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What Does a Solar Energy Technician Do?

When you have an abundance of sunshine, you want to harness that free energy. That’s where solar energy technicians come in. These  technicians — also called solar photovoltaic installers — assemble, install and maintain solar panels on homes, businesses or open land. Photovoltaic or PV panels convert sunshine into energy.

Solar technicians may install photovoltaic solar panels, which convert the sun’s rays into electricity, or solar thermal panels, which capture the sun’s rays for usable heat. Depending on the job and state laws, photovoltaic installers may connect the PV panels to the electrical grid. The work is outdoors, often high off the ground and on slanted surfaces.

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Median Salary $
45,000
Jobs Available
2,320+
A solar energy technician installs solar panels
Solar energy technician jobs are projected to grow more than 60% during the next eight years, much faster than the average for all occupations. (Credit: Sonpichit Salangsing/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Design a solar panel system based on customer needs and structural conditions
  • Assemble and install the racking, panels and electrical equipment
  • Connect the panels to the electrical system
  • Activate and test the solar panel system
  • Perform system maintenance
Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma and a willingness to learn the trade on the job, which can take anywhere from a month to a year.  Some students take courses at community colleges or trade schools to learn about solar panel installation. Experience in mechanical or electrical installation can also be helpful.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Have strong communication skills to interact effectively with clients
  • Are detailed-oriented
  • Enjoy working with complex electrical and mechanical equipment 
  • Know how to use a variety of hand and power tools
  • Are physically fit and able to carry panels and other heavy equipment

Solar Energy Technician training in your area

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Energy Systems, A.A.S.

Jackson College
Jackson (0.0 Miles)

Environmental Technology: Alternative Energy Technician, A.A.S.

Coconino Community College
Flagstaff (0.0 Miles)

Energy Management and Building Science Certificate of Achievement

De Anza College
Cupertino (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technology Systems Certificate

El Paso Community College
El Paso (0.0 Miles)

Photo Voltaic Entry Level - Grid Tie Certificate

New Mexico State University - Alamogordo
Alamogordo (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technology Certificate

Rogue Community College
Grants Pass (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technician: Solar Thermal, A.S.

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Los Angeles (0.0 Miles)
Triton College

Renewable Energy Technology, Certificate

Triton College
River Grove (0.0 Miles)

Solar Turbines Apprenticeship, A.S.

San Diego City College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Environmental Technology: Alternative Energy- Intermediate Certificate

Coconino Community College
Flagstaff (0.0 Miles)

Energy Management and Building Science Certificate of Achievement-Advanced

De Anza College
Cupertino (0.0 Miles)

Solar Photovoltaic System Installer Certificate Level 1

Houston Community College
Houston (0.0 Miles)

Find Solar Energy Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Momentum Solar
Houston ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

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Tesla Motors
South Burlington ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Momentum Solar
Metuchen ( 0.0 ) Miles
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All Energy Solar
Saint Paul ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months ago

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Momentum Solar
Jacksonville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Solar Installer

Sunrun Inc.
Shrewsbury ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago