Many people looking for work are considering a career shift with the change in the political status of this country. Solar demands should see a sharp rise in use and there may be great opportunities with enough time to jump on the wave. Anyone with an electrical background or, if a licensed electrician is a friend or family member, may have a great start. It amazes me how many skilled electricians contact me asking advise on how solar works. I assumed they just knew:-)
While I have consulted several people on solar basics and offered information through our videos, detailed installations require advanced knowledge and a licensed electrician. Anyone with basic skills or someone who takes a solar workshop/schooling should have an easy path to finding work. The cost of PV photovoltaic panels are estimated to drop dramatically as technology advances and this should translate into increased demand.
Several people have emailed me about classes and various training courses they have taken with pretty good results. Colleges are now offering solar technology in their curriculum. The fact that this is new to the college world is a big plus to anyone looking for a new line of work as the competition is still limited. The other type of stuff we do on our website with solar dishes and Fresnel Lenses was once only covered by engineering majors and physicists but that too is changing.
Learning the basics and obtaining a good grasp of DC power, inverters, wind turbines, PV, and solar water heaters, increases the chances of becoming an in demand consultant. A simple degree from an online course or community college will stand up well against the degrees currently out there. In another four years, that might not be the case so now is the time to get your foot in the door and bag some valuable experience. A solid working resume of successful installations and references will offer a nice defense to all the college degrees you will be competing against in years to come.
Look around and see what you can find. Please feel free to post any good sites that relate to this subject. Also, remember that it is not the cost of the class that makes a difference. We had our own graphic arts business doing layout and design work for years and never took a single course (about $15,000 for a degree). Solar is a bit different because you are messing with peoples houses and botching an electrical job could have tragic results. My point is, don't fall for big promises. Spend your money wisely and choose a place you are comfortable with. The goal is to have a good job and make a good living, not go deeper in debt. Read all the contracts, shop around, ask for references.
Below are 3 links to our videos on solar panels PV photovoltaic. I encourage you to watch them. This WILL NOT make you a licensed anything, but it is equivalent to learning your ABC's before you start school. Stay safe and good luck.