Solar energy is the world’s fastest-growing electricity source. Markets across different industries continue to contribute and invest in its development in terms of variation, costing, installation, and operation, among others. However, along with this growth is also the increase of widespread information about what it is and the pros & cons. 

That is why as part of the initiative of Solar Works, listed as follows on this page are some of the five best and reliable books on solar energy. Whether you are interested in its history or how to install it correctly, you can find what you are looking for below. 

  1. From Space to Earth: The Story of Electricity 


  • Author: John Perlin 
  • Published date: Nov. 30, 2002
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • No. of pages: 240

From the critically acclaimed author of ‘A Golden Thread: 2,500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology’, this beautiful book tracks down photovoltaic’s evolution. He researched its rise in the 19th century and how it has grown to be the most studied and used in the space programme. You will know about the pioneers of solar cells and which markets and national governments have jumped to their potential use through research and legal policies. 

  1. Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home


  • Author: Joseph Burdick and Philip Schmidt
  • Published date: June 30, 2017
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing
  • No. of pages: 200

While solar panels are often installed by licensed electrical contractors, Burdick and Schmidt focus on the very popular common saying of ‘do it yourself’. In the 200 pages, they informatively explained the following major topics: 

  • About the installation of panels on the roof or near the ground
  • What are the important steps in making battery banks 
  • How to correctly wire and fit the whole setup to get a hassle-free ‘off grid’ solution.
  1. Solar Electricity Handbook Review


  • Author: Michael Boxwell
  • Published date: Jan. 7, 2019
  • Publisher: Greenstream Publishing
  • No. of pages: 271

One of the struggles in learning solar energy is its overly complicated scientific terms. So, if you are an interested beginner without any extensive scientific background, here is the book for you. Thanks to Boxwell’s talent in simplifying this field, you would certainly consider his work a great introduction, tips and strategies. 

  1. Solar & 12 Volt Power for Beginners Book Review


  • Author: George Eccleston
  • Published date: Aug. 14, 2017
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • No. of pages: 92

Like Boxwell’s introductory niche, Eccleston’s 92-page work excellently explained technical terms and in-depth diagrams about both small and large solar projects. He also covered many of the field’s different applications. 

  1. The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future


  • Author: Hermann Scheer
  • Published date: May 1, 2004
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • No. of pages: 368

Renewable energy from renewable sources like solar and wind are among the most effective and looked forward to alternatives to the exploitation of fossil fuels. Scheer explains in this extensive work how the world’s alarming rates of consumption threaten climate change, thus resulting in massive environmental and social disruption.

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