldozer, helicopter, backhoe, and twin-rotor helicopter.-Allowing you to switch out the solar panel for a AA battery depending on the strength of sunlight.-Can even use the solar panel to charge up your own rechargeable AA batteries.-Solar panel is positionable, so you can maximize its exposure to the sun to generate the most power.-Kit gives step-by-step instructions for assembling the six model vehicles.-Can design your own solar vehicles.-Ages 8 and up. Includes: -24-page color instruction book included. Specifications: -Kit consists of three solar cells and generates 1.5 volts of electricity in bright sunlight, like a AA battery. Assembly Instructions: -Assembly required. Dimensions: -Guide book dimensions: 5.5” W x 8.25” D.

Product Features

  • Photovoltaic energized vehicles
  • Build your own solar powered models and discover how solar cells generate electricity from light
  • The special solar panel in this kit consists of three solar cells and generates 1.5 volts of electricity
  • You can even use the solar panel to charge up your own rechargeable AA batteries
  • Compete with your friends to see whose solar vehicle runs the fastest

Goal Zero 19010 Guide 10 Plus Solar Charging Kit

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit is an ultra-lightweight USB and solar charging system that fits in your pocket. It includes the Nomad 7 solar charging panel and the Guide 10 battery charging system. It can be used as a single unit power pack to power your device, or as a power source to recharge batteries for use in AA or AAA battery powered devices.

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit is an ultra-lightweight USB and solar charging system that fits in your pocket. It includes the Nomad 7 solar charging panel and the Guide 10 battery charging system. It can be used as a single unit power pack to power your device, or as a power source to recharge batteries for use in AA or AAA battery powered devices.

Charge your portable devices outdoors

Rechargeable Batteries

The Guide 10 Adventure Kit includes four rechargeable AA batteries. Never waste your money or fill the landfill with Alkaline batteries again. Use them in the battery pack to power your USB devices or take batteries out and power your headlamp or remote control.

Plug in your USB

Plug in any of your small USB powered devices to the battery pack to recharge them anywhere. The USB port of the Guide 10 is powerful enough to handle smartphones, readers and tablets.

Light it Up

A handy and bright built-in LED light is always with you on the top of the battery pack. It can be used to find things in your dark backpack or purse. The light runs for over 150 hours before needing a charge.

Kit includes a Guide 10 battery pack and Nomad 7 solar panel

Charge from Solar

With 7 Watts of charging power this solar panel will charge the battery pack in about 3-4 hours. The mono-crystalline solar panel is the most efficient solar panel on the market. Has a USB input so you can also use just the solar panel to plug your device directly in to recharge.

Small and Compact

When folded up it is about the size of a novel. It can open up and charge from your dashboard or backpack. Really, you can just throw it out wherever you may be.

What’s in the Box?

Guide 10 Battery Pack, Nomad 7 Solar Panel, Ultra Charge Solar Cord, 12V cigarette adapter, AA rechargeable batteries (4 pack), AAA insert, manual and warranty.

Technical Specifications

  • Inputs: Mini USB (5V), Solar port (6.5V)
  • USB Power Output: 3.5W
  • Solar Power Output: 7W
  • Flashlight: 100mW LED
  • LED Life: 100+ hours on single charge
  • Battery Capacity: 10 Wh, NiMH
  • Battery Shelf Life: 12 months
  • Dimensions Guide 10 Battery Plus Pack Only: 2.5″ x 4″ x 0.75″ (6 x 10 x 2cm)
  • Dimensions Guide 10 Battery Pack and Nomad 7 Solar Panel: 6.5″ x 9.5″ x 1.8″ (16.51 x 25.4 x 5.08 cm)
  • Total Weight: 1.7 lbs (0.77kg)

Product Features

  • Keep your power hungry phone juiced and ready for you to use
  • Power up your tablet for 25 percent longer
  • Small and compact enough to carry with you always and power up anywhere
  • Handy built-in LED flashlight to help you search in your dark backpack or purse
  • AA rechargeable batteries included