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Re: [alternativeenergy-45] Reading Sub-Group for NYC Alternative Energy Group

From: Evan
Sent on: Friday, October 5, 2007 10:44 AM
Dear Mr. Howell,

I am seeking information about what would be considered a good standard solar energy company to use for a large solar power station.

Would you have any ideas/ names of companies or can you help give me a contact person who might have such knowledge?

Many thanks,
Evan Weisz

John Howell <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello Everybody,

It was suggested in the past that a reading sub-group be formed to study jointly one book on alternative energy. Below are six candidate books. Three are on technology, and three are on business. Let me know if any of these books are of interest to you. If you feel strongly about another candidate, let us all know.

I'll let the members decide, but for me the best choice would be something like the Boyle text written for the U.S. If anybody knows of one, let us know.

Category ONE: Technology

(1) Renewable Energy
by Godfrey Boyle;
Oxford Univ Press, 2004; price on $47.84;
*This is an excellent college level (undergraduate) text that covers all the basic technologies with vitually no mathematics. It is a British text. Hence, most of the examples are European.

(2) Renewable Energy, third edition
by Bent Sorenson;
Academic Press, 2004; price on $67.66;
*This is a well-known and highly rated engineering text that covers all the basic technologies rigorously. There are a few differential equations; not many, but a few. The level is upper undergraduate or graduate.

(3) Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes
by Aldo V. da Rosa;
Academic Press, 2005; price on $71.02;
*Another rigorous engineering level text covering the fundamentals arranged not by technologies but by energy source. The level is upper undergraduate or graduate.

Category TWO: Business

(4) Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage
by Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston;
Yale Univ Press, 2006; price on $18.15;
*This is focused on decision makers in existing businesses, but it has some lessons for the rest of us as well.

(5) The Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity
by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder;
Collins, 2007; price on $17.79;
*The perspective for investors and VCs;

(6) Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry
by Travis Bradford;
MIT Press, 2006; price on $16.47

Let everyone know what you think.



John Howell

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