The solar industry has taken off since 2009, spurred by increased government investment and technological advances. What was once a niche industry has become the energy option of choice for millions of homeowners, who are happy to choose solar panels over traditional electricity, thanks to the financial benefits of using sustainable energy. With more and more construction jobs catering to this burgeoning industry, it’s a great time to be a solar panel installer.
The basics: It isn’t a career for everyone. You have to be comfortable working on rooftops, where panels are best suited for exposure to the sun, and be physically capable enough to handle their considerable weight. Furthermore, experience of working with tools is, obviously, a must. So don’t just expect to apply and get the job without these kinds of basic skills.
What employers look for: Jobs invariably go to candidates from the construction industry, particularly those with electrical experience. As you will need to wire panels to work within a home’s electrical system, it’s a no-brainer. Even if you don’t have this kind of experience, you won’t necessarily be overlooked. However, to realistically get your foot in the door, you will need to demonstrate some proficiency in these areas.
How to land the Job: While some may say certification isn’t required, you don’t want to be bottom of the competitive pile. So you should strongly consider becoming a certified solar panel installer. The most respected and widely recognized certification comes from the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners).