Helpful Links

Good Solar links will be added here on a regular basis.

All these links are just what DIY solar enthusiasts should read!

Please check back often!

If you are TOTAL NEWBIE to solar, then this video is a Must-watch to get the basics burned in your brain!!

Objectives and Task Analysis for the Solar Photovoltaic System Installer, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners®:

Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 29 Part 1926 – Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

Electrical Safety in the Workplace, NFPA 70E, National Fire Protection Association:

Photovoltaic Systems, 2007, by Jim Dunlop. ISBN 978-0-8269-1287-9, National Joint Apprenticeship and Training

Committee and American Technical Publishers:

Photovoltaics Design and Installation Manual, 2007. ISBN 978-0-86571-520-2, Solar Energy International:

Photovoltaic Power Systems and the 2005 National Electrical Code: Suggested Practices, February 2005, by John Wiles. SAND2005-0342, New Mexico State University/Southwest Technology Development Institute and Sandia National Laboratories:

Roofing Construction and Estimating, 6th Printing, 2006. ISBN 978-1-57218-007-9, Craftsman Book Company:

Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, 2nd Edition, 2004, by Roger Messenger and Jerry Ventre. ISBN 0-8493-1793-2, CRC Press LLC:\

Soares Book on Grounding and Bonding, 10th Edition, 2008, ISBN 1-890659-47-9. International Association of Electrical Inspectors:

A Guide to Photovoltaic System Design and Installation, by Bill Brooks. California Energy Commission Consultant Report 500-01-020, June 2001:

Battery Service Manual, 12th Edition, Battery Council International:

Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems: A Handbook of Recommended Design Practices, SAND87-7023, Sandia National Laboratories:

Working Safely with Photovoltaic Systems, January 1999, Sandia National Laboratories:

Solar America Board for Codes and Standards:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Website:

Sandia National Laboratories Photovoltaics Website:


Precision Resistors:

Southwest Technology Development Institute, PV Codes and Standards Website by John Wiles:

Interstate Renewable Energy Council Website:

Environmental Science Degrees website:

IAEI News, International Association of Electrical Inspectors,

PHOTON International Magazine :

Home Power Magazine:

Solar Pro Magazine:

Solar Today Magazine:

Tax Incentives for Solar Installations:

Ohio Solar Grant Status as of 1-2011: Solar Grant Status as of 1-2011

Here is where you sign up with PUCO as a Renewable Energy Generating Facility: EL-REN APPLICATION

Here is where you sign up to register and track your SRECs: PJM-EIS-GATS

GATS User Guide – step by step – how to register, use and sell your SRECS: GATS User Guide


The “Connected Home” of the future: Read about it here!

If you are an MBA and want a good decision guide to calculate if/when to purchase solar just click here!

Your Green Dream: DIY projects for solar, wind, hydro, fuel cells and more!

Good info link on general solar facts, including panel review by type:

Worlds most efficient AIR CONDITIONER/Heater runs on 4 solar panels – 18,000 BTU!! Solar powered, 20SEER HVAC!!!

Free NEC Reference Links: NEC info Links

Guide to Photovoltaic design and installation: CA Consultant Report

American Solar Energy Society (ASES):

Interstate Renewable Energy Council : monthly “Connecting to the grid” newsletter

US Department of Energy Programs: DOE Solar Programs

VERY cool solar “design tool”:

Masterbond clear epoxy for “DIY” solar panels – the latest stuff! click here

ENF – A compendium of great solar links:

Water softeners that do not require salt are not all the same. See the best at:

Solar Energy Ontario:

Solar energy lighting guide (for rookies) Solar energy lighting guide

Everything you need to know (for a few bucks) to build a Solar Heater Click Here!

Everything you need to know (for a few bucks) about solarClick Here!

Nothing like using the RIGHT tools for the job! Diamond blade

Mike Holt Consulting: Fantastic info Source on NEC and Solar!

Awesome site for Renewable Energy links!

INCREDIBLE deals on reconditioned Flooded Lead Acid batteries: Evergreen Resources LLC

Great Ontario based solar company Strathcona Solar Initiatives


The Sun and Solar Power Energy FACTS: The Sun & Solar Power Energy Facts

STION thin film modules FACTS: STION homepage and products

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