PV Installers are the solid core of the solar industry: They set up and maintain the sophisticated equipment and wiring that connects a solar energy system to the electrical grid.
Residential or small commercial installation professionals may design and prepare the system layout based on specific site characteristics; obtain permits; measure, cut, assemble, and bolt structural framing and solar modules, safely attaching panels to roofs or ground mounts; wire and connect the system to an inverter; inspect installed equipment, structures, or materials to determine code and safety compliance; and, finally, commission the system, ensuring that it meets basic performance estimates. The size of the company will determine how specialized any given job is within that broad technical installation sequence.
▸ Solar PV Technician (commercial/utility)
This move typically requires large-scale electrical systems and instrumentation training.
▸ Solar Project Manager
This path likely involves additional training in solar system design and construction management.
▸ Utility Interconnection Engineer
An associate's degree will facilitate this move.
▸ Residential PV System Designer
Certification and additional mechanical or electrical training would facilitate this move.
▸ Solar Installation Contractor
Typically requires additional licensure and solar, business, or construction management training.
▸ Solar Instructor
Certification and a bachelor’s degree or master crafts credential will support this move.