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100 Home
101 Introduction
102 FAQ Page
103 Course Catalog
104 Green World
105 Demand & Supply
106 Conservation Careers
107 Solar Careers
108 Wind Turbine Careers
109 Entrepreneurs
110 Employee or Employer?
200 Demand Management
201 Summary
202 Residential Energy Profile
203 Ten Conservation Rules
204 HVAC System
205 Kitchen Appliances
206 Water Heater
207 Lighting
208 Laundry Appliances
209 Calculating Savings
300 Renewable Technology
301 Solar Energy
302 Solar Collectors
303 Solar Water Heating
304 Stirling Engines
305 Basic AC-DC Electronics
306 Silicon Solar Panels
307 Thin Film Solar Panels
308 Wind Turbines
309 Inverters
310 Grid Tied and Off Grid
311 Solar Site Survey
312 Solar Site Diagram
313 Sun Path Chart
314 Site Survey Worksheet
315 Wind Turbine Site Survey
316 Wind Turbine Worksheet
400 Solar Thermal Design
401 Solar Heat Overview
402 System Configuration
403 Site Survey
404 SRCC Compliance
405 System Specification
406 Bill of Materials
407 System Installation
408 Solar Heat Incentives
409 Document Package
410 Future Products
500 Solar PV Design
501 Solar PV Overview
502 System Configuration
503 Site Survey
504 Grid Tied & Off Grid
505 System Specification
506 Bill of Materials
507 System Installation
508 Solar PV Incentives
509 Document Package
510 Future Products
600 Wind Turbine Design
601 Wind Turbine Overview
602 System Configuration
603 Site Survey
604 Grid Tied and Off Grid
605 System Specification
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Green Collar Solar Careers

Careers in Solar Energy field cover a range from assemblers and installers to engineers and project managers.  For the entrepreneur Solar Energy offers some fantastic opportunities and minimal initial investment.

Green Collar Solar Careers

Carbon Credit Supply Chain - With recent legislation (often referred to as "Cap & Trade") utility and major consumer of carbon based fuels have stimulated an entire new supply chain for carbon credit trading.  Renewable systems such as wind and solar generators earn credits that are fast becoming valuable commodities for sale to carbon consumers.  The array of jobs follow typical Supply Chain Management position profiles.  Finding these positions may take researching who the buyers are of wind and solar power carbon credits and leaning who the high volume consumers and producers of carbon are.  Few of those positions will be listed on the typical internet job boards like monster.

System Installer - Installation requires skilled labor that will install, assemble, connect wiring, test and commission systems.  Skills include an understanding of structures, blueprint reading, solar components, and Commercial AC/building wiring, plumbing, and basic carpentry.  Some regions may require a level of certification for electrical wiring installation.  Also requires capability of lifting 35 Lbs and comfortable working on rooftops.  Knowledge of OSHA requirements and scaffold safety recommended.  Knowledge of Man-Lift ("Cherry Picker") and small crane operation is helpful but not required.  Salaries range from $30000 - $50000 depending on technical skills.

Certified Installer - Some utilities require the connection of a system to the grid is performed only by a Certified Electrician.  Utility Certification will require good understanding of Commercial AC Power and both National Electric Code and any supplemental local Electrical Wiring Codes.  Utility Certifications are among the most valuable Green Collar Career credentials to have for a supply side career.  Certified Installers should be capable of the same tasks that a System Installer can perform as there will be greater demand for someone with well rounded skills.  Salaries range from $45000 - $65000 depending on technical skills and certifications.

System Sales Analyst - Most existing contractors that install Solar Energy systems tend to be a bit light on marketing and sales staff in part because they lack flexibility for cyclic work loads typical for small businesses.  This may present an opportunity to work as an independent consultant - this could be the ground floor to opening you're own business with practically zero investment!

The full range of duties may include prospecting customers, determining customer energy demand profile, evaluating their site for recommended system selection, and preparing a quotation package for the customer.  Financial transactions are directly between the customer and installation contractor - all the System Sales Analyst is responsible for is to "book the sale" on a commission basis of generally 10-15%.  Earnings can realistically range between $50,000 and $200,000 if you have the right skills.  Requirements include a the skills equal to a Building Auditor, ability to configure solar systems, knowledge of local utility and electrical code requirements, federal, state and local tax incentives, utility incentives, a good working relationship with the installation contractor, and general sales & closing skills.

Solar Energy Project Manager - This where the "employee" money really is in the industry although most installation contractors know that and few will hire someone for this task.  It is more or less a position you may create as as you've practiced as a System Sales Analyst and have acquired a good working relationship with a multitude of subcontractors.  This position requires the same skill levels as a System Analyst along with project scheduling, resource and financial skills.  The only thing that will separate a Project Manager from a Solar Energy Business Owner are the financial transactions.  The Project Manager will inherit some level of liability and may require insurance.  This position is generally a short term step up the ladder to a Solar Energy Business Owner.  Earnings can realistically range between $100,000 and $200,000.

Solar Energy Business Owner - Moving into owning your own business will require all the skills of a Solar Energy Project Manager along with financial backing, credit availability, business license and any applicable licensing as required by local or utility authorities.  Earnings potential is nearly unlimited.