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Course Title
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 Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Green is the word for entrepreneurs looking for the right opportunity to open a new business!

For under $1000 you can begin performing residential energy audits and earn up to $500 a day.  For around $10000 you can open your own Renewable Energy System Sales & Installation business.  The best advice in starting a business is to start small and work your way up as quickly as possible.

The following shows the proven progression model for a successful Green Collar business startup:

1) Residential Energy Audits - Closing the first sale is probably the biggest achievement in any entrepreneur's business life.  Its the steepest slope to climb!  After you've past that hurdle you'll be refining your skills to service the customers for a while.  Each job will get a little easier.  Once you've established the confidence you deserve you'll begin to realize that most customers would gain some major benefits with a renewable system. 

As your confidence rises begin establishing contacts with any local/regional contractors who install solar or wind turbine systems.  Chances are you may need to travel 100-200 or more miles to visit them personally.  Introduce yourself as an independent consultant who is looking for a subcontractor they can refer for service to your clients.  Take the time to inspect the work of the potential contractor at some of their jobsites.  You are creating a new partner in this relationship.  If possible find a second and a third contractor and pick the one you think is most qualified.

2) Renewable Energy System Sales - After maybe 50 Residential Audits if you've identified a couple of good subcontractors for system installation its almost certain you'll find some excellent opportunities to interest the customer in a solar or wind system.  If you can refer the work to a subcontractor, you will also deserve a fair commission - generally ranging from 5% - 15%.  The closer you bring that customer closing the sale for the subcontractor, the higher the percentage you'll earn.

3) Turnkey Audit & Renewable Energy Business - By working with a subcontractor to install maybe a dozen systems and at least a year of selling renewable systems, you may be ready to take one more step up the ladder.  This will be the second biggest step in the business;  You'll become responsible for the financial transaction of materials and payroll so you will need to be financially strong.

The majority of the independent subcontractors who are already in the Green Collar business followed those same 3 steps.