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Go Solar Without Big Daddy's Help

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Go Solar Without Big Daddy's Help

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If you've been dreaming of getting started with clean, green, solar energy on your own, then Go Solar Without Big Daddy's Help is for you. The age of alternative energy is upon us, and for do-it-yourselfers its now easier than ever. Small solar panel kits for under $400 are currently available at certain retail stores, with light-weight parts that are simple to set up in your own back yard.

In this short 32 page booklet, Doc Trager shows you how to assemble your own solar power generator at home, and use it to power three fun and interesting solar-powered projects:

1) Solar-powered kayak

2) Solar-powered water fall for fish pond

3) Solar-powered filtration for rain collected in commercially available rain barrels.

Using simple, step-by-step instructions, illustrated with color photos, "The Doc" makes it easy for you to create, and points out along the way that once you have the basics under your belt, there is no limit to the solar projects you can dream up and realize on your own.

If you've been dreaming of getting started with clean, green, solar energy on your own, then Go Solar Without Big Daddy's Help is for you. The age of alternative energy is upon us, and for do-it-yourselfers its now easier than ever. Small solar panel kits for under $400 are currently available at certain retail stores, with light-weight parts that are simple to set up in your own back yard.

In this short 32 page booklet, Doc Trager shows you how to assemble your own solar power generator at home, and use it to power three fun and interesting solar-powered projects:

1) Solar-powered kayak

2) Solar-powered water fall for fish pond

3) Solar-powered filtration for rain collected in commercially available rain barrels.

Using simple, step-by-step instructions, illustrated with color photos, "The Doc" makes it easy for you to create, and points out along the way that once you have the basics under your belt, there is no limit to the solar projects you can dream up and realize on your own.

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    Did you know you can start harvesting sunlight for electricity from your own backyard, right now, without being an electrician or engineer? And you don't have to wait around for big government, small government, or your local power company to get started. It's true! Kits are now available providing free electricity from small, lightweight, solar panels that are easier to assemble by far than most put-together furniture or large package toys.

    I know, because I use these kits for my business installing small solar powered pumps for fish pond waterfalls and rain cistern filtration and circulation for stored landscape irrigation water.

    One kit fits in a box 3 ft long, 12 in. wide, and 18 in. high, so you can take it camping to power lap tops, DVD players, night lights and fans, in the middle of the wilderness, far from any municipal power company.

    I also explore Florida wetlands in my solar-powered kayak. Don't worry; I'm not totally, sinfully, lazy! I still paddle around in kayaks too, but either way, its clean, quiet, free energy I'm using.

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  • Geoffrey Crossland Trager, Marine Biologist and Nature Tour Guide was born in Washington D.C., on November 30, 1954. As the son of university professors whose lifestyles included world-wide travel and frequent relocation by choice, Geoffrey's education and upbringing included diverse experiences ranging in locale from California, Texas, and New York to a year in Israel and summers in Mexico and Europe.

    He attended the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a Biology degree in 1976. His work experience after that was varied, including snake collecting in the Mexican desert, research on wild bees in Utah, and scuba diving beneath offshore oil drilling rigs in southern California.

    In 1985 he went back to school at the University of Southern California, using his research and diving skills to study marine organisms living at hot springs (hydrothermal vents) in the ocean. He received a Master of Science degree in Marine Biology for this work.

    Geoffrey moved to Massachusetts in 1987 to continue his education at Boston University, where he learned special techniques of underwater cinematography (infra-red laser technology for filming sea creatures at night). He met and married Lucretia Thomas in 1989 while working on his doctoral thesis at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, completing the Ph.D. program in 1991.

    Post doctoral work included submarine dives in the Red Sea, in Egypt and Israel, research and lecturing at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and publication of numerous articles in scientific journals.

    Currently, Dr. Geoff resides in southwest Florida, where he owns two independent enterprises that he began in Naples in 2000. He operates an eco-tour business, taking people out into the local mangrove islands by kayak, and also works as a Scientific Consultant for Rookery Bay National Research Reserve, The City of Naples, and general clientele.

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  • —William R. Potter for Reader's Choice Reviews

    With global attitudes shifting away from dependence on fossil fuel-based energy, it is surprising that solar energy, the cleanest, cheapest energy source, isn't more popular. Geoff Trager is trying to change this mindset with his book, Go Solar Without Big Daddy's Help.

    Trager packs a great deal of information in these 30 or so pages. His easy-to-understand language is peppered throughout with his keen sense of humour. The book features four solar-powered projects that anyone with basic do-it-yourself skills can accomplish in a weekend. He lists everything you need to get started, how much the parts will cost, and where to get the parts from, including websites, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers for part suppliers. The step-by-step directions are detailed and easy to follow with ample photos to keep you on track with each project.

    We begin with the "Solar Power Generator" with 12 volt battery charger. Five simple steps and your generator is tapping the sun's unlimited resources and charging a 12-volt battery to use in applications around the home, boat, RV, or automobile. Trager has even included the proper direction and the optimum angle for pointing the solar panel for catching sunlight during peak sun hours, depending if you live in the southern or northern hemisphere.

    The next project is a solar-powered kayak. Again, Trager uses simple directions to get you out on the water safely, affordably and quickly in a quiet, energy-efficient, motorized kayak. The procedure could be modified for a small rowboat if one prefers.

    Next up, the power generator is used to power the water pump in waterfalls for a small goldfish/koi pond. Then it's a garden irrigation system in which water is stored in rain barrels. The water is kept fresh and ready for use with a circulation pump/bio filter run off the solar generator.

    The uses for this generator are limited only by your imagination. All the sun-powered projects in the book can be started for less than $500 with no training or licenses required, enabling a greater independence from power companies. This book could also be ideal for classes studying alternative energy sources.

    If you are handy with tools, have some basic electrical knowledge, and are looking for some interesting projects certain to have the neighbors stopping by for a look, then I highly recommend Go Solar Without Big Daddy's Help.

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