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Green Occupation:
47-1011.03 - Solar Energy Installation Managers

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Solar energy installation managers work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Renewable Energy Generation — This sector covers activities related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, non-renewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Assess potential solar installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements.
  • Assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels.
  • Coordinate or schedule building inspections for solar installation projects.
  • Develop and maintain system architecture, including all piping, instrumentation, or process flow diagrams.
  • Estimate materials, equipment, and personnel needed for residential or commercial solar installation projects.
  • Evaluate subcontractors or subcontractor bids for quality, cost, and reliability.
  • Identify means to reduce costs, minimize risks, or increase efficiency of solar installation projects.
  • Monitor work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure projects conform to plans, specifications, schedules, or budgets.
  • Perform start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation.
  • Plan and coordinate installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar and solar thermal systems to ensure conformance to codes.
  • Prepare solar installation project proposals, quotes, budgets, or schedules.
  • 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.
  • Purchase or rent equipment for solar energy system installation.
  • Supervise solar installers, technicians, and subcontractors for solar installation projects to ensure compliance with safety standards.
  • Visit customer sites to determine solar system needs, requirements, or specifications.