One of the best ways to get power to remote, off-grid locations, whether in developed or developing countries, is through the use of solar electric systems. This practical guide describes how to plan, design and install solar electric systems in a manner that is hands-on, graphic and technically complete. Highly illustrated chapters cover:

  • solar energy basics
  • components of solar electric systems (modules, batteries, regulators, inverters and appliances)
  • installation practice
  • on planning and servicing systems
  • water pumping
  • refrigeration
  • village electrification.

This is the must-have guide for electric technicians and designers, development workers, and anyone who wants to install their own off-grid system.

chapter 2|16 pages

Fundamentals of Solar Energy

chapter 3|14 pages

Solar Cell Modules

chapter 4|20 pages


chapter 6|18 pages

Lamps and Appliances

chapter 7|20 pages

Wiring and Fittings

chapter 8|24 pages

Planning an Off-Grid Solar Electric System

chapter 9|24 pages

Installing Solar Electric Systems

chapter 11|22 pages

Basics of Large Off-Grid Systems

chapter 12|10 pages

Off-Grid PV and Solar Energy Resources