Renewable energy made simple

  For most people, living with the energy supplied by Mother Nature is more noble aspiration than practical reality.

But thanks to Rex Ewing’s new book, Power With Nature: Solar and Wind Energy Demystified, everyone who embraces renewable energy in theory but not in practice, is now officially out of excuses. Ewing tackles a complex, technical subject and serves it up in an easy-to-digest, fun-to-read book that shows how anyone can harness the power of the wind, water and sun.

Whether you’re thinking about going green and living off-grid, interested in a grid intertie system, or just want to carry on an intelligent conversation over a couple of cold sun teas, this book is packed with practical information on everything from sizing a system to buying components.

Ewing not only writes a good line, he lives one, and the experience he and his wife got when they designed and installed the solar and wind system that powers their 2,000 square foot home — jam-packed with modern conveniences — shines through on every page.

The book is liberally sprinkled with anecdotes and true stories, and loaded with helpful charts, graphs, appendices and tables, as well as illustrations.

For the rest of us plugged-in mortals, it’s a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.