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 Wind Energy Basics, Second Edition: A Guide to Home- and Community-Scale Wind-Energy Systems



Price: $20.76

Book Description

The availability of clean, renewable power is without question going to be the defining challenge and goal of the 21st century, and wind will lead the way.
Internationally acclaimed wind energy expert Paul Gipe is as soberly critical of past energy mistakes as he is convincingly optimistic about the future. The overwhelming challenge of transforming our world from one of fossil carbon to one of clean power seems daunting at best–and paralyzingly impractical at worst. Wind Energy Basics offers a solution.
Wind power can realistically not only replace the lion’s share of oil-, coal-, and naturalgas- fired electrical plants in the U.S., but also can add enough extra power capacity to allow for most of the cars in the nation to run on electricity. Gipe explains why such a startlingly straightforward solution is eminently doable and can be accomplished much sooner than previously thought–and will have the capacity to resuscitate small and regional economies.
Wind Energy Basics offers a how-to for home-based wind applications, with advice on which wind turbines to choose and which to avoid. He guides wind-energy installers through considerations such as renewable investment strategies and gives cautionary tales of wind applications gone wrong. And for the activist, he suggests methods of prodding federal, state, and provincial governments to promote energy independence.
“If you want straight talk on wind electricity, with no bull, seek out Paul Gipe. Not beholden to any company or segment of the industry, Paul tells it like it is. His no-nonsense book will steer you in the right direction–away from fantasy and failure and toward a successful wind-electric system.”–Ian Woofenden, Senior Editor, Home Power magazine

Customer Review

Windpower is freedom from fossil fuels !

“Fantastic and easy-to-read explanation of what can be done NOW to make our cities and countries free from fossil fuels.
As the title reveals, this is a Basic introduction without too many technical details of how a homeowner or small business / estate can go about ‘getting off the grid’, with many examples of who has done it, how they do it, and how they profit from it.
 Knowledge is power, so empower yourself by reading this and spreading the power of wind ! “

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Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence [Paperback]


Price: $18.05

“Authors Dan Chiras, Mick Sagrillo, and Ian Woofenden have addressed the needs of people seeking a clearly written, comprehensive guide to the small-scale wind arena.” Backhome Magazine

“Read no further than Power From the Wind by prolific writer and sustainable living practitioner Dan Chiras, with contributions by Mick Sagrillo and Ian Woofenden. This book helps you assess your energy needs, your site’s wind energy potential, and sort out every aspect of the design, purchase and installation of a small-scale, or residential wind system. Amazingly, it does so without demanding that you be  some technical tinkerer or electrical engineer.  – John Ivanko, Sustainablog

“What can the wind do for the world’s power problems? Power From The Wind discusses how people can use wind power to power their own homes on a small scale, reducing power consumption bills. Wind is cheap and renewable; to not harvest it for use is wasteful. Outlining how to get started harvesting wind power, author Dan Chiras answers many of the most commonly asked questions. Power From the Wind belongs in any collection for the environmentally thoughtful.” – James. A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

Faced with frequent power outages, skyrocketing energy costs, and constant reminders of the impacts of conventional energy sources, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently and to generate their own electricity to reduce fuel bills and their carbon footprint and to achieve greater independence.
 Power From the Wind is an easy-to-understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems and includes information on the following:

  •    Ways to assess wind resources at your site
  •    Wind turbines, towers, inverters, and batteries
  •    Installation, maintenance, and costs

This book is designed to help readers make the smartest, most economical choices. Readers will gain the knowledge they need to make wise decisions during the design, purchase, and installation of small wind energy systems and to communicate effectively with wind system installers.

Customer Review
Highly Recommend this Book!!!

“I am a 50 year old female who has no background in construction. I just bought acreage in Arizona and plan to build my retirement home. I want to live “off the grid” so have begun to research the various options available to me. I can’t recommend this book highly enough! It is so interestingly written that I actually don’t want to put it down….and I understand all of the issues and concepts that Dan Chiras discusses. What a wealth of knowledge he is, and he truly does have the gift of papering his expertise so that an average person can read and understand. Thank you Mr. Chiras!”

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Homebrew Wind Power [Paperback]


Price: $30.55

Book Description

A Hands-on Guide to Harnessing the Wind
Have you ever wondered how wind turbines work and why they look like they do? Are you interested in adding wind power to your off-grid electric system, but have been put off by the high cost of equipment and installation? Well, now you can build and install your own wind turbine!
Harnessing the wind can be a tricky business, but in this groundbreaking book the authors provide step-by-step, illustrated instructions for building a wind generator in a home workshop. Even if you don’t plan on building your own turbine, this book is packed with valuable information for anyone considering wind energy. It covers the basic physics of how the energy in moving air is turned into electricity, and most importantly, will give you a realistic idea of what wind energy can do for you–and what it can’t.
Full-scale, actual size blueprints for the 10-foot diameter wind turbine featured in this book are also available from Amazon to help you along in the construction process. Search Amazon books for “Homebrew Wind Power Blueprints” by Tyrone Banderet!

“If you’ve ever thought the wind could be as productive as it is annoying, get this remarkable book, apply its clear-cut principles and procedures, and brew up a wind turbine. In their clever and amusing way, Dan and Dan show you how to power your house with the same forces that rattle the windowpanes. Buy it–it’s the only book of its kind on planet Earth!” –Rex Ewing, author of Power with Nature, Got Sun? Go Solar, Hydrogen-Hot Stuff, Cool Science, and more.

Customer Review

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“This book is a must read if you want to build your own windmill. Even if you don’t want to build a windmill, you will learn tons about electricity and how small windmills work. This is a multi-discipline book, with information on steel fabrication, woodworking, magnets, electricity, wiring, and more. I bought this book after I read it because it is that good! It is easy to understand, and makes the project do-able.”

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Winds of Change: The Environmental Movement and the Global Development of the Wind Energy Industry [Hardcover]


Price: $61.00

Book Description

In recent decades the global wind energy industry has undergone explosive growth, and there is still vast potential for wind to supply more of the world’s energy. Though not only is wind power far from reaching its potential, its rise has been uneven and irregular. What factors influence the development of the wind energy industry, and why has it developed successfully in some places but not in others?
In Winds of Change, Ion Bogdan Vasi argues that the development of wind energy is dependent not only on improvements in technology and economic forces, but also in large part on the efforts of the environmental movement. Vasi defines and analyses three pathways through which the environmental movement has contributed to industry growth: it has influenced the adoption and implementation of renewable energy policies, created consumer demand for clean energy, and changed the institutional logics of the energy sector. Vasi uses quantitative analysis to present the big picture of global wind power development, and qualitative research to understand why certain countries are world leaders in wind energy while others are relatively underdeveloped. Through interviews with renewable energy professionals and campaigners, he shows that environmental groups and activists participated actively in energy policymaking, pressured various organizations to purchase wind power, and formed new companies that specialized in wind-farm development. He also demonstrates that environmentalists contributed to wind turbine manufacturing by becoming entrepreneurs, innovators, and advocates.

Winds of Change sheds much new light on how wind energy is adopted and why, and demonstrates how activists and social movements can contribute to the creation of new industries.

“Why does wind power stand out as one of the splashiest success stories in renewable energy but is so unevenly distributed across the globe? This imaginative yet systematic study shows that neither technology nor economic need are sufficient to turn wind potential into wind power. Vasi shows that it takes a combination of dedicated political elites, social movement activism, and positive political opportunities to produce ‘winds of change.”–Sidney Tarrow, Maxwell Upson Professor of Government and Sociology, Cornell University