Chapter one

Considering the Solar Alternative


This chapter introduces the considerations important in understanding the prerequisites prior to purchasing and installing a solar domestic hot water or photovoltaic system. Alternative energy concepts are defined, and the chapter elaborates upon the sequential information contained throughout the book relative to the practical economic applications of solar domestic hot water and photovoltaic systems. Topics such as energy cost comparisons, proper siting and sizing of systems, availability of solar insolation, component configurations, operating fundamentals, and the feasibility to use alternative energy systems versus conventional systems are addressed. Specific arguments against the use of ...

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