Joe Ordia

Co-Founder and President

Joe Ordia is the co-Founder of Solar Surge. Since beginning his career in solar in 2012, Joe has helped more than 600 households achieve greater levels of energy independence by utilizing clean solar energy and battery storage technology. He is committed to getting as many households as possible to be self-sufficient and prepared to survive during a time of crisis.

Joe is the author of Built to Survive, which is a guide for homeowners on how to setup their homes to be able to survive a loss of the electric grid.  He is a licensed electrician and holds a Class A license for the construction of solar and wind energy facilities. Before founding his first technology company in 2000, Joe studied electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Joe and his wife, Rachel, married in 2011 and have five children: Grace, Lydia, Michael, Isabella, and Gianna. In 2011, the Ordia's made the decision that they wanted to be prepared as a household. During a time of crisis, whether it be a natural disaster, economic collapse, cyber-attack, or war. They did not want to be dependent on the government or any other institution to take care of them. Simply put, they wanted to be able to take care of themselves. The Ordia's currently reside in Central Virginia in a home that is 100% capable of running off-the-grid using solar and battery storage.