Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook: Your Complete Guide to Living Beyond the Grid with Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living (Paperback)

Your Complete Guide to Living Beyond the Grid with Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living

By John Schaeffer

New Society Publishers, 9780865717848, 528pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2014

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Description

What book would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? Widely regarded as the "bible" of off-grid living, Real Goods Solar Living Source Book might be your best choice. With over six hundred thousand copies in print worldwide, it is the most comprehensive resource available for anyone interested in lessening their environmental footprint or increasing their energy independence.

The Solar Living Sourcebook, Fourteenth Edition is the ultimate guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, natural and green building, off-grid living, and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. This fully revised and updated edition includes brand new sections on permaculture and urban homesteading and completely rewritten chapters on solar technology, sustainable transportation, and relocalization. It also boasts greatly expanded material on:

  • Natural building
  • Permaculture and biodynamics
  • Electric and biofuel-powered vehicles
  • Passive solar
  • Solar water heating
  • Grid-tie photovoltaic systems

--plus maps, wiring diagrams, formulae, charts, electrical code, solar sizing worksheets, and much more.

Whether you're a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the Sourcebook puts the latest research and information at your fingertips--everything you need to know to make sustainable living a reality.

John Schaeffer is the president and founder of Real Goods--the foremost global source for tools and information on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living. Since 1978, through Real Goods, he has pioneered solar technology in North America, providing over one hundred and fifty megawatts of solar power and helping to solarize over eighteen thousand homes.



About the Author

John Schaeffer is the president and founder of Real Goods - the foremost global source for tools and information on renewable energy, energy-efficient and sustainable living. He sold the very first photovoltaic (solar module) to the North American public in 1978 and over the years, through Real Goods, he has provided over 100 MW of solar power and has helped solarize over 15,000 homes. John is also the founder of the Solar Living Institute, based at the 12-acre solar-powered Solar Living Center in Hopland, California. The SLI hosts over 200,000 visitors a year, provides hands-on education into all aspects of renewable energy and sustainable living, and produces the SolFest renewable energy fair.
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