Archive for June, 2011

Are the Numbers for Solar Energy Related Jobs Inflated?

June 24, 2011

Often times it seems when the topic of solar energy is discussed the government provides a lot of the statistics supporting the industry.  Not to imply that these are inflated or inaccurate, but sometimes people feel more connected to something that they can research on their own.  Jobs in solar energy exist and they are growing rapidly. To prove that this is not all just hype the clearest and simplest way to illustrate this point is to conduct a few simple searches on a few professional web sites.

The number of solar energy related job openings nationwide when searching on indeed.com the day this article was written provided the following results:

  • Paying over $ 30,000 per year: 5,647
  • Paying over $ 50,000 per year: 4,127
  • Paying over $ 70,000 per year: 2,441
  • Paying over $ 90,000 per year: 1,149
  • Paying over $110,000 per year: 543

The number of professionals on LinkedIn that list themselves in a solar energy related position:

·  143,969

Solar Market Pioneer, Germany, in the middle of the global “great recession”, just had:

·  Lowest unemployment rate in over 20 years.

Solar companies are growing rapidly, and many are entering the “big leagues.” (First Solar, a 12.5 billion dollar solar company was just listed in the S&P 500 index.) These companies are opening large new facilities around the country, hiring hundreds of entry-level employees in sales, marketing, engineering, accounting, and other professions, along with dozens of management positions to lead them.

The numbers are by no means all inclusive.  As any jobseeker is aware not all professional positions are listed on a job search engine tool such as indeed.com, monster.com or simplyhired.com.  Many positions are available via personal referral only, or posted on the company web site itself.  This gives you an opportunity to survey the landscape and make a decision based on real time information.  Your next step would be to find a solar thermal training program in which to enroll so you are eligible for certification.

Solar thermal training is being sought by many to learn how to become a BPI Analyst and Weatherization Tech or to learn how to install solar panels to become a member of this solar energy industry.  If you are wondering where to start with your solar energy training contact eRenewable Resource Institute at 480 446-0400 or info@erenewableresource.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interested in Becoming Certified for a “Green Collared” Job?

June 18, 2011

Society has only truly taken an interest in the environment and their part in its decline as a result of our over use, consumption or waste of valuable resources in the past several decades.  Not only has this interest developed many new government programs and awareness it has created “green” companies to service the needs and desires of our society to be environmental responsible going forward.  Hence, it has created an entire new “green” industry, which has created “green collared” jobs.

For those individuals that have been displaced from their previous job, or industry, there is an abundant opportunity to thrive in the “green” community.  Solar energy related positions range from engineers that create the technology behind the products sold to installers of solar panels on homes and businesses.  Each “green collared” job requires a different level of education and/or certification in order to be considered for employment within the industry.

Individuals interested in a hands-on position, without the need to attend a four year university, within the industry need to seek out certified solar thermal training programs to prepare them for the government required certification tests that are required.  These programs are limited and all are not equal. Here is a suggested list of items you should consider when researching the right solar energy training program:

o   State licensed by the State Board for Postsecondary Education;

o   ISPQ accredited* renewable energy school;

o   NABCEP approved provider for the NABCEP Entry Level exam;

o   Entry and advanced level solar installation classes focused on residential and commercial solar design, installation and compliance through ISPQ accredited curriculum; and

o   Hands-on working labs with seasoned solar professional educators.

In addition to being trained for a “green collared” job in the solar energy market is that many of these programs are condensed and can be completed within two weeks or less.

Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged with the current marketplace.  There are many opportunities out there if you are looking in the right place.  Jobs in the solar energy market will be around 5 years from now and 25 years from now.  Make the investment in your “green” future today.

Solar thermal training is being sought by many to learn how to install solar panels to become a member of this solar energy industry.  If you are wondering where to start with your solar energy training contact eRenewable Resource Institute at 480 446-0400 or info@erenewableresource.com.

Want to Become a Solar Energy “Home Diagnostician”?

June 10, 2011

Just like a surgeon that is going to perform a heart transplant they need to conduct and certain number of tests on a patient to ensure the overall general health will support the new heart.  If the patient has another major organ that about to fail the efforts of a transplant would be wasted. Agreed?  The same analogy can be used when installing solar energy panels on a home.  It is necessary to perform a test to ascertain if there are reasons why the home would not be a good candidate for solar energy panel installation.  The individuals that conduct these tests need to be BPI certified Building Analyst with Weatherization training.  This sort of training can only be offered through certified solar thermal training programs, and once obtained can open up new career opportunities within the green industry.

If you are a prospective student looking for the right solar energy training program you want to ensure the program prepares you for the BPI (Building Performance Institute) certification exam (www.bpi.org). The course should focus on the “House as a System” concept using building science as the integrated approach to assessing, correcting and building residential structures.  Building science incorporates physics, chemistry, biology and engineering to better understand how to build or renovate homes that are more comfortable, durable, healthy, and energy efficient.

In addition to learning building science a prospective student also need to education on the weatherization industry standards. Students need to learn to identify and then implement cost effective strategies to improve the health, safety, durability and energy efficiency of residential buildings, and get the hands-on training and practice of how to do the most frequently needed repairs.

Upon completion of a course they need to be able to determine which products should or should not be installed in different residential applications, and how to interpret the MSDS for products that are installed. They also need to learn how to read and to write scopes of work for the repairs and renovations based on testing and diagnostic results.

If you have an aptitude for technical, science or engineering type fields and you are interested in an industry that has long term sustainability and growth in the marketplace check into becoming a certified BPI Building Analyst.

Solar thermal training is being sought by many to learn how to install solar panels to become a member of this solar energy industry.  If you are wondering where to start with your solar energy training contact eRenewable Resource Institute at 480 446-0400 or info@erenewableresource.com.

References:

www.bpi.org

www.erenewableresource.com

What to Look for in a Solar Thermal Training Program

June 3, 2011

In today’s society we have a number of able-bodied people finding themselves not only out a job, some people have found themselves without an industry in which to return.  It makes finding a new job not only a challenge but for some it is terrifying.  They are scrambling to figure out which industry is growing and has long-term sustainability in the marketplace.  The answer for many is a career in solar energy.  We have all heard the various phrases surrounding “going green” and research has proven it is not a fad.  Renewable energy is the future.

So now your decision is made.  You want a career in the solar energy industry – congratulations! Now the second level of panic sets in, you don’t know anything about solar energy.  Your worries can be set aside quickly by knowing there are incredible solar energy training schools that exist where you can learn everything you need to know to become a solar energy installer and be ready to enter the workforce in less than two weeks.

What you are looking for in a solar energy training program should include:

o   State licensed by the State Board for Postsecondary Education;

o   ISPQ accredited* renewable energy school;

o   NABCEP approved provider for the NABCEP Entry Level exam;

o   Entry and advanced level solar installation classes focused on residential and commercial solar design, installation and compliance through ISPQ accredited curriculum; and

o   Hands-on working labs with seasoned solar professional educators.

In some states, like Arizona, these institutions can also provide assistance in finding job placement services to assist students with job placement and career enhancement. Right now the only institution offering this service is eRenewable Resource Institute.  Owner and Instructor, Donna Marie Bertault, says, “Solar is our business both as educators and when it comes to helping our students launch or enhance their green careers. All eRenewable students qualify for ARG Staffing’s free “green staffing machine,” services that include assistance with job placement and career enhancement.”

Solar thermal training is being sought by many to learn how to install solar panels to become a member of this solar energy industry.  If you are wondering where to start with your solar energy training contact eRenewable Resource Institute at 480 446-0400 or info@erenewableresource.com.

*ISPQ accreditation, issued by The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, is not a recognized accrediting body by the US Department of Education

Reference:

www.erenewableresources.com

 


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