Collyn Rivers has enormous knowledge of the subjects in his books and his writing is concise and not overdone with technicalities or difficult-to-understand jargon …  they are written in clear English and it is difficult to find any aspect not fully explained.

Peter Poat

The West Australian

Solar Success

This book explains how to design and build home and property systems that ensures affordable solar success first and every time.

Making renewable solar energy work effectively involves more than purchasing lots of solar panels.  It’s a process that involves reduced consumption, energy efficiency and effective use of technology.  This book covers all those topics and more.

Whether you’re building a new home or adding solar to an existing structure, this is the one book you can’t afford to be without.

“Whether you want to simply understand the pros and cons of going solar . . . this book will answer more questions than any other. Highly recommended.”

Alan Gray

Editor, Earth Garden magazine

“Collyn Rivers has covered just about every aspect of installing, designing, and understanding a home solar power system, whether it’s stand-alone or grid-connected.”

Alan Gray

Editor, Earth Garden magazine

“When Collyn Rivers speaks, even original equipment manufacturers take notice”

Automobile, Electrical and Air Conditioning News

I heartily recommend this book to anyone that is interested in getting their own solar power installation. The book is not just easy to read but I can see it also becoming a little bit of a reference book for myself. It contains some simple formulas to work out electrical properties of various parts of a solar power system.

Strawbale House

A pragmatic no-nonsense approach to solar energy written by acclaimed Australian author Collyn Rivers, who walks the walk by showing his self-installed solar system on his 100% solar powered 10-acre property in the Kimberley.

Jaycar Electronics

Solar Success is a unique, plain English, complete guide to understanding, designing and installing stand-alone and grid connect solar for homes and properties anywhere in the world

ATA (AlternativeTechnology Association)

Our Other Books

* Purchase two or more books for a10% discount on your order *

 

Solar That Really Works!

Solar That Really Works! (4th edition) covers every aspect of solar in camper trailers, motorhomes and both conventional and fifth wheeler caravans. It explains what everything does, how it all works, how to design a system accordingly and, then, in detail, how to put every bit together. It also provides a possibly eye-opening insight into what solar panels really produce (it’s a lot less than marked on the box) and how to recover at least part of that difference. It shows also how to ensure the fridge works as well as it should.

“Solar That Really Works! fills a previously all but unexplored need. In one tightly written book, Collyn covers all that is needed to design and install solar electrical systems in anything from a tiny caravan or campervan to a large fishing camp.”

The Really Good Bookshop (Qld)

Caravan & Motorhome Electrics

Solar in an RV needs to work with the electrical system that connects everything that needs power. This book covers every aspect of designing, installing and fault finding of electrics in fifth wheel and conventional caravans as well as camper trailers, campervans and motorhomes. The book explains how things work, and what they really do (not what vendors claim they do). It shows how to dramatically improve performance, and reduce energy draw, of electric (especially) three-way fridges, likewise charging systems.

“Collyn Rivers’ books contain a wealth of information and are a must for anyone who carries out their own repairs or installations, or simply for those who wish to know how and why all the nitty-gritty works.”

Peter Poat
Weekend Western Australian

Limited Time Special Offer – available until 6 January 2019.

The complete Solar Library – all 3 Solar Books – by Collyn Rivers for A$65.00.

Usual price A$89.85.

 

General Interest Articles

Energy and Power Explained

Energy and Power Explained

Energy and power are associated, but they are very different concepts. With batteries particularly, it helps to know the difference – and to save money when you buy.

Solar Basics You Need to Know

Solar Basics You Need to Know

This article by Collyn Rivers outlines the solar basics you need to know to ensure your self-built solar works first time and every time - at minimal cost. Solar Basics You Need to Know - is there enough sun? Generalising, solar is feasible in most parts of the world...

Home System Articles

RV electrical work – Victorian exception

RV electrical work – Victorian exception

A licence is required in Australia for electrical installations over 50 volts ac. Victoria claims that RVs are not electrical installations and thus exempt. It accordingly classifies RVs (legally) as ‘plug-in appliances’. Furthermore, it states that licensing is outside its jurisdiction.* Your RV  must meet Australian Standards. In Victoria, however, it need not be inspected. (Standards are AS/NZS3000:2018, & AS/NZS3001:2007.

Ensuring Successful Solar

Ensuring Successful Solar

Our all solar house was self-built in five months. Hi-tech construction resulted in a superb and workable waterfront home in Australia’s remote far north. It was even built using mainly solar energy. Here’s how we did it.

Solar Basics You Need to Know

Solar Basics You Need to Know

This article by Collyn Rivers outlines the solar basics you need to know to ensure your self-built solar works first time and every time - at minimal cost. Solar Basics You Need to Know - is there enough sun? Generalising, solar is feasible in most parts of the world...

RV or Cabin System Articles

Solar Regulators for RVs

Solar Regulators for RVs

Solar regulators for RVs accept whatever output is produced by the solar array. They optimise that to whatever needed for optimal charging. Most solar regulators for RVs also accept input from the RV’s alternator.

Battery capacity required for cabins and RVs

Battery capacity required for cabins and RVs

Solar and battery capacity required for cabins and RVs is usually limited. As with homes and properties always have maximum solar capacity. Consider using LiFePO4 batteries as 80% of their nominal capacity is available. LiFePO4 batteries are also light and compact. Lead acid and AGMs, however, are fine for converted coaches. For those, size and weight are less critical.

Solar Basics You Need to Know

Solar Basics You Need to Know

This article by Collyn Rivers outlines the solar basics you need to know to ensure your self-built solar works first time and every time - at minimal cost. Solar Basics You Need to Know - is there enough sun? Generalising, solar is feasible in most parts of the world...

Using correct size cables for RVs is essential

Using correct size cables for RVs is essential

As with pumping water through a pipe, electricity dislikes flowing through cables. It reduces their effective pressure. This is particularly so of the low voltage (typically 12 volts) used in almost all RVs. Unless truly adequate, whatever is being powered will never work as intended. This particularly affects fridges and auxiliary battery charging.

This applies not only to ‘do-yourself’ cabling. The copper used in cables is very costly. As a result, many RVs have lighter cabling than desired. The major issues, however, are due to a general misunderstanding of how cable sizes are defined. Do read this – many RV electrical systems are rendered ineffective through not understanding how RV cable may be rated.

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How we’re different

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Comprehensive

Our books cover every aspect of solar

  • Why to use solar
  • How much solar energy is available where I will use it
  • What can be run from solar
  • The best type of solar modules for you
  • The best type of batteries for you
  • How much solar and battery capacity
  • Do I need a back-up generator
  • Can I do all the work myself
  • How much does a system cost
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Money

If any of these books do not save you time and money – by significantly more than the cost of the book – we will return your purchase price.

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Practical

These books assume that most buyers intend to self-build and are written with that intent. They are however also bought by electricians and others seeking to add solar to their skills – and provide virtually all that is needed for that purpose.

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Concise

Collyn Rivers has a close to 50 year reputation in communicating technical material accurately in plain down-to-earth English. This shines through these three books – all of which have been updated many times.

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Easy to understand

Few writers understand solar or electrics, likewise few engineers can explain technical stuff in plain English. Author/engineer Collyn Rivers, however, has successful careers in each (Bio). His books are both readable and technically accurate. Whilst never intended, Caravan & Motorhome Electrics was chosen many years ago as the basis of Australia’s auto electricians (TAFE) training. Most auto-electricans use it as a guide.

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Proven

For the entirety of the 21st century, thus far, Collyn’s books have been essential reading for anyone exploring Australia by any sort of RV. His solar books have been been saving people serious money  for more than a decade.

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