References and Tools For DIY Solar Projects

Design reference data for building DIY solar, renewable energy, and energy conservation projects.

Books, websites, publications,  analysis tools, material properties, and information that you may find helpful in building your own solar and renewable energy projects.

Note that some of the companies listed under  "Solar Suppliers" provide extensive technical data.

All Around Solar Refs & Pubs

Solar Publications, Websites, & News Solar Associations

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Cutting energy use in half

Climate Change & The Environment Energy Fairs, Events, Workshops
Solar Analysis Solar Engineering Books and References Sun Charts & Position, Collector Aiming, Climatic & Radiation, Wind, Overhangs Home Energy simulations and heat loss. 

Estimating Solar Fraction.
Window Analysis and Selection  Estimate Greenhouse Gas  Emissions
Plumbing, Pipes, Pumps, ... Sizing Pipes, Ducts, Fans, HVAC, heaters,... Electrical, Wire, Motors, ... Heat Transfer Analysis Fuel Data  and Energy Conversion

 

Solar Collector Design, Ratings, & Certification Heat Exchanger Design Measuring Collector Output and Efficiency Measurements & Instruments Solar Program Code

 

Calculators Insulation Upgrade Calculator Home Heat Loss
 
Fuel Comparison Calculator Solar
Water
Heater
Collector Efficiency Calculator
Window Shutter Condensation Calculator Collector Fin Efficiency Calculator      
Material Properties Glazing, Plastics, Pipe, Insulation, wood, ... Emissivity of Materials R Values    

Appliance Energy Info

Energy Efficient Appliances        
Solar Incentive Programs Government Energy Incentive Programs        
Renewable Energy Product
 Suppliers
Renewable Suppliers -- All Categories        
Other Good non-solar DIY (and other) Sites