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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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Renewable Energy Management Certificate

Lake Land College
Mattoon (0.0 Miles)

Photovoltaic Certificate

Union County College
Cranford (0.0 Miles)

Energy Systems, A.A.S.

Navajo Technical University
Crownpoint (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Technology (Electro-Mechanical with Green Energy Concentration), A.S.

Bristol Community College
Fall River (0.0 Miles)

Residential Solar Surveying and Planning Certificate of Completion

College of the Desert
Palm Desert (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy, A.A.S.

Wayne County Community College District
Detroit (0.0 Miles)

Solar Energy Certificate

Sauk Valley Community College
Dixon (0.0 Miles)

Sustainable Energy Technology Certificate

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Technology - Photovoltaic Design and Installation, A.S.

Pasadena City College
Pasadena (0.0 Miles)

Microelectronics Technology: Solar Voltaic Manufacturing, A.A.S

Portland Community College
Portland (0.0 Miles)

Solar Battery Storage Installation and Maintenance Certificate of Completion

College of the Desert
Palm Desert (0.0 Miles)
Triton College

Renewable Energy Technology, Certificate

Triton College
River Grove (0.0 Miles)

Find Solar Energy Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Install Tech III

SunPower Corp.
Sacramento ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months ago

Install Tech II

SunPower Corp.
Elk Grove ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months ago

Solar Installation Tech

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

Commercial Field Service Technician

Tesla Motors
Industry ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

Installer

Tesla Motors
Jacksonville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

Site Surveyor

Tesla Motors
Marlborough ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

Commercial Field Service Technician

Tesla Motors
Cincinnati ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

Installer

Tesla Motors
Sacramento ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago