Grid Connected Solar Electric Systems
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Grid Connected Solar Electric Systems



Grid Connected Solar Electric Systems by Geoff Stapleton and Susan Neill | PDF Free Download. The Earthscan Expert Handbook for Planning, Design and Installation.

Preface to Grid Connected Solar Electric Systems


The worldwide market for grid-connected solar electric systems has increased from 1.55 gigawatts (GW) installed in 2006 to 11.86GW in 2010.

This 2010 figure represents an increase of 665 per cent over the 2006 figure.

It is to be expected that the general public as well as tradesmen, technicians and other professionals will need information about all aspects of grid-connected solar as they see these systems installed in their suburbs and on larger roof spaces; they will also wish to know how it affects their lives.

In the absence of basic technology and installation information, how and why gridconnected solar electric systems work and the value they can represent for the electricity grid may be misrepresented.

As can be seen by the increase in the grid-connected solar electric market, the technology and production of solar modules and enabling products (e.g. inverters, mounting structures etc.) are now mature;

Product demand has been increasing from year to year with healthy forward projections, so many more manufacturers have moved into this technology market, driving prices down;

Governments around the world have introduced various economic drivers for renewable energy, with those affecting solar electric systems being typically subsidies, feed-in tariffs and redeemable renewable energy credits.

Global Sustainable Energy Solutions was pleased to be approached by Earthscan to write this book now, because the market demand for the product clearly demonstrates a need for information at all levels.

This book is suitable for anyone wanting to learn about grid-connected solar electric systems starting with the explanation of solar radiation, its origin, solar modules, solar electric systems, system composition, system installation, through to the economics of these systems.

Global Sustainable Energy Solutions was pleased to be approached by Earthscan to write this book now, because the market demand for the product clearly demonstrates a need for information at all levels.

This book is suitable for anyone wanting to learn about grid-connected solar electric systems starting with the explanation of solar radiation, its origin, solar modules, solar electric systems, system composition, system installation, through to the economics of these systems.

Thanks are due to a number of people who have contributed time and/or information during the evolution of this book:

Caitlin Trethewy, who has worked from day one on this publication collecting information, researching, writing content and progressively editing the chapters to completion;

the staff at Global Sustainable Energy Solutions Pty Ltd who have contributed to the book development; Pamela Silva for her contribution while in Australia from the US;

Anthony Allen for his technical drawing skills; all image providers, whom we trust are correctly acknowledged; the companies and individuals who have provided us with case study information and photos as follows:

Blair Reynolds, BMC Solar (www.bmcsolar. com), Briana Green and Green Solar Group (www.greensolargroup.com.au), Frank Jackson, Paul Barwell, Tony J. Almond and Planet Energy Solutions (www.planetenergy.co.uk).

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