Book Reviews

Published on November 26th, 2014 | by Glenn Meyers


Updated Sourcebook for Solar Living Enthusiasts

I recently announced publication of the 14th edition of Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook. Having now reviewed it, I am happy to report that this is an excellent tome to have in your renewable energy library.


Written first in 1982, John Schaeffer’s sourcebook has been regularly updated to meet the information demand of solar living and building enthusiasts. This 463-page book, published by New Society Publishers, does not disappoint. Schaeffer is the founder of Real Goods, an international source for renewable energy information and tools. He is credited with pioneering solar technology in North America, having overseen some 150 MW of solar power to “solarize” over 18,000 homes. That is a great credit in championing clean and sustainable power.


Dawn of the Solar Age

“I’ve mused about the ‘dawn of the solar age’ for 37 years, writes Schaeffer in his introduction, “and finally, it’s true.” Schaeffer points to last year in the United States, where a record 4.7 gigawatts of solar was installed, bringing the total to over 10 gigawatts, enough to power over 1.64 million homes. His data is impressive and encouraging to read, especially for families, builders, architects, and communities wanting to leave a green building footprint.

If you or yours want to be up to date on the current state of solar power in America, pick up the Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook so you have it on hand for friends, family, or peers. You’ll be glad you did.


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About the Author

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.

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