Solar power is exploding these days, what with generous financial incentives and the price of products going down. All sort of people are looking at the technology to provide green power, but they need good information. One place to find that is in a new book called Solar Basics by Neil Kaminar. Kaminar, a solar engineer with nearly 40 years of industry experience, explains most of what you need to know about solar modules and how to make a solar system work.
There's no question that the big topic in the industry these days is greening existing buildings. Whether through the LEED-EBOM program or something else, the existing building stock requires a sustainable update. And if you're looking for a thorough and authoritative book on the topic, I'd like to recommend Greening Existing Buildings by Jerry Yudelson. Published by McGraw-Hill, the GreenSource Series book includes over 25 case studies of successful green building renovations.
We are giving away one (1) copy of this book to a random commenter at the end of Friday, December 18, 2009.*
Recently, Harper Collins was kind enough to send a review copy of a new book called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. It's the story of William Kamkwamba, a youngster in Malawi who built a home-made wind turbine to light his home. Before reading the book, I thought it was going to be about William's discovery of wind power and how that changed his family and life. It was that. But the discovery of wind power was really only a fraction of this touching story. This is one of the top books of the year.