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Table of Contents "Dog of the Sun. Cat of the Wind." A Primer Disguised as a Fable Beyond the Grid 1 A New Philosophy of Freedom 2 Grid-Tie OR Off-Grid 3 Beginning considerations Design Ideas for Passive Solar, Plus Locating the Equipment Designing for Efficiency & Comfort with Passive Solar Techniques | Non-Living Spaces | Solar and Wind Considerations | Evaluating Your Electrical Demands 4 Sizing the System A Short, No-Tooth-Pulling Course on Practical Electricity Beyond Ohm's Law | 12, 24, 48 Volts, Or More? | How Many Batteries? 5 Solar Photovoltaic Modules How to Capture Rays of Sunshine Types of Solar Modules | Finding a Place for the Array | Tilt Angle of the Array | Mounting the Modules | Wiring the Array | Leaving Room to Grow 6 Wind Turbines Making Good Use of the Stuff of Clouds How Much Wind is Enough? | Old Technology Versus New | AC or DC? | Towers | Looking Deeper 7 Micro-Hydro power Developing a Meaningful Relationship With Gravity Sizing Up the Possibilities | Components in Context | Getting Down To Particulars 8 Charge Controllers Processing Your Batteries' Diet Battery Charging | Equalization of Batteries | A Charge Controller for the Wind Generator | Other Uses for Charge Controllers | Look Around 9 Batteries Care and Feeding of the Beasts that Hold Your Sunshine The Right Batteries for the Job | Pampering Your Batteries | The Battery Box | Wiring the Batteries 10 Inverters The Last Stop on the DC Trail Sine Waves and Inverters | Inverter Functions | Grid Intertie Inverters 11 Putting It All Together - Safely Protecting You and Your System from Nature, and Each Other Grounding & Bonding | Lightning Protection | DC Disconnect | Wiring It Safely 12 Heating of House and Water Staying Warm Without Busting the Energy Bank Propane Wall Heaters | Forced Air Heat | Heating with Hot Water | Wood & Corn Stoves | Domestic Hot Water | Curt & Kelly's Excellent Solution 13 Pumping Water Getting It From the Ground to Your House, Without Overtaxing the System Should You Install A Cistern? | Well Pumps: AC & DC 14 Final Thoughts Changing With The Weather-A Metaphor Acknowledgments Appendices Appendix A: Checklist of Equipment Metric Conversion Factors Notes on Appliances Appendix B: Comparison of PV/Wind Quotations Appendix C: System Sizing Insolation Maps Your Electrical Needs Worksheet Solar Array Sizing Worksheet Battery Sizing Worksheet Appendix D: Electrical Formulas & Helpful Information Wire Size/Line Loss Tables 12-volt 24-volt 48-volt Appendix E: Resources Appendix F: General Bibliography Appendix G: Recommended Reading Glossary Index
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