Solar-buyers-guide Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, October 22, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

Recently, Chelsea Green Publishing sent us a copy of a new book, A Solar Buyer’s Guide for the Home and Office, by Stephen and Rebekah Hren, also the authors of the Carbon-Free Home.  Just like the first book, the authors chose a topic that they’re clearly expert to talk about.  Stephen is a builder and teacher with experience in passive and active solar heating technologies, while Rebekah is an NABCEP-certified photovoltaics installer, licensed electrical contractor, and ISPQ-certified solar instructor.

The authors take on the task of helping property owners make a good decision — for both their energy needs and financial security — when it comes to investing in passive and active solar systems.  Here’s how the Solar Buyer’s Guide is structured:

  • CH 1: Types of solar
  • CH 2: What’s appropriate for your site
  • CH 3: What’s appropriate for your budget
  • CH 4: Getting ready for the installation
  • CH 5: Solar electric (PV) systems
  • CH 6: Solar hot water
  • CH 7: Solar heating
  • CH 8: Everything else under the sun
  • CH 9: The future of solar

Personally, I’m fascinated by solar and believe it will be a major fuel source for future solar cars and net-zero energy homes.  Indeed, micro-solar technologies, such as these five seem like a good place to start, especially if you’re trying to make an older home more energy efficient at the same time.

But before pulling the trigger on a major purchase like this, you owe it to yourself to be completely informed as to the panoply of technologies, installers, tax incentives, and financial options.  Which is why I believe this Solar Buyer’s Guide is worth the cover price.

[+] Buy a copy of Solar Buyer’s Guide on Amazon.

*To participate in this giveaway contest, leave a comment here by midnight MST on Friday, October 22, 2010.  One comment per person; use a valid email; available only in the United States.  By leaving a comment, you agree to the terms and conditions relating to giveaways on Jetson Green.