Renewable solar energy as a career choice   

My initial interest in solar power began during a few National Park camping trips, when I saw a campground host using an off-grid solar system to provide power for his RV. The idea of having usable electrical energy coming from the sun in a remote location far from grid power – I became fascinated with the technology. I had always been a bit of a couch potato environmentalist, but after actually seeing a solar power system in use for the first time motivated me to stop just talking about the environment and actually start doing something about it.  Being able to convert the sun’s energy into usable electrical power became a professional pursuit. A career choice.

an installation I was a part of in Long Beach

Long Beach residential installation

My dream job is to be installing and maintaining solar electric systems in all the National and State Parks, but I’m happy working with all types of solar PV systems – grid-tied residential, commercial, off-grid, etc. NABCEP qualified, OSHA 30-hour cardholder, my main goal is to become a full-time Solar Operations and Maintenance Technician – making good use of my decades of electronic troubleshooting, repair, and calibration experience. However, I also have a lot of experience as Solar Site Auditor, and Installer. Mostly residential, although I have recently participated in a 2.5 megawatt system for the Miller-Coors brewing company.

Solar power is not the most complicated thing in the world but it takes a lot of knowledge on the subject to apply the technology properly. The schooling, practical experience, and background makes it mentally clear for me how solar power systems work – the math involved, the NEC electrical code requirements, as well as the physical components that are required for a successfully designed, assembled system that will pass all the inspections and provide useable, reliable power from the sun for many decades to come .

  Just about everything that happens in the modern world is depends on oil. Solar power can help reduce that dependency. It can also provide power in places where it would be unavailable otherwise.


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