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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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$ 30,000 - $ 64,000
$ 45,000
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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)
Job 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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Photovoltaics Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (149.7 Miles)

Alternative Energy

Missouri State University - West Plains
West Plains (214.6 Miles)
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Energy Technology, A.A.S.

Central Community College
Grand Island (300.3 Miles)
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Energy Technology Diploma

Central Community College
Grand Island (300.3 Miles)
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Solar Power Certificate

Central Community College
Grand Island (300.3 Miles)

Solar Training

St. Louis Community College
Bridgeton (309.4 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technology Certificate

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (313.7 Miles)

Renewable Energy, A.A.S.

Lake Land College
Mattoon (428.9 Miles)

Renewable Energy Management Certificate

Lake Land College
Mattoon (428.9 Miles)

Renewable Energy Skills Certificate

Heartland Community College
Normal (431.9 Miles)

Solar Energy Certificate

Sauk Valley Community College
Dixon (461.5 Miles)
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Renewable Energy Specializaiton, A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (481.5 Miles)

Find Solar Energy Technician Jobs in Your Area

Coordinates

Installer I

SunPower Corp.
Cranbury ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Install Tech

SunPower Corp.
Cranbury ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

Utility-Apprentice/Installer

Sunpro
Oklahoma City ( 145.6 ) Miles
Posted 5 days 1 hour ago

Installer

Sunpro
Oklahoma City ( 145.6 ) Miles
Posted 3 days 1 hour ago

Installer

Sunpro
Oklahoma City ( 145.6 ) Miles
Posted 3 days 1 hour ago

Installer

Sunpro
Hot Springs ( 233.8 ) Miles
Posted 3 days 1 hour ago

Solar Installer Little Rock, AR

Sunpro
North Little Rock ( 247.2 ) Miles
Posted 3 days 1 hour ago

Laborer / Solar Installer

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Sulphur Springs ( 272.7 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago