Off-grid electricity generated with Renewable Energy is a great way of getting power where you want it. Whether you want a small amount of power to provide lighting for a remote shed or barn, or to power an electrified fence for livestock management, or have bigger aspirations, such as providing all your electricity needs for an off-grid home, renewable energy can be a very effective way of providing power where you want it.
Introducing Renewable Energy describes the different options for generating electricity with renewable energy, and explains how to evaluate the various options, including how to evaluate your site, measuring the potential power available and looking at options for energy storage and use.
Introducing Renewable Energy covers wind, solar PV and hydro-electricity. It discusses the individual components that make up a renewable energy system and explains how they are put together. Specification sheets for turbines and solar panels are shown and their contents described, so that you can read the sales brochures and understand exactly what you are getting and know the questions to ask.
If your electricity needs are small, and you enjoy the challenge of building something yourself, building your own renewable energy system can be immensely rewarding. The book includes two chapters showing specific installations: installing solar PV onto a roof of a caravan or RV, and installing a small wind turbine in an open field. Safety issues and risks are also discussed, to help you build a system that not only works, but remains safe at all times.