Solar

Where Are Solar Photovoltaic Installer Jobs?

Looking for a career with a lot of potential? The sky’s the limit for solar photovoltaic installers. It’s the fastest growing occupation on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list, with an astounding 105 percent job growth expected through 2026.[1] What exactly do these tradespeople do? And just where are all of the jobs for them? […]

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A Look at the Solar Photovoltaic Installer, One of the Fastest-Growing Skilled Trades Careers

New, energy-efficient buildings are needed to support the nation’s ever-increasing population, fuel demands and environmental initiatives. But who will build them? That’s the question on many contractors’ minds.[1] Not enough men and women are entering the increasingly green construction trades, and the country currently faces a skilled trades shortage.[2] We need more trained HVAC/R technicians, […]

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What Exactly Does A Solar Panel Installer Do?

Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions keeping growing, and customers and policy makers alike are becoming interested in what has been floated as the solution: solar power. Solar power harnesses the energy of the sun to provide the earth with electricity. It is a green power source, meaning it generates power without damaging the environment. […]

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Will the Tesla-SolarCity Merger Be Good for the Solar Industry?

In late 2016, Tesla, Inc., announced plans to buy SolarCity with the hopes that it could be a promising development for the solar industry. Tesla wants to create a sustainable energy company that powers both homes and cars. 1 Tesla is an American automaker, energy storage company, and solar panel manufacturer, and SolarCity is an […]

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What Is a Solar Panel Technician?

Sunlight has been touted as the key for energy efficiency. As concerns over global warming increase, the technicians responsible for installing the technology that harnesses the energy of the sun to provide people with clean electricity—solar panels—may be needed. 1 Solar Panel Technician Job Description Your work as a solar panel technician entails assembling, installing, […]

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Spotlight: Solar Technician Jobs in California

California has been in the news lately for its diminishing water resources, increasing energy issues and investments in solar energy. As a matter of fact, all these issues are intertwined. Bloomberg reports that California will become the world’s seventh-largest economy in the next few years, making energy and water concerns even more pressing. As a result, California […]

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What Are Renewable Energy Jobs?

On August 24, 2015, President Obama announced a new initiative in support of renewable energy. The president applauded the advancements in solar energy installations and noted the solar industry added jobs ten times faster than the regular economy. The Department of Energy will make billions of dollars in loan guarantees to support the renewable energy industry. […]

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Clean Energy Jobs are on the Rise

Going “green” is an ever-growing trend in the United States and across the globe. As nations switch to using renewable sources of energy, jobs are created in the sectors of wind, solar, and other environmentally friendly technologies. In fact, the U.S. government recently announced its commitment to funding training for clean energy jobs. Many vocational […]

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Now Active in California

The world’s largest solar-powered plant has opened in the desert of Riverside County, California, and could mark the beginning of nationwide large-scale solar plant projects. The 550-megawatt facility is estimated to produce enough energy to provide power for as many as 160,000 homes in the Golden State. It is anticipated to displace close to 300,000 metric tons of carbon […]

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How Do Solar Panels Work?

In the simplest terms, solar panels collect sunlight through photovoltaic (PV) cells and convert the light’s energy into electricity. How they deliver converted energy varies depending on the application. The Science Behind Solar PV cells consist of two plates of semiconducting material, commonly made of silicon. Silicon has some special chemical properties that make it an […]

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