Solar installers assemble, install and maintain solar photovoltaic systems on rooftops and other surfaces to produce electricity. They work in a variety of settings, from private homes to municipal power plants. They might use welding or carpentry skills to cut or assemble structural framing, and they may need electrical engineering, construction management or solar system design training.
Solar workers often work long hours. One worker who sent Motherboard photos of a solar field in Indiana said that he worked 10-to-14 hour days, six to seven days a week, for months on end. “You wake up and it’s dark, go to bed at night in the dark, then get up in the dark,” he said. In the summer, temperatures can soar to 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more, with wind and rain making it even hotter.
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When solar installation begins, the crew of in-house or third-party solar contractors will mark your roof for panel placement and install any necessary electrical wiring. They’ll then assemble the solar panels and other parts of your system, including an inverter and battery bank.
Once everything is in place, a local government representative will check the system for safety issues like faulty wiring and loose mounting equipment, and will give it permission to operate (PTO). Your solar installer should schedule this inspection for you. Your solar system will also come with multiple warranties, from manufacturer warranties for different components to a workmanship warranty from your installer.