Solar – A Career Within Reach [Infographic]

Monday, October 27, 2014 11:22
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There are various reasons someone decides to become a solar energy professional – flexible schedule, good income, and the satisfaction in helping people become more energy independent and environmentally sustainable to name a few. But there are other factors that can tip the scale in favor of becoming a certified solar installer. There are few barriers to entry, start-up costs are relatively low, and you can be up and running quickly. Depending on the situation, these factors can weigh heavily when you compare starting a career in solar to other career choices.

Check out Kaplan Clean Tech Education’s infographic below that outlines  Solar – A Career that’s Within Reach.

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Solar - A Career Within Reach

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SolarCity Offers Bonds Online to Ordinary Investors (Re-Post)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:21
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A SolarCity worker installs panels on the roof of a house in California. Thor Swift for the New York Times.

SolarCity worker installs panels on the roof of a house in California. Thor Swift for the New York Times.

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SolarCity, the country’s leading installer of rooftop solar systems, began selling bonds online to ordinary investors on Wednesday, joining a handful of companies that are using crowdfunding to finance solar development.

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What Does A Solar Certification Education Consist Of?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:39
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Education Requirements

Solar EducationBecoming a solar professional can be a confusing process for many people. It isn’t necessarily a career that requires a college education, but it does require a very specific skill set, so you can’t simply start doing business immediately. Oftentimes, becoming a professional solar installer sometimes requires an Electricians License that is regulated by the state in which you wish to install.

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What Do Solar Installers Do (And How Much Do They Make)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 14:14
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Interested in a Career in Solar Energy?

A Quick Overview – Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers

Solar panel installationSolar PV installers are key to the operations of solar panel installation and maintenance. They utilize a particular skill-set to maximize the effectiveness of both residential and commercial projects. They are in charge of safely attaching the modules to the roofs of houses or other buildings and guaranteeing that the entire systems works.  Solar PV installers are expected to work with a variety of tools (both electronic and mechanical), have knowledge of electrical wiring, and possess basic math skills. At any given point, installers must be ready to be problem solvers, ready to repair damaged systems or replace malfunctioning components at the drop of a hat. Not surprisingly, safety is a top priority when installing solar panels because of the height of most projects and the high voltage that solar panels produce.

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Top Ten Traits of a Successful Solar Installer

Thursday, October 2, 2014 13:57
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Solar ProfessionalThe world of residential solar installation has many different players, including inspectors, property managers, contractors, bankers, and government agencies, as well as prospective owners and occupants. But, the workhorses of the typical solar photovoltaic project are the people on the ground—the solar design and installation professionals.

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How To Become A Solar Installer

Thursday, September 25, 2014 16:18
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Solar Installation

Deciding to become a solar energy installation professional is a major move in anyone’s career journey. People enter the field of renewable energy from various occupations and careers and at various stages of their lives. Everyone has different reasons why they think solar energy is the correct career choice for them. But, one question consistently comes from people looking to enter the solar photovoltaic industry: “How do I become a solar PV Installer?”

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How to Harness Solar Power in Your Backyard

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:32
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Image credit: The Home Depot

Image credit: The Home Depot

What better place to use the clean, infinitely renewable energy that the sun provides than in your outdoor space? “Living green” now has more meanings than one. Solar power might seem like the obvious choice over greenhouse gas-producing fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, but we still have some hurdles to overcome. According to National Geographic, the sun beams enough energy onto Earth in one hour to satisfy global energy needs for a year. The big question here is how to efficiently harness all that energy.

Photovoltaic (PV) solar energy technology is essentially capturing the sun’s light and converting it into energy that we can use to power our homes, businesses, vehicles and more. We use panels made of solar cells that absorb photons from the sun’s rays and release usable electricity in the form of electrons. This effect was discovered in 1839, but first became available to the common citizen in the 1970s. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s New in the World of Renewables – India’s Floating Solar Panels

Thursday, July 31, 2014 16:56
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It was 1985 when the first Tour de Sol, a Swiss rally for solar powered vehicles, ushered in a new era of design and innovation for solar energy use. Among the first of its kind, the contest challenged teams of students and engineers to use solar cells to propel their “racecars” through Swiss towns. Now, nearly 30 years later, similar competitions all over the world openly invite interested parties to engage with solar technology in ways that maintain the velocity of its innovation and implementation.

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The Dirty Little Secret of The Electronic Era

Friday, July 11, 2014 12:30
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rsz_1dlsee_image_by_rayi_christian_wLaptops, phones, mp3 players and other electronic gadgets have become staple commodities in today’s technological era.  Our need for new and improved electronic equipment that becomes obsolete in two or three years has spawned the fastest growing waste stream: e-waste.

The Problem:

In 2012 the world purchased 238.5 million televisions, 444.4 million computers and tablets and a staggering 1.75 billion cellphones. Back in 2008, Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resource Defense Council, estimated that in the USA alone we throw out 48 million computers and 100  every year. In fact, according to Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, the average US cellphone has a 22 month lifecycle. All these discarded electronics add up to 5-7million tons of ewaste every year from the USA alone. The volume of this electronic waste is expected to increase by 33% by 2020.

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The World Cup of Renewable Energy

Thursday, July 3, 2014 13:28
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or in a room without tv access (like me), you’ve probably seen one, or several world cup games in recent days. FIFA has been everywhere lately, and not just for soccer (..or football). One hot button topic surrounding the 2014 World Cup games are the measures that planners and developers have gone through to reduce the environmental impact of the games. Of the 12 stadiums being used for the games, 10 have applied for LEED certification, a recognition that indicates a high level of sustainable awareness. While the ultimate goal of the organizers is to have some sort of green energy integrated in all of the stadiums, as of now only four of the stadiums utilize solar energy in their design. To put numbers into perspective, the installation at Estadio Mineirão produces enough energy to power about 1,200 households, while the Solar PV system at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha will generate enough energy to supply almost 2,000 households per day which is a great step towards creating a more sustainable society.

Brazil has very obviously dedicated much thought and planning to their renewable energy projects, but what about some of the other countries participating in the World Cup?

Lets pretend for a moment that the World Cup is a competition over sustainability bragging rights and not soccer. Based on figures from Renewables 2014 Global Status Report and teams competing in this years World Cup, I made my bracket for the first ever (imaginary) Renewable Energy World Cup.


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