Our guest, Dr. Joshua Pearce has a DIY approach to solar that he recently described in an article on Earth911, DIY Solar Now To Pocket Profits From Solar Energy. Solar installations are a powerful step toward reducing your carbon footprint, but it is a big investment that many Americans are hard-pressed to make. Only about 6% of U.S. homes have installed solar, according to Pew Research. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that switching homes from oil and gas-generated power to solar could save the U.S. $1.7 trillion in reduced energy and health care costs by 2050. The question is how more of us can get solar installed at affordable costs, and Pearce’s new book, To Catch the Sun, offers an answer: DIY installation instructions.
Pearce is the Thompson Chair in Information Technology and Innovation at the Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership & Innovation, Ivey Business School and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Western University in London, Ontario. Joshua co-wrote To Catch the Sun with Lonny Grafman, an internationally renowned solar hacker. The book is a free, open-access e-book that promises to help readers install solar by half, making solar available for $2 per watt or less.