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From Space to Earth
The Story of Solar Electricity


By John Perlin. The true and amazing success story of photo-voltaics (PV). After years of research, John Perlin tracks the evolution of PV from its 19th century beginnings. It is not only the story of a technology. It is the story of determined individuals and organisation who brought the sun’s energy to light and put it to use. Individuals who innovated, persisted, took chances, fought authorities, and brought us to our current increasing - though largely unrecognized - reliance on this subtly, silent energy source. The book has special emphasis to the impact on the developing world - electrifying the unelectrified - and on the developed world via building integrated PV and beyond: “The future: limitless”

ISBN 0-937948-15-2 (pbk). 224 pages.
July 1999, hard cover costs: $32.
Contact: AATEC publication,
PO Box 7119, Ann Arbor, Michigan,
USA. Ph: +1-734-995-1470,
fax: +1-734-995-1471,

Daylight Performance of Buildings


Edited by Mark Fontoynont, ENTPE, Lyon, France based on the work of 23 contributing teams from 12 European Countries. The work was carried out as part of a JOULE III research program of the EC DGXII. What quality of daylight does architecture provide? 60 buildings were observed, measured and monitored. Institutional buildings like offices, museums, churches, libraries, factories etc. from classical to modern constructions. Colour illustrations throughout.

ISBN 1-873936-87-7, 304 pages,
297x230 mm, $90, 1999.
Contact James & James, see below.

A Green Vitruvius - Principles & Practice of Sustainable Architectural Design


It provides a clear and attractive text for student, experienced practitioners, as well as serves as a valuable introduction to the subject. Numerous colour photographs and diagrams. The book is prepared within the THERMIE program of the EC DGXVII by the Architects’ Council of Europe, Energy Research Group of University College Dublin, and Suomen Arkitehtiliitto in Helsinki.

ISBN 1-873936-94-X, 145 pages,
297x210mm, $40,
Contact: James & James, 35-37
William Road, London NW1 3ER, UK.
Ph: +44-171-387 8558, fax: +44-171-387 8998,

Good Practices in Access to Environmental Information

By Fe Canchis-Moreno, TERRA. Overview of the “freedom of access principles” of the EU Directive (90/313/EEC), the legal systems and practices applied in all EU member states.

Who can request access? Who is obliged to respond? What is the time limit to respond? Can the requester choose the format? Can access be denied? What happens if the request is ignored? Supply of information without request.

ISBN 84-923776-3-1, 56 pages, 1999.
Contact: TERRA, Environmental Policy
Center C/Jorge Manrique 1, 28420
La Navata, Madrid Spain. Ph: +34-91-8586827,
fax: + 34-91-5094092,

Directory of Eco-villages in Europe


Detailed description of 57 eco-villages in 22 countries. Photos and contact addresses.

ISBN 3-9802184-3-0,
184 pages, 1998.
DM 30 plus postage.
GEN-Europe Global Eco-village
Network, via Torri Superiore 5,
18039 Ventimiglia (Im) Italy.
Ph: +39 184215504, fax: +39 184215914



Solar Energy Network Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 1 January-April 1999 Published in 2000 copies by an NGO that is committed to the development of a noncommercial infrastructure for the dissemination of renewable energy technologies in particular solar energy in East Africa. The newsletter is 28 pages and it is intended to be produced quarterly.

Contact: Solarnet, Flat 6, 2nd Gate on the left,
Rose Avenue (Off Ngong Road),
PO Box 76406 Nairobi, Kenya.
Ph: 714623, fax: 720909,

Ecologists’ Special Issues:

- Climate Crisis


Why severe climate change could occur much sooner than previously predicted? How every aspect of our lives will be affected? Why governments have done so little? What has to be done now to restabilise global climate?

Volume 29 No 2, 1999, 100 pages, US$6.

- The Madness of Nuclear Energy


For 5 decades, humanity has been hoodwinked by the most poisonous confidence trick in history. It is time to end the nuclear nightmare - for Good

Volume 29 No. 7, 1999, 50 pages, US$ 5.
Contact: Ecologist, Unit 18 Chelsea Wharf,
15 Lots Road, London SW10
0QJ, UK. Ph: +44-1713513578,
fax: +44-1713513617,


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