Joseph Burdick ’76 recently published his first book, “Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home,” a comprehensive do-it-yourself guide that provides step-by-step instructions for home solar installation.
The manual, which follows the same process that professional contractors use, provides detailed directions and step-by-step photos for how to determine the size, placement and type of installation needed. The guide can help homeowners save thousands of dollars in labor and related costs that come with home solar installation. The book was published in June 2017 by Storey publishing, and is co-authored by Phillip Schmidt.
Burdick is president and CEO of Burdick Technologies Unlimited, LLC, which he founded in 1996. One of Colorado’s top renewable energy companies, Burdick Technologies designs and installs residential and commercial photovoltaic systems. Burdick is also a professor at Ecotech Institute, where he trains students for careers in solar installation, and is the president, technical and marketing director, and business manager of two other LLCs whose mission is to provide technical solutions to energy and environmental problems.
His more than 30 years of experience in the photovoltaics industry extends back to his time at HWS, where he majored in physics and general science and began taking his first environmental studies courses.
“It was during my years at HWS that I decided to focus one of my life’s pursuits in the field of renewable energy and solar energy in particular,” Burdick says. “With those interests, and not sure of what path this would lead me down, several of my professors recommended that I major in physics and general science. Eventually that led me to graduate schools and to several photovoltaic job opportunities.”
He went on to earn his M.S. in physics from Purdue University and his M.S. in materials science and engineering from Washington State University. Burdick has authored or co-authored approximately 20 technical papers and publications in journals, books and conference proceedings, and has edited and reviewed newspaper and magazine technical articles.
A thought-leader in the field, Burdick has developed several pioneering photovoltaic measurement and characterization techniques, and worked on standards committees to develop and author a wide variety of national and international standards for measurement and testing of photovoltaic devices, modules and systems.