Guides

Last update: 2/2/15

Documents

Get Your Power from The Sun
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Borrower's Guide to Financing Solar Energy Systems NREL

Guide to Installing a Solar Electric System Seattle City Light

The Solarize Guidebook: A community guide to collective purchasing of residential PV systems U.S. Dept. of Energy

Guide to Financing a Grid-Connected, Solar Electric System
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Payback on a Solar PV System
Article by Andy Black

Photovoltaics and Electricity: Classroom Guide (NREL)

PV Installation Professional Guide
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

Understanding Off-Grid Battery Banks IOTA Power Products

PV Technical Sales Resource Guide (NABCEP)

Grounding and Bonding PV Systems
HomePower.com

NEC Rules on Wiring, Disconnects, Fuses and Other PV Requirements
EC&M Magazine (Mike Holt)

Cal-Fire Solar Photovoltaic Installation Guide

California Solar Initiative Program Handbook California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Websites:

BuilditSolar.com

Solar SchoolHouse

Solar Retrofits Tutorial
Pennsylvania Solar Roofs Partnership

Solar 101
SolarWorld

How Solar Electric Technology Works SolarDirect.com

How Photovoltaics Work
NASA Science News

Home Renewable Energy Systems
Energy.gov

Starting Smart: Calculating Your Energy Appetite
HomePower.com

Understanding PV System Parameters
NREL

Choosing the Right Solar Installer SolarEnergy.Net

10 tips for buying your solar power system EnergyMatters

Planning Your Solar Power System Dummies.com

My Solar Estimator
SolarEstimate.org

Solar Document Library
SolarRoadmap.com

Solar Radiation Data Sets by State NREL

Costs of a Solar Power System - plus leasing and PPA's SunRun

Database for State Initiatives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)

Solar Heating Your Home
Energy.gov

Microinverter Installation Manual Enphase

Books:

Many of the titles below and others can be purchased online at Amazon:

Photovoltaic Systems by James P. Dunlop and In partnership with NJATC.

How to Solar Power Your Home Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply by Martha Maeda

Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies by Ryan Mayfield

Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity by Daniel D. Chiras

Got Sun? Go Solar: Harness Nature's Free Energy to Heat and Power Your Grid-Tied Home by Rex A. Ewing and Doug Pratt

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies by Rik DeGunther.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home, by Dan Ramsey and David Hughes.

Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual by Solar Energy International

Solar Electricity Handbook: Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems by Michael Boxwell

Photovoltaic Power Systems for Inspectors & Plan Reviewers by John Wiles and Kathryn P. Ingley

Guides and Videos


This 3-part video features a homeowner who bought his own modules, inverter, racking and other components, then hired a contractor to install them.


This video introduces three applications of solar power: solar electricty, pool heating and indoor water heating.


This video shows an installation of a home PV system. While it provides a closer look at the basics, some of the steps performed and products used (e.g. caulk) are not what most installers recommend. Be sure to consult with experienced professionals before undertaking a solar installation project. See Optional Equipment for more alternatives to using a central inverter.

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