"A comprehensive introduction to every aspect of solar hot water, including all relevant equipment, components, system design and installation and how to build your own solar panels. Particularly applicable to domestic dwellings in the UK, although the principles described are widely adopted throughout the developed world"--From publisher's description.
National Solar Heating and Cooling Information Center
What's so tough about building a solar collector? Most people think it's time they tried to do their part at lowering their monthly utility bills or curbing climate change, but they suspect that their dream of building a hot water solar collector is more than they can handle. In some cases, this may be true. However, if you have already performed your own plumbing repairs, this project may not be as difficult as and more affordable than you imagine. This down-to-earth guide can show you just how possible such a project can be. With simple step-by-step instructions, fifty-six clear illustrations, and a complete parts list from a major hardware store, you may fulfill your dream of going solar sooner than you think. This is an excellent book with clear and well thought out plans. With a little investment of time and the parts listed, you will have a worthy product that will save money and provide satisfaction. A. J. Shea I am very impressed with the plans for this solar hot water system. I think it was easy to understand and complete with material lists and where to get them. I am looking forward to building one soon. Dean Cardin For anyone wanting to build their own solar collector, this is a great tool. Like others have said, follow the directions with respect to the materials specified. BigBear