CM June 14, 
1996. Vol. II, Number 35

image The Canadian Renewable Energy Guide (First Edition).

Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc.
Edited by Duncan Noble and Robert Swartman.
Burnstown, ON: General Store Publishing House, 1995. 238pp, paper, $24.95.
ISBN: 0-9680059-0-X.

Subject Headings:
Renewable energy sources-Canada.
Renewable energy sources-Canada-Directories.

Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.
Review by Gerri Young.


Image THIS LARGE BOOK (28cm x 21cm) is an impressive, attractive, and comprehensive guide to the products, services, and contacts in Canada for alternative and renewable energy sources for home, agriculture, and business. Canadian Astronaut Roberta Bondar (chair of the Friends of the Environment Foundation) contributes a forward reminding us that "Our destiny as a lifeform is shaped by our ability to wisely use the finite resources of planet Earth."

     Many practical examples of the application of solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy are included, along with balanced analyses of the pros and cons of various energy sources (for example, there is a good comparison of the environmental effects of alternative fuels such as ethanol and methanol with those of gasoline).

          This is a made-in-Canada, easy-to-use book with case studies that can be applied to common conditions in our homes, farms, and businesses. The examples will also be applicable to remote northern locations and transportation. The Canadian Renewable Energy Guide takes the Canadian climate into consideration and speaks to concerns about using renewable energy sources in locations with weather extremes. Clear photographs and diagrams are supplied throughout.

     The back of the book includes information on renewable energy associations, provincial government contacts, on-line information, Canadian supplier catalogues, and books. There is also a directory of any Canadian company active in the five fields -- biomass, geothermal, micro-hydro, solar, and wind -- of renewable energy, listed by their activity in applications, products, and services.


Gerri F. Young works in Fort Nelson, B.C.

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