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Filed by Jon Titus on 08/23/2011
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While doing some research, I found the "resources" listed below:

"Battery Power for Your Residential Solar Electric System," from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at the US Department of Energy provides a 2-page paper about battery use, purchase, storage, and cost as well as several battery tips.  www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/31689.pdf.

 

"A Homebuilder's Guide to Going Solar," also from the NERL provides information for builders and solar-energy-system installers about how to get the most energy from solar power and how to design and construct homes to maximize solar efficiency. For a copy, visit: www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/pdfs/44792.pdf.

 

The NERL has a library of useful and interesting solar-power resources. For a list of the most popular, visit: www.nrel.gov/publications/popular_publications.html.

 

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) within the US Department of Energy provides many resources individuals can use to learn more about solar power.  Visit the EERE Web site at: www.eere.energy.gov/.  Find the publication and product lists at: www1.eere.energy.gov/library/default.aspx?page=7. You can read all documents online or request paper copies of some for delivery by mail. The library of documents lets you browse by topic and also indicate the type of information you seek, such as Consumers and Homeowners, Home Builders and Renovators, and so on. While browsing, I came across "Homeowners Guide to Financing a Grid-Connected Solar Electric System," which offers useful information.

 

If you go to the US Department of Energy Web site at: www.doe.gov/, you can search by US state to find information about solar-energy programs, projects, regulations, and rebates (if any) in your state. For Utah, the site located 89 links, although some dealt with grants, news, and large solar-energy projects.

 

The Web site, "Go Solar with Get Started With Solar!" gives you one person's perspective on a do-it-yourself solar-electricity project with much helpful information, photographs and comparisons to approaches to solar energy.  Find the site at: www.getstartedwithsolar.com/.  I wish the author has identified himself or herself because they deserve credit for putting so much information online.

 

As you plan a photovoltaic system, consult with your municipal building department about local rules and regulations that supplement the National Electrical Code.  You want to ensure a solar-energy system meets building codes.  These codes help protect your investment and lives.  The building inspectors will have a copy of the National Electrical Code (NEC) you can peruse and a local library might have a copy.

 

The National Fire Protection Agency publishes the NEC ($US 85), which is not current with the 2011 edition.  Find more information at: www.nfpa.org.

 

If you have a resource to share, please add a comment, give the resource, and include a URL or link.  I'm particularly interested in photovoltaic topics such as grounding, ground-fault protection, and consumer safety.. --Jon Titus

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Created on 8/23/2011 8:03:34 PM
Here's another useful reference, "Get Your Power from the Sun," a 20-page document from the US Department of Energy:  www.solar-estimate.org/pdfs/consumer-guide-to-solar-power.pdf. --Jon
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