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Solar Installer Job Duties: What to Expect in the Field

An overview of the physical duties held by a solar installer

Solar Installer Job Duties: What to Expect in the Field

So you’re interested in becoming a solar installer. Awesome! But what does it actually mean to install solar? Let’s just say that it takes slightly more effort than hooking part A into part B and calling it a day.

A solar installer’s primary duties include the following tasks:

  • Meeting with the customer/client to determine needs, expectations, and site conditions
  • Connecting photovoltaic panels to the power grid
  • Installing solar modules, panels, or support structures in accordance with building codes and standards
  • Applying weather sealing to equipment being installed
  • Performing routine PV system maintenance
  • Activating and testing PV systems to verify performance

How to Become a Solar PV InstallerThe installation process requires the use of hand and power tools. These may include wrenches, saws, and screwdrivers to connect panels to frames, wires, and support structures.

Once everything is installed, workers check electrical systems for proper wiring, polarity, grounding, or integrity of terminations, and perform maintenance as needed.

If you’d like to explore solar panel installations in greater detail, you should check out Everblue’s solar training programs. Our PV101 Solar Associate Training is on-demand webinar course that covers the basics of solar energy. It is a great introduction to the PV201 Solar Installation course, where we actually teach individuals how to physically install a 1 kW solar array. Naturally, this course must be delivered in a live setting so that students can work with the materials.

And finally, if you’re looking to earn a solar certification, you should explore our NABCEP PV Installation Professional program. The combo course combines the online PV101 Solar Associate, PV201 Solar Installation, OSHA 10, and Solar Sales. In order to qualify for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam, you have to participate in 58 hours of training. Our NABCEP PV Installation Professional program gives you all the hours you need to be eligible!

For more information on where to begin your solar PV career, give us a call at (800) 460-2575.

About Lesley Cowie

Lesley has been passionately advocating for and working with green building and renewable energy since 2009. She has experience with LEED certification, home energy auditing, blower door testing, solar energy, and more. She holds many certifications, including LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Certification. Her work has won numerous awards over the past decade.