The Solar Energy Industry

Find out more about the solar energy industry, includes information on solar classes and training and a list of solar dealer training programs.

| August/September 2003

Check out career and dealer options in the solar energy industry.

The Solar Energy Industry: An Energizing Career

Since last year, the residential grid-tie market has doubled, leaving many solar installers delighted, but overwhelmed with work. If you're motivated, mechanically inclined and energy-minded, consider a career in the solar industry. Many companies now offer comprehensive training programs, certifying their dealers and distributors. Kyocera Solar, Inc., conducts classes year-round at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, working with industry experts to offer overview courses on solar electric to classes on marketing renewable energy. Last spring, Sharp Solar launched a new training initiative that will qualify both electrical and roofing contractors to install Sharp products and back their installations with Sharp's warranty.

If you're interested in selling solar, consider contacting the following companies, which all offer dealer training programs:

Evergreen Solar
Kyocera Solar

Laurie Guevara-Stone teaches and writes about renewable energy, and coordinates international programs at Solar Energy International, Carbondale, Colorado.

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