Solar Installation

Solar installation is the craft of harnessing the power of sunlight to generate electricity or heat in homes or buildings. Solar installation for electrical applications is called photovoltaic installation or PV. Solar installation for heating water systems is called thermal installation.

Skills include:

  • Repair and seal roofing components
  • Cut, assemble, and install pipe
  • Install system wiring and circuits
  • Mount and maintain solar modules and collectors
  • Install sensors and controls
  • Read blueprints
  • Perform general carpentry, electrical and plumbing projects
  • Use green building techniques to conserve energy resources
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Demands of the Job

The work is indoors and out and requires installers to work at great heights. Generally, the trade is physically demanding — bending, lifting, kneeling, and standing for long periods. Installers also risk injury from falls and electrical shock, so safety precautions are vital. If you enjoy math, problem solving and working with your hands, solar installation may be the trade for you.

CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES

Job growth increased at a faster-than-average rate as efforts to reduce energy consumption rise and costs decrease. Solar panel manufacturers and installation companies are examples of businesses that might hire entry-level installers.

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Average Wage:

$14.02 per hour

Find a Program or Site

Positions

  • General Contractor
  • Design Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Solar Electrician (PV Installer)
  • Solar Plumbing (Thermal Installer)
  • Instructor
  • Product Sales
  • Journeyperson
  • Apprentice
  • Installation Helper

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