The search for a good book is over with our top 12 list of must read books on renewable energy!
1) Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit by Tom Rand
This book appeals to a wide range of readers: from those who want to gain a deep understanding of new alternative energy technologies to those who just want to just get a quick glimpse of this subject. The book is very engaging while at the same time very educational. Specifically, it provides a look at 10 topics: solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, hydropower, ocean, smart buildings, transportation, efficiency and conservation, and the energy internet.
2) Hot Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman is best known for his number one bestseller The World is Flat. His new book Hot, Flat and Crowded is another hit. Friedman explores two major issues: America’s loss of national purpose after 9/11 and the global environmental crisis. He examines how the solutions to these two problems are linked and “makes it clear that the green revolution we need is like no revolution the world has seen.” This book provides great insight about what is in store in the future.
3) The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower by Dan Chiras
This book is a great resource for homeowners who are looking to cut their energy bills and save money. It gives homeowners ideas on how to incorporate green energy technology into their homes so that they are not so dependent on expensive energy options such as oil and natural gas. Homeowners will learn how to effectively heat and cool their homes, to provide hot water and electricity and to cook using renewable energy. It is highly recommended for people who want to reduce their environmental footprint.
4) Smart Power: An Urban Guide to Renewable Energy and Efficiency by William Kemp
Another book that offers solutions on how to achieve energy efficiency. However, it does not focus only on improvements that can be made in the home; it offers ways that renewable energy technologies can be adopted without making drastic lifestyle changes. The book shows people how helping the environment will save them money and can be done easily.
5) Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties by Vaclav Smil
The book provides a great analysis of the complex energy issues and challenges that the world is facing. It looks at the factors which have led to the energy shortage and how it affects the economy, quality of life, and the environment. The author also provides the pros and cons of using fossil fuels as well as alternative energy sources such as hydroenergy, biomass energy, wind power, and solar power.
6) Renewable Energy: Market & Policy Trends in IEA Countries by International Energy Agency
The International Energy Agency (IEA) published this document to examine how IEA countries have introduced policies to transition to renewable energy sources. It evaluates the success of different measures that have been established and also looks at how to increase the use of renewables.
7) Renewables Information 2011: With 2010 Data by International Energy Agency
It presents useful statistics on renewable and waste energy sources to help with market analysis and policy decisions.
8) Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy Second Edition by Greg Pahl
An informative look at the biodiesel industry and its rapid growth within the past few years. The second edition has been updated to include recent developments in the industry including expansion to more than 80 countries. It also explores the new social and environmental criticisms faced by the industry.
9) Profiting from Clean Energy by Richard Asplund
It provides an easy way for investors to quickly become experts in the clean energy industry and discover its many exciting investment opportunities.
10) The Clean Tech Revolution by Ron Pernick
This book provides an explanation of how green technology is moving into mainstream business and how it is seen as the next source for economic growth. It focuses on eight major clean technology sectors: solar power, wind power, biofuels, green buildings, personal transportation, the smart grid, mobile applications and water filtration. It also presents six major forces that is pushing the growth: costs, capital, competition, China, consumers and climate.
11) Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, Second Edition by Godfred Boyle
An excellent resource for learning about the different types of renewable energy sources such as solar, bioenergy, hydro, tidal, wind, wave, and geothermal. It presents concepts in a detailed manner by using illustrations, tables of data and case studies. While the data provided is primarily from the UK, it is still valuable for its in-depth look at the technology behind varying energy sources; their environmental impacts and what lies ahead in the future.
12) Renewable Energy - Facts and Fantasies by Craig Shields
The #1 best-selling energy book on Amazon and is a definite must read. It was written by 2GreenEnergy.com founder, Craig Shields. It explores the reasons for moving to renewable energy and the difficulties encountered in this process. It provides a good review of where the renewable energy industry is and where it will be heading in the future by compiling 25 interviews with a broad range of specialists in the field.