NOTE: This book is written for those COMTEMPLATING getting a solar panel system if they don't know enough about it yet. A good, basic understanding of what you need to know “before” diving into it is what you will learn in order to make an informed decision; especially if you are in the United States (or Canada). So if you are considering do it yourself solar panels for your home, or solar panel installation through a contractor, “Solar Power for Sustainable Living – What to Consider Before Going the Do It Yourself Solar Route” is a great reference guide to make sure you've considered the most important avenues or prerequisites of getting into do-it-yourself solar panels before you get started and then realize that you should've considered these aspects first, which are very important in decision making. It is informative and detailed to give you a good understanding of how it all works and what's really involved when it comes to obtaining a PV solar power system for sustainable living. Charts and illustrations are also included for easy reference. You'll get information, terminology, advice, things you'd better be aware of or consider beforehand, education, valuable tips that's going to literally help you, what exact items you'll need to buy and what it cost, how to connect with other people doing the same thing that you are (which is huge), and much more. If you need to find out what the latest and up to date information is for what your state (in USA) is currently offering for rebates and incentives on using solar power for your home or office, there's a reference conveniently provided. There's also reference to a handy calculator that you can use to help estimate the size and cost of installing a PV system. For the US and CANADA, going by zip code, just in case you need to check out or prescreen solar contractors in your area to get an estimate or just to ask some questions, there's a reference that provides that information as well.