Looking for a job in solar energy?
The solar industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, and offers tremendous opportunities for workers from all backgrounds. SEIA provides guidance and information to members regarding solar training opportunities, certifications, and training program accreditations. Additionally, SEIA coordinates with training providers and certification organizations to provide information and guidance to members.
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Many SEIA members offer training for their employees and industry partners. In addition, some SEIA members offer solar-specific training courses to the general public.
- Solar Energy International - Founded in 1991, this non-profit organization's mission is to empower people around the world through the education of sustainable practices. Through their Renewable Energy Education Program (REEP), they offer hands-on workshops and online courses in solar PV, wind, micro-hydro, solar hot water and natural home building.
At our Solar Power International and PV America events, we offer numerous opportunities to learn more about every aspect of solar technology, markets, and policy. Through concurrent sessions and pre- and post-conference workshops, attendees can learn about everything from PV system design to technology patenting to solar system marketing. Employees of SEIA member companies receive a discount on registration to these events.
In the SEIA LinkedIn group, solar professionals can share news articles, start discussions, and pose questions to our network with their industry peers. The SEIA LinkedIn group is a great place to build relationships and network with others working on the front lines of America's growing solar industry.
The group is open to all employees of SEIA member companies, employees of nonmember companies who qualify for SEIA membership, and employees of allied organizations or companies engaged with the solar energy community.
Our sister organization, The Solar Foundation, conducts an annual census of solar jobs across the United States. The most recent census found that the solar industry employed over 100,000 people in August 2011, and that solar jobs were growing at over ten times the rate of the overall U.S. economy. The full solar jobs census report (pdf) contains a breakdown of the top solar employment states, along with recommendations to policymakers, and a value-chain breakdown for the top five solar states.
The DOE Solar Career Map explores an expanding universe of solar-energy occupations, describing diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the high-quality training necessary to do them well.