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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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Hutchinson Community College logo

Renewable Energy Technology Certificate

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)

Alternative Energy

Missouri State University - West Plains
West Plains (214.6 Miles)
Des Moines Area Community College logo

Renewable Energy Technology, A.A.S

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankey (338.2 Miles)
Amarillo College logo

Solar, A.A.S.

Amarillo College
Amarillo (366.5 Miles)
Texas State Technical College logo

Solor Energy Technology, A.A.S.

Texas State Technical College
Waco (384.8 Miles)
Texas State Technical College logo

Energency Efficiency Specialist Certificate 1

Texas State Technical College
Waco (384.8 Miles)
Eastern Iowa Community College District logo

Renewable Energy System specialist, A.A.S

Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport (411.2 Miles)
Minnesota West Community and Technical College logo

Solar Photovoltic Technician Certificate

Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Worthington (451.5 Miles)
Austin Community College District logo

Renewable Energy Specializaiton, A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (481.5 Miles)
Austin Community College District logo

Renewable Energy Specialization Level 1 Certificate

Austin Community College District
Austin (481.5 Miles)
St Philip's College logo

Power Generation and Alternative Energy Level 2 Certificate

St Philip's College
San Antonio (553.4 Miles)
St Philip's College logo

Power Generation and Alternative Energy Occupational Skills Award

St Philip's College
San Antonio (553.4 Miles)

Find Solar Energy Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Installer I

SunPower Corp.
Cranbury ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 8 months 1 week ago

Solar Installer

Sunpro
Oklahoma City ( 145.6 ) Miles
Posted 2 days 3 hours ago

Solar Installer

Sunpro
Kansas City ( 153.3 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

Solar Installer

Sunpro
North Little Rock ( 247.2 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

Laborer / Solar Installer

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

Service Technician

Sunpro
Omaha ( 288.4 ) Miles
Posted 2 days 3 hours ago

Solar Installer

Sunpro
Dallas ( 303.6 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks ago

Solar Installer

Momentum Solar
Dallas ( 303.6 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 5 days ago