Having said that, the best all around reference I have seen is "The Solar Living Resource Book" by John Schaffer & Doug Pratt. Doug gives a lot of practical tips on everything from batteries to wind turbines. It is not a "step by step how to manual". It is more of a catalog with articles and simple explainations of how the various equipment works, both as individual items and as systems. It also points out common mistakes people make. It is about $30 retail, so you might want to check out the local library and see if they have a copy, so you can read it before putting out the bucks.
If you are looking for something on wind power, try "Wind Energy Basics" by Paul Gripe.
When I read the phrase Alt-E my first thought is the Alternative Energy Store, so I would assume that you are asking about books that might be in thier bookstore?
If Alt-E is refering to alternative energies in general then you might want to be more specific. The entire universe is full of energy.
But coming back down to good old mother Earth I can speculate that you are refering to alternatives too; coal fired and, nuclear electric power plants as well as petroleum products. Even here on Earth there is an abundant supply of various energies.
Forgive me but, your question is like asking "I need to know about that tree" while pointing at a forest.
Specifics such as; solar, tidal, wind, plasmas, bio mass, bio diesel, and alcohol. Gosh! I could go on and on. Nasa is developing a way to make electricity from fecal matter.
As an engineering student I am sure you already now that energy is never "used up" it merely changes from one state to another. But you want books. Do you know of the Qabbalah? No? Check it out.
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