Ecotech Institute, a college focused on renewable energy, released two free e-books: The Complete E-Book to Starting a Career in Wind Energy and The Complete E-Book to Starting a Career in Solar Energy.
In its Solar E-book, Ecotech says the top 10 percent of solar panel installers earn $57,980, while the midpoint earn $37,900, and the lowest 10 percent earn $26,250.
Pay depends on experience, job location and the current economy. According to the E-book, solar installers will need the following skills:
- Mechanical Skills. Those interested in joining the solar squad must like working with complex electrical and mechanical equipment.
- Safety Skills. Learning and being able to apply safety training, like first aid and CPR, is a must.
- Basic Math Skills. Solar professionals often have to do some basic math on a job.
- Physical Strength. Being able to lift at least to 40 pounds is a requirement.
- Physical Stamina. Working in solar also means working on your feet, carrying panels and other heavy equipment, as well climbing ladders throughout the day.
- Customer-Service Skills. People skills are incredibly important when working with customers.
- Detail oriented. It’s important to carefully follow instructions and pay attention to details to make sure the system works without a hitch.