Green energy is one of the fastest growing sectors. With many states set to become 100% clean energy based in the coming years, the demand for Solar Photovoltaic installers has never been higher.
At the heart of his boom is solar power, collected by solar panels installed by Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installers. By 2029 the number of PV installers are projected to increase by 51%, almost 13x higher than the average of all occupations (bls.gov). Read more about what PV installers do and if it’s right for you below.
What are Solar Photovoltaics?
Solar Photovoltaics, also known as solar panels, harvest solar energy to create power. They are often installed on homes and large solar farms. When installed as designed, they can cheaply produce large amounts of electricity to power many homes.
What Does a Photovoltaic Installer Do?
Here is a basic job description of a Solar Photovoltaic Installer. The responsibilities will vary slightly by workplace, but common duties include:
- Cut, assemble, and install support structures for PVs
- Install solar panels, solar modules, and supports in line with local codes and laws
- Connect PV systems to electrical systems
- Weatherproof outdoor electrical equipment being installed
- Activate and test installed equipment
- Maintain PV systems when needed
- Be able to work at heights and in small spaces
- Work with electricians and roofers when needed
- Be familiar with electrical systems and reading blueprints
- Adhere to safe work practices
- Be able to lift up to 50lbs
What Kind of Education Do Solar Photovoltaic Installers Need?
In general, to become a PV installer, you need to have a high school diploma or GED. Many PV installers attend a technical school before starting their careers. The most common type of program that PV installers pursue is electrical technology training. Others learn through apprenticeships or on-the-job training.
Is a Solar Photovoltaic Installer Job Right for Me?
If you enjoy working outdoors with your hands, a job as a PV installer may be for you. It may also be a good choice for you if you feel strongly about green energy.
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