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Power From the Sun

Power From the Sun
A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity?
By Chiras, Dan
Book – 2016

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LEED Green

Guide to the LEED Green Associate Exam
By Cottrell, Michelle
Book – 2014

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Solar Electricity

Solar Electricity Handbook A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy : How to Design and Install Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems By Boxwell, Michael Book – 2015

If you are planning to put solar panels up, this is the most practical current advice I know of. The book is well written, and seems to tell you soup-to-nuts how to choose and size your components, whether you want to be off the grid, or tied to the grid and selling your (occasional) surplus power. The author is British, but the advice seems to be good for North America and Australia too.

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Data Center

The Art of the Data Center [a Look Inside the World’s Most Innovative and Compelling Computing Environments] By Alger, Douglas (Book – 2013 )

Architects will want to read this book, which showcases several data centers worldwide. Among other things, it discusses LEED and green technologies such as solar power and geothermal cooling. On that theme it mentions server consolidation using virtualization. In the midwest, data centers are tornado proof. In Sweden, a data center is in a re-purposed nuclear bunker! System admins will not find useful info in this book.

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Renewable The World-changing Power

Renewable The World-changing Power of Alternative Energy By Shere, Jeremy (Book – 2013)

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High Voltage

High Voltage – The Fast Track to Plug in the Auto Industry, Jim Motavalli, – 2011

Electric car enthusiasts will want to read this book, as will anyone interested in the future of transportation. Hard cover, very readable, 200 pages.

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Techno-fix

Techno-fix – Why Technology Won’t save Us or the Environment, Michael Huesemann, – 2011

400 pages.

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Home, Sweet Zero Energy Home

Home, Sweet Zero Energy Home – What It Takes to Develop Great Homes That Won’t Cost Anything to Heat, Cool or Light Up, Without Going Broke or Crazy, Barry Rehfeld, – 2011

Homeowners will want to read this very practical book before they plan their new home or talk with building contractors. 300 pages.

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The Smart Guide to Geothermal

The Smart Guide to Geothermal – How to Harvest Earth’s Free Energy for Heating & Cooling, Donal Lloyd, 2011

This book is for the homeowner who is looking to improve the heating and cooling systems. Geothermal is the way to go, if you can. This book discusses the benefits and the costs. It also lists suppliers in North America. Unfortunately, this book is not for the Do-It-Yourselfer. 180 pages.

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Maintaining Mountain Bikes

Maintaining Mountain Bikes – The Do-it-yourself Guide, Melanie Allwood, 2010

You want your bicycle to work well and last for many years, so read this excellent book. The new technology includes hydraulic disc brakes and air suspension. Large format, 200 pages.