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Low cost solar radiometer you can build. Estimated cost: $25.

Three solar energy experiments and instructions on how to make a solar energy collector can.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1976 (v.66#10) pg. 50

Solar energy box allows you to conduct 3 solar experiments.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1980 (v.70#8) pg. 44

Computer program written in BASIC will compute and print the daily solar flux on a flat plate collector given latitude, tilt angle and azimuth angle of collector.
BYTE Jul 1981 (v.6#7) pg. 48
Added Info BYTE Jun 1982 (v.7#6) pg. 404

Computer program in BASIC computes the time of sunrise and sunset, as well as the total solar energy incident on the top of the atmosphere for a given latitute and longitude.
BYTE Jul 1981 (v.6#7) pg. 94

Computer simulation of a solar-energy system. Program written in CBASIC.
BYTE Jul 1981 (v.6#7) pg. 158

Private power production. Alternative power sources operated by wind, water and sun. An overview of what is available and the associated costs.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1989 (v.13#3) pg. 50

A simple statistical program, written in BASIC, for calculating a monthly mean and standard deveation for solar flux and A-index.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Jan 1985 (v.41#1) pg. 48

Measure the Sun's intensity with this solar dosimeter that is constructed from an LED and a capacitor.
ELECTRONICS NOW Jun 1999 (v.70#6) pg. 74

Solar site evaluation. A shading mask and some other approaches that can help you analyze your site.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #5 Oct-Nov 1981 pg. 52

Off-line electrical systems. Alternative energy sources for remote locations. Tips on using photovoltaics, wind power, micro-hydro, or gas-powered generators as part of a battery-based household electrical system in remote locations.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #62 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 68
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #64 Dec 1990-Jan 1991 pg. 12

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about solar energy.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1980 (v.5#4) pg. 84

A look at new solar products: (1) Heat storage material. (2) Water heater connections. (3) Thermally-controlled flow valves. (4) Tax incentives.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1980 (v.5#5) pg. 92

Solar radiation: instruments and measurements. Includes instructions for building an inexpensive instrument for measuring various categories of solar radiation.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Dec 1983 (v.72#9) pg. 5

Computer program to calculate data on shortwave solar radiation given certain variables (month, latitute, and inclination of collector). Written in BASIC for the Northern hemisphere.

A guide to information on solar energy available at little cost from government agencies.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #594 Nov 1977 (v.73) pg. 126

A look at solar lighting mechanisms and details on how you can build one for experimental purposes. The model shown lacks a sun-tracking mechanism.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #618 Nov 1979 (v.75) pg. 27

Home-made heliodon (a simulated sun machine) is used to give an accurate solar account for any time of the day, at any season of the year. Normally used with architectural models to determine the optimum building location and orientation, roof overhang and window placement. Part of the Owner-built Home & Homestead series.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #16 Jul 1972 pg. 83

How to build an use a solar furnace. A simple wooden frame fitted with a Fresnel lens produces temperatures high enough to melt some metals.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #28 Jul 1974 pg. 72

A look at the Don Lewis Solar Site Selector, how it works and where to get one.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #52 Jul-Aug 1978 pg. 75

How to build a solar tracking system from standard electronic components and mechanical parts. Est. cost: $95.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #55 Jan-Feb 1979 pg. 93

Build an insolation monitor. A quartz clock movement, powered by solar cells, is used to determine the number of "sun-hours" at a particular location during one diurnal cycle.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #83 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 66

Site assessment for solar and wind energy.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #96 Nov-Dec 1985 pg. 60

Living off the grid. Part 2. A description of a solar system to power a New Hampshire home that consists of photovoltaic panels, a battery bank, a powercenter, inverter, voltmaster, load center and backup generator.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #142 Feb-Mar 1994 pg. 48

Budget solar retrofitting. A guide to inexpensive steps that one can apply to every structure to improve its light-space performance.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #162 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 28

Measure the sun's energy with a solar radiometer. Measures the amount of sunlight falling on a given area. Consists of a silicon solar cell, a milliammeter and a shunt resistor.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Dec 1976 (v.10#6) pg. 45

Experimenting with solar power. Some tips.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1990 (v.7#6) pg. 65

Sunpower. A review of some actual solar-powered heating and cooling units that are on the market and how to tell if they're really for you.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1975 (v.144#3) pg. 63

Names and addresses of solar energy groups you can join.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1977 (v.148#3) pg. 146

Chart shows the amount of solar energy transmitted through fiberglass roof panels of various colors.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1989 (v.166#5) pg. 151

List of several books and magazines dealing with alternate energy sources.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1976 (v.208#1) pg. 40

Wally Minto's wonder wheel. Heated water causes a low boiling liquid to move from container to container, causing a wheel to rotate.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1976 (v.208#3) pg. 79

Build this heliodon to see how the sun affects your property, sunrise to sunset, throughout the year. Used to determine the best location for solar energy devices. Built mostly of wood, it is used with a model of your house and land to accurately predict where sunlight and shade will occur throughout the year.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1978 (v.213#3) pg. 152

Two solar experiments. (1) Solar engine. (2) Sun tracker. Both use polyethylene strips cut from plastic garbage bags which will react to sunlight and cause mechanical movement to take place.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1980 (v.216#2) pg. 126

Build a low-cost shade plotter (solar access instrument) which will determine your daily sunlight patterns for the entire year. Est. cost: $15.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1982 (v.220#2) pg. 120

Build a simple solar-powered sun tracker which uses a small electric motor to keep two solar cells pointed at the sun so they each receive the same amount of light.
SCIENCE PROBE! Nov 1990 (v.1#1) pg. 75
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Jan 1992 (v.2#1) pg. 8

How to measure the solar constant. Constructing and using a radiometer to determine the intensity of sunlight at the top of the earth's atmosphere (called the solar constant). Four simple radiometer designs shown.
SCIENCE PROBE! Apr 1991 (v.1#2) pg. 93
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Jan 1992 (v.2#1) pg. 8
Added Info SCIENCE PROBE! Jul 1992 (v.2#3) pg. 6

Astronomical computing. Program to determine the total amount of sunshine (in hours and minutes) between (and including) two dates.
SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1984 (v.68#3) pg. 254