Solar installers are responsible for putting solar panels on residential roofs and commercial buildings. They also help ensure solar and photovoltaic devices meet government and building codes and identify safety hazards related to the installed panels to make sure they are sufficiently sealed and correctly wired.
Solar installers can work up to 12-hour days. Work typically begins at 6:30 or 7:00 am depending on the day. Installers work as a team installing the panels and other infrastructure and receive breaks throughout the day.
The skills a solar installer needs include being tech savvy, paying attention to detail, having an understanding of electrical systems, great communication skills, and a willingness to solve unique issues.
Some workers need only a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training lasting up to 1 year. Other candidates take a course at a technical school or community college. Some PV installers learn to install panels as part of an apprenticeship.
Solar Installers in America make an average salary of $37,239 per year or $18 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $47,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $29,000 per year.