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The Easy Guide to Solar Electric: For Home Power Systems Paperback – 1 Jan 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Adi Solar; 2 edition (Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096718911X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967189116
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,804,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a total waste of time and effort.

It deals poorly and almost exclusively with off-grid systems while the vast majority of Solar PV requirements today are grid-connected. It is also written in a very conversational style, with the author trying to make solar systems easier to understand by using ridiculous analogies such as trees and goats.

Mr. Pieper's humour is also rather poor. He tries to be funny, but falls flat on his face.

If you really are interested in designing and installing your own Solar PV system, I would advise staying well clear of this pathetic book.
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The dry German humour in this book provided an entertaining read from cover to cover. Very good analogies and gestalts make the comprehension pretty unforgettable. If all techies could write this way then maybe we could get ludites to read books.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Non-technical, entry-level solar electric book for beginners 24 Aug. 2000
By Neil Milani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a technically-oriented, DIY person and I was looking for a solar electric book to help me with my small-scale, residential installation. I already have most of the background on photovoltaic systems and needed more of a "Here's-how-you-do-it" book. Although amusing and easily read, I found this book useful for someone who is starting to think about solar power and needs a light hand to make them feel more at ease about what a system will and will not do. This is not a book for someone needing a DIY guide or a "How-to" manual. It's not a bad book - just not useful for my needs.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introducion 13 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a builder and owner of the Natural House. I reviewed Mr. Piepers book and found it an excellent introduction for entry level solar customers. My electrician says: "finally a book not clutterd with useless and too detailed information". Personally I like the humor in this book and give the book as a present to every home owner I build a house for. Thank you Mr. Pieper for the excellent work!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for novices - like me! 8 Jun. 2005
By blbkwrm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is silly and that is what helps me past the confusion of amps and watts and volts and cables. This is my most recent education in electrical engineering since fifth grade (and fixing some lamps and switches) and I am so glad I got this book and the installation manual.

Want to avoid mistakes. Some people may not like silly stories and humorous nonfiction. But for some of us, the humor both is illustrative, gives time to digest the technical ideas.

Great beginning book, does not scare me away from solar electric and that's exactly what I hoped for.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best solar book for beginners and very informative! 5 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best solar book I have read for the common person. Mr. Pieper clearly knows his field and presents the information in a fun and whimsical way. In the past I've gotten lost or bored within a couple of pages, but not in this case. I highly recommend this book if you are new to solar electricity.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good book for interface solar cells with auxilary equip 18 Mar. 2000
By Richard L. Kuhns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
good book for understanding specifying wiring, inverters, batteries, etc., but limited in regards to information about solar cells themselves--only about 2 pages out of 200 plus one page listing addresses and phone #'s of solar distributors.
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