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How to grasp a solar job?

How to grasp a solar job?(By Michal Lenchener via Examiner.com)SAN FRANCISCO - There are reasons for Green Careers optimism. In

particular, the renewable energy economy sparks high interest and creates

numerous opportunities for green jobs and career training paths to ‘go

green’. The federal government is investing billions into the renewable

energy and energy efficiency sectors to help get the U.S. economy back on

track. Existing and emerging businesses are investing even more.Make a difference in the solar world, where training, education, and many

jobs are already available!Solar technologies include the following (from

California Center for Sustainable Energy):Photovoltaics (PV) means ?means the process of converting sunlight into

electricity.Solar Water Heating?Solar Thermal describes systems that

convert the suns energy to heat that can be used to offset loads typically

provided by natural gas and electricity.Solar Pool Heating? - Low

temperature application of Solar Thermal using unglazed polypropylene

collectors. Solar Thermal systems come in a variety of types, each is

suitable for several uses. For example, heating swimming pools usually use

unglazed polypropylene collectors. Heating domestic water tanks, requires

higher temperature systems and the use of highly insulated copper

collectors. Other uses, such as home space heating and industrial process

heat are also possible uses.How to find solar jobs?MisconceptionMany people think that green jobs are primarily for

researchers, scientists, and the highly educated. However, most of the jobs

in the green economy are similar to those in traditional industries. Solar

manufacturers need project managers, finance staff, skilled manufacturing

workers (like assemblers, machine operators, etc.), technology

professionals, customer service and sales personnel, and marketing

professionalsWhat is your solar niche?Assess what appeals to you and what doesn’t. Would

you be interested in developing the technology? Perform residential or

commercial on-site assessment? Do you want to be an installer/retrofitter?

Are you interested in marketing solar technologies?Find a knowledgeable personPeople who are already involved in the solar

industry, can help you tremendously. Talk to them, network, and find as

much information as you can. You will not only learn about the person’s

company, but also learn about the solar industry! Be curious; ask

questions; find out what type of training he/she needed to take; learn the

industry lingo; gather as much information as you can. This will help you

decide what you’d like to do.Training:There are many training opportunities for various solar careers,

some are certificateprograms.Build It Green, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote

healthy, energy- and resource-efficient homes in California , offers

several certificate options.California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA) helps green

contractors identify and perform quality Green Home Energy Upgrades and

energy efficiency improvements. CBPCA offers several coursesin the bay area.For the very latest in solar jobs in San Fransisco, across the U.S. and

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