Power Up! The Smart Guide to Home Solar Power: How to Make a Wise Solar Investment

How would you like a $2 monthly electric bill? Here's how. Author Robert Brenner explains how to determine your power needs, select the right-sized system, find vendors, get proposals, analyze bids, select the best solar installer, fund the project, make milestone payments, and evaluate results. Three actual installation jobs are described (with photos) including savings on electrical bills. More

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About Robert C. Brenner

Robert Brenner is an engineer, consultant, college professor, historical genealogist, and professional speaker with extensive experience in research and information publishing. A retired naval officer with distinguished service in both nuclear submarines and microelectronic research and development, he holds a bachelor's degree (BSEE) and two master's degrees (MSEE, MSSM). He was recognized a Very High Speed Integrated Circuit (VHSIC) microelectronics pioneer by the DOD and served four years in R&D at TRW after a 23-year Navy career.

He is the author of 56 books including Going Solar: a Homeowner’s Experience, Power Up! The Smart Guide to Home Solar Power: How to Make a Wise Solar Investment, How to Construct (and Use) the 45W Harbor Freight Solar Kit, Supernatural & Strange Happenings in the Bible, and Supernatural & Strange Happenings in the Family. In addition, he has written over 275 articles including over 50 articles for Survival Life.com and Survivorpedia.

He taught computer technology and engineering subjects at the community college, university, and graduate school levels and has been a guest speaker at over 50 national conferences and symposiums. He is an avid supporter of solar technology and learns by doing. A futurist, he enjoys the challenge of research and is currently sharing his findings through his writing and public presentations. Professor Brenner can be reached at brennerbooks@san.rr.com.

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paulf50 reviewed on Jan. 12, 2014
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Power Up is a very clear and interesting journey into the why's and how's of residential solar installations. This good read is worthwhile for those planning to go solar, as well as anyone who wants to find out more before making that decision. Author and engineer Robert Brenner knows how to relay information in a comprehensive, yet interesting way. Good photos of the process of three residential applications really allows the reader to see what type of home and installation may fit their situation, including two that are almost invisible from the street for those who want to retain the character of their design architecture. Highly recommended, as it also provides guidance on whether Solar is right for you!
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