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Solar Electricity Handbook Turns Ten



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The tenth edition of the Solar Electricity Handbook, written by best-selling environmental and technology author Michael Boxwell, will be released this year. The Solar Electricity Handbook provides an in-depth guide on energy saving and cost effective solar practices and has been given a make-over for its tenth birthday.

Greenstream Publishing will published its tenth edition of the internationally bestselling guide to solar electricity and installing photovoltaic systems, the Solar Electricity Handbook, written by Michael Boxwell, a leading environmental speaker who has been involved in the industry for fifteen years.

The title is priced at £19.99/$19.99 and available from all major retailers. The 2016 edition will include extensive updates, new chapters and all-new diagrams. Full color hardback and e-book editions will also be available.

The Solar Electricity Handbook has consistently been the leading title in its subject since its first edition in 2009, outselling competitors all over the world and proving indispensable to solar installers, researchers, students and homeowners, providing an informative and practical guide to installing these energy saving and cost effective systems.

The title has been extensively revised and updated for 2016, with a new look and interactive website featuring unique solar calculators and the opportunity to directly engage with the author.

The website that accompanies the book, found here, is one of the most comprehensive free online resources for solar energy on the internet and will also be extensively revamped for 2016 to include even more solar calculators and project tools to make solar energy projects as straightforward as possible.

Michael Boxwell, Author of the Solar Electricity Handbook, said: The solar industry continues to evolve with several exciting new technologies, particularly around battery storage and improved solar panels. The 2016 edition has been extensively revised to include these new products and highlights the increasing opportunities for solar around the world.”

The global solar market is booming, with forecasts of $75.2 billion in 2016, a 13.7 per cent increase from last year, and nearly double the forecast in 2011. North America is the fastest growing market, but the rest of the world, including China, is poised to catch up. The new, updated version of the Solar Electricity Handbook could hardly come at a more relevant time.

Michael Boxwell has designed and installed a number of photovoltaic electric systems over a number of years, for projects as diverse as powering on-street vending machines to charging electric vehicles. He is currently working on a project to create a new low-cost solar panel that will revolutionize the industry.

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Book Review: Ubernomics




Step inside the next generation of economics, business strategy and investing.

In this radical business book, Barbara Gray makes it clear that all is not as it seems. Just when we think we know the rules of the road, we find we have hit the age of economic abundance—and surprises await.

Gray navigates us through this journey with great insight and acuity, sharing stories and case studies about a new breed of “rebel with a cause” companies such as Starbucks, LinkedIn, Airbnb, and Uber, whose founders relish disruption of the status quo. Taking us through the highlights of her research, Gray reveals her discovery of the next generation of business strategy for companies looking to create economic abundance and rise above the competition.

Barbara Gray is a former top-ranked sell-side equity analyst and the founder of Brady Capital Research Inc., a leading-edge research and strategy consulting firm. She has more than fifteen years of sell-side equity research experience in Canada and the United States covering a wide range of sectors. Barbara has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia (1993) and earned her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997. She lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two sons.


Ubernomics is über-needed by any organization that wants to be around in the next five years. Read it and you’ll be here for fifty–and more! Barbara Gray is half brilliant analyst and half seer. The result is a book that is both crystal clear and a crystal ball.”
–Joey Reiman, Chairman, BrightHouse and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

“Barbara is one of the most astute and forward-looking analysts who covered lululemon. Ubernomics gave me a framework to think about the sharing economy capital structure and the value that can be gained from that.”
–Christine Day, CEO, Luvo (former CEO, lululemon)

“Barbara’s overall analysis centering on the three new values of advocacy, connection and collaboration is very powerful. And the examples, both of firms born in the new economy and others trying to adapt to it, are fascinating.”
–Jean-Claude Larreche, Professor of Marketing, INSEAD, and author of The Momentum Effect


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Book Review: Business as an Instrument for Societal Change




Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama is the result of two decades of research and dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other leaders in business, government, science and education. Author Sander Tideman, a lawyer and banker who has maintained a friendship with the Dalai Lama over all these years, presents a practical framework and methodology to develop a new kind of leadership – one fit to repurpose the business world and tackle escalating social, economic and environmental needs.

The Dalai Lama rarely speaks directly on the topics of business, leadership and economics. Yet in the dialogues recounted here, his wisdom – combined with key insights from business and public leaders – creates a unified shift towards a consciousness of interconnectedness, offering profound insights for practitioners and general readers alike.

Tideman unites the scientific worldviews of physics, neuroscience and economics with the positive psychology of human relationships, and ancient spiritual wisdom, to formulate practical business leadership solutions. At the heart of this book lies the journey to discover our shared purpose. This ignites new sources of value creation for the organisation, customers and society, which Tideman terms ‘triple value’.  We can achieve triple value by aligning societal and business needs, based on the fundamental reality of interconnection.

Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama is a readable and intelligent exploration of how leaders can actually help to shape a sustainable global economy by embracing innate human and humane behaviour. It is also Tideman’s fascinating personal journey, which brought him to question the underlying motivations and goals of business leadership and to seek a new paradigm for a more sustainable approach. Reflecting Tideman’s sharp perceptions and infused with the Dalai Lama’s unmistakable joy, this book has the power to change your way of thinking.


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