Solar Energy Installation Manager

Branch Operations Manager, Commercial Subcontractor, Crew Lead, Crew Leader   More Names
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Solar energy installation managers plan and coordinate installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar and solar thermal systems to ensure conformance to codes.   They supervise solar installers, technicians, and subcontractors for solar installation projects to ensure compliance with safety standards and assess potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements.  They assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels and coordinate or schedule building inspections for solar installation projects. In this role, a manager is called upon to monitor the work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure projects conform to plans, specifications, schedules, or budgets.  Once a project has been completed they perform start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation. 

Solar energy installation managers provide technical assistance to installers, technicians, or other solar professionals in areas such as solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, electrical systems, and mechanical systems.  They regularly visit customer sites to determine solar system needs, requirements, or specifications. They also develop and maintain system architecture, including all piping, instrumentation, or process flow diagrams. 

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
10% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $50,190 - $81,400    Hourly: $24 - $39
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Most solar photovoltaic installation managers spend their days outdoors. Like construction managers, the solar installation forman's days often start early to beat the worst of the heat. Work ceases when it rains, as installing systems is dangerous in wet weather. Working in high places requires taking special precautions, such as wearing a harness, but safety equipment is often no match for hazardous outdoor conditions.

The installation manager is responsible for applying and following all safety procedures and regulations on the job. Work schedules of solar photovoltaic installers and managers can be similar to those of construction workers, with long hours and flexible schedules.

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Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

10% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $50,190 - $81,400

Hourly: $24 - $39