Great Solar Energy Gifts for Christmas

Why choose a solar-power gift?

Perhaps you know someone who has expressed an interest in solar energy. Why not give them a gift of solar power -- perhaps on the pages of a book that explains how solar energy can be transformed into electrical energy, or in a practical reference book on home solar power systems, or in a solar-powered gadget.

This holiday season arrived with growing worries about global warming. More people are concerned about building a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren. Many are looking for ways to reduce their electric bills and lessen their personal contribution to greenhouse gases.

Your gift may put someone in your life on their path toward renewable energy and reduced electric bills.

Your gift to a child will help him or her learn about solar power power.

Here are ten books on solar power. They range from from kids' books to basic explanatory books to comprehensive and detailed guides on home solar power systems.

2 Gift Books on Solar Energy for Kids

  1. Solar Power: Energy for Today by Tea Benduhn. (2008) 24 pages -- for kids aged 9-12.

  1. Green Power Solar & Wind Power by Peter Lerangis. (2009) 64 pages -- another book for kids. board book including parts for a solar-powered car.

8 Solar Energy Books for Adults

  1. Solar Power Your Home for Dummies by Rik DeGunther. (2007) 384 pages -- a “dummies” handbook -- an introduction for the non-technical person.
  2. Renewable Energy Made Easy by David Craddock. (2008) pages -- a good overview of the sources of renewable energy.
  3. Power to Change the World: alternative Energy and the Rise of the Solar City by S.L. Klein. (2008) 372 pages -- takes you through the development of electric power to solar power and discusses a wide range of energy issues.
  4. Solar Energy Projects for the Evil Genius by Gavin Harper. (2007) 196 pages -- part of the Evil Genius book series; suggests 50 different types of solar energy projects.
  5. New Solar Electric Home: The Complete Guide to Photovoltaics for Your Home by Joel Davidson and Fran Orner. (2008) 471 pages -- takes you through the process of going solar, from making the decision to sizing, selecting, installing, and maintaining your system.
  6. Solar Handbook: A Simple, Practical Guide to sing Electric Solar Panels and Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar PV systems by Michael Boxwell. (2009) 150 pages -- book and related website assume no previous knowledge of solar panels; includes details, and calculators.
  7. Real Goods Solar Living Source Book-Special 30th Anniversary Edition: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living by John Schaeffer, President and founder of Real Goods the oldest and largest catalog company devoted to the sale and service of renewable energy products,
  8. Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual by Solar Energy International. (2004) 336 pages.

More by this Author


Why are you interested in solar power? 3 comments

TnFlash profile image

TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Great Hub! I wish I had found this Hub before Christmas instead of after. I'll book mark it for later.


scheng1 6 years ago

Phew, I thought you are going to suggest paying for roof top solar panels! That will be extremely expensive gift.


John Dove profile image

John Dove 6 years ago Author

Now that WOULD be a generous gift -- paying for a solar system for you that special person.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working