Study solar energy
During the solar energy journey to the earth, approximately 19% of the energy is absorbed by the atmosphere that surrounds the earth, and then another 35% is absorbed by clouds.
Solar exterior lighting is extremely practical. It is powered by small solar cells that collect sunlight during the day, then store it for use at night. The solar cell can be mounted in a sunny place and wired to the lighting fixture it its location doesn’t receive enough direct sunlight during the day to power it.
Become a Solar Technician
Renewable energies are set to explode, solar energy jobs are and will be in high demand.
There are no jobs for life anymore, but for those with the right qualifications there will be no shortage of places to go to work to. Studying solar energy is one of the best investments you can do for yourself and family future and wellbeing.
Solar Energy demand has grown at about 30% per annum over the past 15 years (hydrocarbon energy demand typically grows between 0-2% per annum).
As costs in solar energy decline, market penetration is leading to very rapid growth rates in this industry.
When you think about the truly tremendous amount of heat that the sun produces, it seems absolutely ridiculous that we should want to burn our precious fossil fuels to heat things up.
We can use the sun to directly heat our buildings— this is known as passive heating—or we can use an intermediate storage and distribution medium such as water or air. The advantage of using water or air as a storage medium for the heat, is that we can concentrate the sun, and collect it efficiently using solar collectors, and then using a distribution network of pipes or ducts, we can direct the heat to where we want it; and, more importantly, direct the heat to the places where it can be utilized most effectively.
SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES:
- Evacuated Tube Collectors
- Solar Air Heaters
- Concentrated Solar Collectors
- Heat Driven Chillers
Solar Energy Employment Outlook
Solar Energy System Installers Basics
A background on plumbing, pipefitting, electrical and sheetmetal will be of high advantadge.
A good and competent solar energy engineer should also learn how to design and build sustainable, efficient, comfortable and beautiful homes. You can learn all those competences online, but only workshops will provide you with the necessary hands on experience installing a solar energy system.
Solar Photovoltaic Technology
A solar cell, or photovoltaic cell (PV), is a device that converts light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.
The photoelectric effect refers to the emission, or ejection, of electrons from the surface of, generally, a metal in response to incident light.
Solar Water Heating
Solar thermal Installers install and repair hot water and swimming pool heating systems
FACT: The earth receives more energy from the sun in just one hour than the world uses in a whole year.
How to land a job in solar energy
Most Solar Energy System Installers are trained by their employers. They start as helpers and climb up the ladder up to experienced installers.
To qualify as a trainee it will help you qualify having completed a high school shop courses in electricity and wood working, and summer jobs as construction helpers for plumbers, electricians or roofers contractors .
Some manufacturers sponsor training sessions on their products. Check the telephone yellow pages or search the internet for "Solar Energy Equipment and Systems" to locate manufacturers in your area.
Job seekers should also attend convention exhibits that demonstrate the latest developments in solar technology and talk to company representatives.
Solar Energy Installers Working Conditions
Solar Energy System Installers work outdoors most of the time. The work requires lifting heavy tools and equipment and the confidence to work on rooftops and in cramped quarters. Dangers from electrical shock or falling objects are uncommon when safety rules are followed. Tools are usually provided by the employer, but installers may supply their own work clothing and safety helmets.
Thermal and PVS installers mount pre-assembled solar panels or systems and install storage tanks, pumps, valves, pipes, and ducts.
They set up and adjust electrical or electronic controls and sometimes do routine maintenance. In new construction, they follow blueprints to connect piping, ducting, controls and wiring.
Solar Energy Installer Salaries
It is not possible to give an exact figure because salaries vary widely, it will depend on education, geographical location, and type of position. Technicians who are employed by large companies will normally receive larger benefits, including health insurance and paid vacations and holidays.