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Misty Valley Books Hosts Alternative Power Experts Snyder & Bonta

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.

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