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This compilation updates Library of Congress Science Tracer Bullet 92-4, emphasizing the literature on three solar topics--passive solar architecture, photovoltaics, and solar thermal engineering. However, many of the sources listed in the Abstracting and Indexing Services Section also provide references to literature on other aspects of solar energy and its applications. Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this guide is designed--as the name of the series implies--to put the readers “on target.”



Hoffman, Allan R. Solar energy. In Macmillan encyclopedia of energy, v. 3. New York, Macmillan Reference USA, 2001. p. 1050-1063.
   TJ163.28.M33 2001 <SciRR>

Smith, Kimberly K. Solar energy. In her Powering our future: an energy sourcebook for sustainable living. New York, iUniverse, c2005. p. 129-146.
   TJ808.S65 2005



Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on solar energy can be located in most card, book, and online catalogs include the following:

Highly Relevant

SOLAR ENERGY (may be subdivided geographically)







Behling, Sophia, and Stefan Behling, in collaboration with Bruno Schindler. Solar power: the evolution of sustainable architecture. New York, Prestel, 2000. 240 p.
   NA2542.S6B44 2000
   Bibliography: p. 238-239.

Ewing, Rex A. Power with nature: alternative energy solutions for homeowners. Updated 2nd ed. Masonville, CO, PixyJack Press, c2006. 287 p.
   Bibliography: p. 273-275.
   TJ809.4.E95 2006

Kryza, Frank. T. The power of light: the epic story of man’s quest to harness the sun. New York, London, McGraw-Hill, c2003. 298 p.
   Bibliography: p. 273-278.
   TJ810.K79 2003

Laird, Frank N. Solar energy, technology policy, and institutional values. Cambridge, Eng., New York, Cambridge University Press, 2001. 248 p.
   Includes bibliographical references
   TJ810.L32 2001

Perlin, John. From space to earth: the story of solar electricity. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2002. 221 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1085.P47 2002

Scheer, Hermann. The solar economy: renewable energy for a sustainable global future. London, Sterling, VA, Earthscan, 2002. 347 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ808.S3313 2002

Sklar, Scott, and Kenneth G. Sheinkopf. Consumer guide to solar energy: new ways to lower utility costs, cut taxes, and take control of your energy needs. 3rd ed. Chicago, Bonus Books, c2002. 195 p.
   TJ810.5.S58 2002 <SciRR>
   Includes bibliographical references.



Solar Heating and Solar Houses

Ewing, Rex A., and Doug Pratt. Got sun? go solar: get free renewable energy to power your grid-tied home. Masonville, CO, PixyJack Press, 2005. 159 p.
   Bibliography: p. 146-148.
   TK1087.E95 2005

Goswami, D. Yogi, Frank Kreith, and Jan F. Kreider. Principles of solar engineering. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Taylor & Francis, c2000. 694 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Not in LC

History and overview of solar heat technologies. Edited by Donald A. Beattie. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, c1997. 278 p. (Solar heat technologies, v. 1)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ809.95.S68 1988 vol. 1

Porteous, Colin, and Kerr MacGregor. Solar architecture in cool climates. London, Sterling, VA, Earthscan, 2005. 266 p.
   Bibliography: p. 243-245.
   TH7414.P67 2005

Tiwari, G. N. Solar energy: fundamentals, design, modelling and applications. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2006. 525 p.
   Bibliography: p. 129-133.
   TJ810.T59 2006


Clean electricity from photovoltaics. Edited by Mary D. Archer and Robert Hill. London, Imperial College Press, c2001. 844 p. (Series on photoconversion of solar energy, v. 1)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.C573 2001

Goetzberger, A., and V. U. Hoffmann. Photovoltaic solar energy generation. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2005.
232 p. (Springer series in optical sciences, v. 112)
   Bibliography: p. 221-228.
   TK1087.G64 2005

Green, Martin A. Third generation photovoltaics: advanced solar energy conversion. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2006. 160 p. (Springer series in photonics, v. 12)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK8322.G74 2006

Messenger, Roger A., and Jerry Ventre. Photovoltaic systems engineering. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2004. 455p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.M47 2004 <SciRR>

Nelson, Jenny. The physics of solar cells. London, Imperial College Press; River Edge, NJ, Distributed by World Scientific Pub. Co., c2003. 363 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QC715.4.N45 2003

Next generation photovoltaics: high efficiency through full spectrum utilization. Edited by Antonio Martí and Antonio Duque. Bristol, Eng., Philadelphia, Institute of Physics, c2004. 332 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.N49 2004

Organic photovoltaics: mechanism, materials, and devices. Edited by Sam-Shajing Sun, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci. Boca Raton, FL, Taylor & Francis, 2005. 629 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK8322.O73 2004

Photovoltaics and architecture: an introduction for architects and engineers. Edited by Randall Thomas. New York, Spon Press, 2001. 155 p.
   Bibliography: p. 145.
   TK1087.P4845 200

Pieper, Adi. The easy guide to solar electric. Santa Fe, NM, ADI Solar, 1999. 214 p.
   TK1087.P54 1999

Solar electricity. Edited by Tomas Markvart. 2nd ed. Chichester, Eng., New York, Wiley, 2000. 280 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.S66 2000 <SciRR>

Thin-film solar cells: next generation photovoltaics and its applications. Edited by Yoshihiro Hamakawa. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2004. 244 p. (Springer series in photonics, v. 13)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK2960.T45 2004

Zahedi, Ahmad. The engineering and economics of solar photovoltaic energy systems. Melbourne, Aus., New World Pub., c2003. 308 p.
   Bibliography: p. 295-299.
   TK1087.Z34 2003

Solar thermal

Implementation of solar thermal technology. Edited by Ronal W. Larson and Ronald E. West. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, c1996. 995 p. (Solar heat technologies, v. 10)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ809.95.S68 1988 vol. 10

Performance and durability assessment: optical materials for solar thermal systems. Edited by Michael Köhl and others. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier, 2004. 395 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.P392 2004

Planning and installing solar thermal systems: a guide for installers, architects, and engineers. The German Solar Energy Society (DGS). London, Sterling, VA, James & James/Earthscan, c2005. 298 p.
   Bibliography: p. 291-292.
   TH7413.P534 2005 <SciRR>

Solar thermal technologies for buildings: the state of the art. Edited by M. Santamouris. London, James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd., c2003. 240 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH7413.S6265 2003

Passive Solar Building Design

Brown, G. Z., and Mark DeKay. Sun, wind & light: architectural design strategies. 2nd ed. New York, Wiley, c2001. 382 p.
   Bibliography: p. 348-357.
   NA2542.3.B76 2001

Chiras, Daniel D. The solar house: passive heating and cooling. White River Juction, VT, Chelsea Green Pub., 2002. 274 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH7414.C475 2002

Kachadorian, James. The passive solar house. White River Junction, VT, Chelsea Green Pub. Co., c1997. 210 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH7414.K33 1997

The Passive solar design and construction handbook. Steven Winter Associates. Edited by Michael J. Crosbie. New York, Wiley, c1998. 291 p.
   Bibliography: p. 281-283.
   TH7414.P254 1998 <SciRR>

Profiting from sunshine: passive solar building in the mountains. Edited by N. K. Bansal and Kamal Rijal. Kathmandu, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, c2000. 284 p.
   Includes bibliographical reference.
   TH7687.9.P76 2000

Other Applications of Solar Energy

Barlow, Roy, Bernard McNelis, and Anthony Derrick. Solar pumping: an introduction and update on the technology, performance, costs, and economics. London, Intermediate Technology Publications; Washington, World Bank, 1993. 153 p. (World Bank technical paper, no.168)
   Bibliography: p. 114-115.
   TJ912.B37 1993

Gurley, Virginia Heather. Solar cooking naturally. 4th ed. Sedona, AZ, SunLightWorks, 1999. 92 p.
   TX835.5.G87 1999

Leutz, Ralf, and Akio Suzuki. Nonimaging Fresnel lenses: design and performance of solar concentrators. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2001. 272 p. (Springer series in optical sciences, v. 83)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.L49 2001

Hermannsdörfer, Ingrid, and Christine Rüb. Solar design: photovoltaics for old buildings, urban space, landscape. Photovoltaik für Altbau, Stadtraum, Landschaft. Berlin, Jovis, c2005. 143 p.
   TK1087.H47 2005
   Text in English and German.

Patel, Mukund R. Wind and solar power systems: design, analysis, and operation. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, Taylor & Francis, c2006. 448 p.
   Bibliography: p. 401-425.
   TK1541.P38 2006 <SciRR>

Blanco Gálvez, Julián, and Sixto Malato Rodríguez. Solar detoxification. Paris, UNESCO Pub., 2003. 187 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD468.B53 2003

Solar energy in agriculture. Edited by Blaine F. Parker. Amsterdam, New York, Elsevier, distributor for the United States and Canada, c1991. 447 p. (Energy in world agriculture, v. 4)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   S494.5.S64S65 1991

Thacher, Eric Forsta. A solar car primer. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2003. 1 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TL222.T43 2003

Experiments and projects

Million Solar Roofs Initiative.
   Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, enables businesses and communities to install solar systems on one million rooftops across the U.S. by 2010. The web site offers related links, lists of documents related to solar water and space heating, case studies of successful solar power use, and information on training and education.

Schaeffer, John, and the collaborative design/construction team, David Arkin and others. A place in the sun: the evolution of the Real Goods Solar Living Center. White River Junction, VT, Chelsea Green Pub. Co., c1997. 187 p.
   TH6.U62H627 1997

Solar air systems--built examples. Edited by S. Robert Hastings. London, James & James, c1999. 218 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TH7413.S573 1999

Solar Decathlon.
   An annual competition sponsored by the U. S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Solar Decathlon brings teams of college and university students from around the world to compete in designing, building, and operating a home powered completely by solar energy. The competition is held on the National Mall in Washington, D. C., where participants transport their solar houses to form a solar village. The winner is awarded with $100,000.

Solar energy houses: strategies, technologies, examples. Edited by Anne Grete Hestnes, Robert Hastings, and Bjarne Saxhof. London, James & James, c1997. 170 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Acquisition of the 2nd ed., 2003 is in process.
   TH7414.S65 1997




Broman, Lars. Thermophotovoltaics bibliography. Golden, CO, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Springfield, VA, National Technical Information Service, U. S. Dept. of Commerce, distributor, 1994. 22 p.
   Z5834.D55B76 1994

Chapman, Susan. Solar energy alternatives for agriculture: May 1993-June 1996. Beltsville, MD, USDA, ARS, National Agricultural Library, 1996. 43 p.
   Z5074.S714C485 1996

New York Public Library. Research Libraries. Bibliographic guide to technology. Boston, G. K. Hall. 1975- Annual
   Z5854.N48a Suppl. 2


Farzaad, Houman. Dictionary of solar technology. S.l., s.n., 1994. 72 leaves.
   TJ809.6.F37 1994 <SciRR Dict>

Hordeski, Michael F. Dictionary of energy efficiency technologies. Lilburn, GA, Fairmont Press; New York, Distributed by M. Dekker, c2004. 359 p.
    TJ163.28.H67 2004 <SciRR Dict>

Hunt, V. Daniel. Solar energy dictionary. New York, Industrial Press, c1982. 411 p.
   Bibliography: p. 369-404.
   TJ810.H86 <SciRR Dict>

Nentwig, Karl-Heinz. Elsevier's dictionary of solar technology. Amsterdam, New York, Elsevier, 1985. 213 p.
   TJ809.6.N46 1985 <SciRR Dict>
   English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.


Designing with solar power: a source book for building integrated photovoltaics (BiPV). Edited by Deo Prasad and Mark Snow. London, Sterling, VA, Earthscan, 2005. 252 p.
   Bibliography: p. 239-249.
   TK1087.D475 2005

Dymond, Christopher. Oregon solar electric guide: independent and utility-connected homes. Salem, OR, Oregon Office of Energy, 2003. 42 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ812.D96 2003

Handbook of photovoltaic science and engineering. Edited by Antonio Luque and Steven Hegedus. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2003. 1138 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK8322.H33 2003 <SciRR>

Photovoltaics guidebook for decision-makers: technological status and potential role in energy economy. Edited by Achim Bubenzer and Joachim Luther. Berlin, New York, Springer, c2003. 266 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.P48523 2003 <SciRR>

Photovoltaics in buildings: a design handbook for architects and engineers. Principal editors, Friedrich Sick and Thomas Erge. London, James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd., c1996. 287 p.
   Bibliography: p. 217-221.
   TK1087.P48524 1996

Practical handbook of photovoltaics: fundamentals and applications. Edited by Tom Markvart and Luis Castaner. New York, Elsevier Advanced Technology, c2003. 984 p.
   Bibliography: p. 941-945.
   TK8322.P73 2003 <SciRR>

Solar-assisted air-conditioning in buildings: a handbook for planners. Edited by Hans-Martin Henning. Wien, New York, Springer, 2004. 136 p.
   Bibliography: p. 133-135.
   TH7687.9.S633 2004

The Solar energy handbook: a practical engineering approach to the application of solar energy to the needs of man and environment. By Henry Clyde Landa and others. 6th ed. Wauwatosa, WI, Film Instruction Co. of America, 2005. 1 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ810.L35 2005

Solar heating systems for houses: a design handbook for solar combisystems. Edited by Werner Weiss. London, James & James, c2003. 313 p.
   Bibliography: p. 289-295.
   TH7414.S6625 2003



ASME International Solar Energy Conference (2004, Portland, Or.). Solar engineering 2004: presented at the 2004 International Solar Energy Conference: a part of SOLAR 2004--A solar harvest: growing opportunities: July 11-14, 2004, Portland, Oregon, USA. Sponsored by ASME, Solar Energy Division. New York, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, c2004. 728 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ809.2.A84 2004

Conference on Thermophotovoltaic Generation of Electricity (6th, 2004, Freiburg, Germany). Thermophotovoltaic generation of electricity: sixth Conference on Thermophotovoltaic Generation of Electricity, TPV6, Freiburg, Germany, 14-16, June, 2004. Editors, Ashok Gopinath, Timothy J. Coutts, Joachim Luther. Sponsoring organizations, Naval Sea Systems Command, USA and others. Melville, NY, American Institute of Physics, 2004. 491 p. (AIP conference proceedings, v. 738)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.C65 2004

Conference record of the ... IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 1967+ (irregular) New York, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

E. C. Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (17th, 2001, Munich, Germany). Seventeenth European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference: proceedings of the international conference held in Munich, Germany, 22-26 October 2001. Edited by B. McNelis and others. 3 v. (3047 p.)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK2960.E26 2001 <MRC>

Organic photovoltaics: 3 August 2000, San Diego, USA. Zakya H. Kafafi, chair/editor. Sponsored ... by SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. Bellingham, WA, SPIE, c2001. 126 p. (SPIE proceedings series,
v. 4108)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK8322.O74 2001.

Proceedings of the Solar ... Conference: including proceedings of ... ASES Annual Conference, proceedings of ... National Passive Solar Conference. 1999+ (Annual) Boulder, CO, American Solar Energy Society, American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment.

World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (3rd, 2003, Osaka, Japan). Proceedings of 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion. A joint conference of the 13th PV Science & Engineering Conference, the 30th IEEE PV Specialists Conference, and the 18th European PV Solar Energy Conference. Held at the Osaka International Congress Center "Grand Cube", Osaka, Japan, 11-18 May, 2003. Edited by Kosuke Kurokawa and others. Osaka, Japan, WCPEC-3 Organizing Committee, 2003. 3 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK1087.W67 2003



Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV): analysis and US market potential. Prepared by Lisa Frantzis and others for Building Equipment Division, Office of Building Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy. Golden, CO, U. S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1995. 1 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ163.6.B84B865 1995

Photovoltaic energy program overview. Prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Washington, U.S. Department of Energy, 2000. 27 p.

Photovoltaics in the built environment: a design guide for architects and engineers. Prepared by Solar Design Associates, Harvard, Massachusetts, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, for the U.S. Department of Energy. Washington, The Dept., 1997. 254 p.
   Bibliography: p. 181-186.
   TK1087.P48526 1997

Marion, William, and Stephen Wilcox. Solar radiation data manual for buildings. Golden, CO, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1995. 255 p.
   Bibliography: p. 254.
   TJ810.5.M37 1995



Government Reports Announcements & Index (1946-1996)
   Z7916.G78 and Electronic Format
   This is the central source for scientific and technical reports on research sponsored with federal funds. It also provides proceedings from a variety of technical conferences. Some of the reports are available in the microform collections of the Science, Technology & Business Division ( Others may be purchased online or by mail from National Technical Information Service (NTIS): 5825 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA, 22161. Telephone (703) 605-6585.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (1895-)
   Z1223.A18 and Electronic Format
   URL: (1976- )



Abstracting and indexing services (A&Is) that index relevant journal articles and other literature on solar energy are listed below. The electronic databases are accessible onsite in the Library of Congress public workstations. Please consult a reference librarian for locating the print versions of abstracting and indexing services in the Science Reading Room.

Academic Search Premier
   Electronic format

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913 - )
   Z7913.I7 <SciRR> and Electronic Format

Current Technology Index (1962- )
   Z7913.B7 <SciRR>

Engineering Index (1884- )
   Z5851.E62 and Electronic format

Engineering Information Abstracts (1976-1993)

Engineering Research Abstracts (1977-1995)
   Z5853.P83U544b and Electronic Format

General Science Index (1978- )
   Z7401.G46 <SciRR> and Electronic format

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900- )
   AI3.R48 <BusRR> and Electronic Format

Science Citation Index (1961-)
   Z7401.S365 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic Format



Journals that often contain articles relevant to solar energy include:

Advances in Solar Energy TJ809.A38
Annual Review of Environment and Resources TJ163.2.A56 <SciRR>
Applied Solar Energy (translation of Geliotekhnika)
Energy and Buildings TJ163.5.B8E523
Energy Conversion and Management
Gaiam Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook TJ807.A58 <SciRR>
International Journal of Ambient Energy TJ163.13.I58
International Journal of Energy Research TJ163.13.I59
International Journal of Solar Energy(1982-2002) TJ810.I467
International Journal of Sustainable Energy TJ810.I467
Journal of Solar Energy Engineering TJ810.T69
Progress in Photovoltaics TK2960.P76
Refocus TJ807.R434
Renewable Energy TJ809.S6
SESI Journal: Journal of the Solar Energy Society of India TJ809.S47
Solar Energy TJ810.S6
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells TJ812.7.S64
Solar Living TH7414.S67
Sunworld (1976-2000) TJ810.S92



Amer, E. H. Passive options for solar cooling of buildings in arid areas. Energy, v. 31, July 2006: 1332-1344.

Blankinship, Steve. A sunny outlook for grid-connected PV. Power engineering, v. 141, April 2003: 27-31.

Fairley, P. Solar-cell rollout. Technology review, v. 107, July/Aug. 2004: 34-40.

Karakilcik, M., I. Dincer, and M. A. Rosen. Performance investigation of a solar pond. Applied thermal engineering, v. 26, May 2006: 727-735.

Kurtz, Sarah, and Daniel Friedman. Photovoltaics: lighting the way to a brighter future. Optics and photonics news, v. 16, June 2005: 30-36.

Lazaar, M., and others. Use of solar energy for the agricultural greenhouses autonomous conditioning. Desalination, v. 168, Aug. 15, 2004: 169-177.

Mazhari, B. An improved solar cell circuit model for organic solar cells. Solar energy materials and solar cells,
v. 90, May 2006: 1021-1033.

Okoro, O. I., and T. C. Madueme. Solar energy investments in a developing economy. Renewable energy, v. 29, July 2004: 1599-1610.

Rabah, K. Development of energy-efficient passive solar building design in Nicosia Cyprus. Renewable energy,
v. 30, May 2005: 937-956.

Schwarzer, K., and Maria Eugenia Vieria da Silva. Solar cooking system with or without heat storage for families and institutions. Solar energy, v. 75, Jan. 2003: 163-166.

Sierra, Cristina. High solar energy concentration with a Fresnel lens. Journal of materials science, v. 40, June 2005: 1339-1343.

Strebkov, D. C. Solar plants and their application: the role of solar energy in future power generation. Applied solar energy, v. 41, no. 1, 2005: 10-21.

Wallace, William, and Wang Zhongying. Solar energy in China: development trends for solar water heaters and photovoltaics in the urban environment. Bulletin of science, technology & society, v. 26, Apr. 2006: 135-140.



Selected materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include the following:

Dobb, Edwin. Solar cooker. Audubon, v. 94, Nov./Dec., 1992: 100-106.

DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program: overview and highlights. U.S. Dept. of Energy. Prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO., May 2006. 19 p.

Executive Order 13123--Greening the government through efficient energy government management. [Signed on June 3, 1999 by President Clinton calls for U.S. implement renewable energy in federal facilities.] Federal Register, v. 64, June 1999: 30851- 30860.

Groenendaal, B. J. Solar thermal power technologies. Monograph in the framework of the VLEEM Project. Petten, the Netherlands, ECN Beleidsstudies, July 2002. 39 p.

Rankins, William H. III, and David A. Wilson. The solar energy notebook. 2nd ed. Black Mountain, NC, Lorien House, 1999. 116 p.

Service, Robert F. Is it time to shoot for the sun? Science, v. 309, July 22, 2005: 548-551.

Working safely with photovoltaic systems. Prepared by Daystar, Inc. under contract to Sandia National Laboratories. Las Cruces, NM, Daystar, Inc., 1991. 27 p.

Sissine, Fred. Renewable energy policy: tax credit, budget, and regulatory issues. CRS Report for Congress, RL33588, July 28, 2006. 36 p.



The following web sites are a representative sample of government and independent organizations that offer information on solar energy and projects utilizing solar energy.

Government (Including Federal and State)

California Solar Center
   California Solar Center, a web source for learning the latest solar industry news and providing consumer advice. It issues a free biweekly newsletter which discusses solar energy issues in California.

Energy Information Administration
   The Energy Information Administration (U. S. DOE) offers official renewable energy statistics from the U.S. government and individual states.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
   The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with Sun Lab (Sandia National Laboratories) provides information on U.S. Department of Energy Concentrating Solar Power Program. See especially section on Student Resources.

Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
   Office of Scientific and Technical Information collects worldwide research on energy in addition to research funded by the U.S. Dept of Energy (DOE). Its Energy Citations Database at URL: provides access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 to present.

Sandia National Laboratories
   Sun Lab of the Sandia National Laboratories in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U. S. DOE) provide information on U.S. Department of Energy Concentrating Solar Power Program.

Solar Energy Technologies Program
   The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program (U. S. DOE) works with national laboratories, universities, industry and professional associations across the country exploring solar energy potential.

U. S. Department of Energy. Resources for Solar Energy
   The Solar Energy Technology Program develops solar technologies with the potential of producing cost-competitive energy for buildings. It also contains energy statistical information relating to the use of solar thermal and photovoltaic energy.

Independent Organizations

American Solar Energy Society
   The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the U. S. section of the International Solar Energy Society.

Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
   Renewable Energy Policy Project sponsored by public and private sectors, such as research reports and testimonials.

International Solar Energy Society
   International Solar Energy Society, headquartered in Germany, is a UN-accredited NGO which has membership of more than 50 countries. The Society supports its members in the advancement of solar energy technology.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council
   Interstate Renewable Energy Council, a non-profit consortium of state and local government renewable energy officials, regulatory commissions, and academic institutions offers up-to-date news and programs in the renewable energy fields.

Power From the Sun
   A continuously updated site; a useful resource in learning about solar energy.

Solar Companies
   Contains a directory of solar energy companies and solar services throughout the United States.

Solar Energy Industries Association
   The Solar Energy Industries Association, a national trade association of solar energy manufactures, distributors, architects, consultants, etc., provides up-to-date news about the solar energy activities of U. S. and foreign governments and a listing of solar energy contractors.

Solar Living Institute
   Solar Living Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living through educational programs.

Solar Plaza
   A multilingual database provides the news and addresses of solar companies and solar services throughout the world.

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