Beautiful solar homes in a variety of settings will be the topic on Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m. at Misty Valley Books in Chester, with authors and solar experts Stephen Snyder and David Bonta.
Authors of The New Solar Home, Snyder and Bonta live in Perkinsville and are involved with USA Solar Store, the largest renewable energy retailer in the Northeast, Bonta as founder and president and Snyder as communications director.
Their recent book, written together, The New Solar Home, features a variety of solar dwellings of different sizes and locales, from 1,600 to 4,000 square feet or more, and in large cities, suburbs, and remote rural sites. From an umbrella home in California and a luxury condominium in New York to a Chicago brownstone and a pueblo-style home in the foothills of Santa Fe - all described in the handsomely illustrated book - solar homes have come a long way from the panel-clad creations of the 1980s.
Authors Bonta and Snyder illustrate homes that are groundbreaking not only in their use of renewable energy but also in their commitment to recycling and repurposing construction materials and reducing the impact on the environment through sensitive building methods. With details on why these homeowners decided to go solar and how having a solar home can save money in the long run, the book inspires homeowners to create or remodel their own solar dwellings.
Snyder left New York City in 1995 to start an organic herb farm in Vermont with his wife Melissa. He is also a freelance writer and is the author of The Brewmaster's Bible and other titles.
Bonta is developer of the USA Solar Store licensing program, a program to set up retail chain stores whose mission is to make conservation and renewable energy products and systems more available to a growing market.
Since 2001 he has helped launch 15 successful solar stores. He was one of the founders of Vermont's first biodiesel distribution company. He serves on the board of the Vermont Biofuels Association and as President of the Sustainable Valley Group based in Springfield.
"The days of building cookie-cutter McMansions are over, and the era of thinking about the real cost of a house has begun," Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy, said of Bonta's first book, New Green Home Solutions, "And this is the guide to doing it with enormous elegance, real frugality, and a commitment to the health of the world beyond your walls."
A book signing and reception will follow Snyder's and Bonta's remarks at the bookstore, which is on the Green in Chester, next to the Fullerton Inn.
For more information call Misty Valley Books at 875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.