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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 $
46,000
Jobs Available
400+
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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Environmental Technology: Alternative Energy- Advanced Certificate

Coconino Community College
Flagstaff (0.0 Miles)

Advanced Photovoltaic Energy Systems, Certificate

Century College
White Bear Lake (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Systems Technology, A.A.S.

New Mexico State University - Alamogordo
Alamogordo (0.0 Miles)

Alternative Energy Technology Solar/Wind Energy Installation and Service, Certificate

Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown (0.0 Miles)

Alternative Energy Systems Specialist College Credit Certificate

Gulf Coast State College
Panama City (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Technology – Solar Installation and Maintenance, A.S.

Long Beach City College
Long Beach (0.0 Miles)

Environmental Science, A.A.S.

Eastern Gateway Community College
Steubenville (0.0 Miles)

Photovoltaics Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (0.0 Miles)

Energy and Sustainable Technologies, A.S.

Cypress College
Cypress (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Technology-Alternative Energy Option, A.S.

Gulf Coast State College
Panama City (0.0 Miles)

Photovoltaic Technician Career Prep (Online)

Forsyth Technical Community College
Winston-Salem (0.0 Miles)

Solar Installation and Maintenance Certificate of Achievement

Long Beach City College
Long Beach (0.0 Miles)

Find Solar Energy Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Commercial Field Service Technician

Tesla Motors
Rocky Hill ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Installer

Tesla Motors
Los Angeles ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Commercial Field Service Technician (Traveling)

Tesla Motors
Taunton ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Installer

Tesla Motors
Wilmington ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Commercial Field Service Technician

Tesla Motors
Lancaster ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Install Tech III

SunPower Corp.
Elgin ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Install Tech II

SunPower Corp.
White Plains ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Electrical Helper

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