Install Your Own Solar Panels (Paperback)

Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home

By Joseph Burdick, Philip Schmidt

Storey Publishing, LLC, 9781612128252, 200pp.

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

List Price: 19.95*
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Description

Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine the size, placement, and type of installation you’ll need. This comprehensive DIY guide covers everything from assembling rooftop racking or building a ground-mount structure to setting up the electrical connections and making a battery bank for off-grid systems.


About the Author

Joseph Burdick has more than 30 years of experience in the photovoltaics industry — from R&D, measurement, and testing to system design, installation, and project management. He is president and CEO of Burdick Technologies Unlimited, LLC, one of Colorado’s top renewable energy companies, and is also a professor at Ecotech Institute, where he trains students for careers in solar installation.


Philip Schmidt has been teaching readers how to do things for almost two decades. A former carpenter and longtime writer and editor, he is the author of 18 books, including PlyDesignDecorating with Architectural Details, and The Complete Guide to Treehouses. He lives in Colorado with his wife, two daughters, and too many leftover building materials.



Praise For Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home

“Burdick and Schmidt cut through the jargon, electrical codes, and potential pitfalls to help anyone interested in solar power to do it themselves — safely, economically, and effectively.” — Dan Fink, professor in solar energy technology, Ecotech Institute

“Explains solar energy with expertise, joy, and aplomb!” — Tim Olsen, president, Advanced Energy Systems LLC