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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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Geothermal Energy Certificate of Achievement

Cypress College
Cypress (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy, A.A.S.

Lake Land College
Mattoon (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Specialization Level 1 Certificate

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Applied Process Technology: Energy Systems Operation, A. A. S.

Pierpont Community and Technical College
Fairmont (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technician: Solar PV Installation and Maintenance, A.S.

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

Green Building Energy Professional, A.S.

San Diego City College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technical Specialist, A.A.S

St. Cloud Technical and Community College
St Cloud (0.0 Miles)

Solar Energy Certificate of Achievement

Cypress College
Cypress (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Management Certificate

Lake Land College
Mattoon (0.0 Miles)

Photovoltaic (PV) Installers Certificate

El Paso Community College
El Paso (0.0 Miles)

Energy Systems, A.A.S.

Navajo Technical University
Crownpoint (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technician: Solar PV Installation and Maintenance - Solar PV Installation and Maintenance Technician Certificate

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

Find Solar Energy Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Solar Installer

Momentum Solar
Fort Lauderdale ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 8 months ago

Solar Installer

Momentum Solar
Jacksonville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months ago

Commercial Field Service Technician - Philadelphia

Tesla Motors
Philadelphia ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months ago

Solar Technician

Momentum Solar
San Antonio ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Residential Field Service Technician

Tesla Motors
Fresno ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Commercial Field Service Technician

Tesla Motors
Temecula ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Installer

Tesla Motors
Hartford ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 4 weeks ago

Solar Installer

Momentum Solar
Dallas ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago