Perhaps you are a homeowner who has assembled your own solar panels but do not relish the task of installing them on your roof. Maybe you are a contractor who needs to install solar energy panels for a building you are constructing.
Either way, you would like to find a good solar installer to handle the chore for you. You can rest easy, for there are many ways to locate a qualified solar panel installer for your job.
One online site that may be beneficial to you is the one operated by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, or NABCEP. This board offers voluntary solar installer accreditation and maintains an online directory of qualified individuals and companies.
Simply go to www.nabcep.org and click the “Installer Locator” link on their home page. You will then be able to search by state or zip code to find a solar panel installation company in your area.
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Tips on Becoming a Solar Installer
Solar energy has become a quickly growing field in both residential and commercial construction. As more buildings seek to achieve LEED certification and more homeowners seek ways to cut their energy bills, the number of solar installer jobs will continue to increase.
The limited number of certified installers coupled with the rising demand makes starting a solar installation business an excellent choice for those who are seeking a career path that is likely to see widespread expansion.
Solar installer certification can be achieved in many ways. For example, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is a board of volunteers from fields such as education, solar energy, trades, and legislators to develop a nationwide certification program.
After completing the coursework, which is offered by various suppliers rather than NABCEP, novices take the PV Entry Level Exam. This is the first step to becoming a NABCEP Certified PV Installer, which brings listing in their solar installer directory.
Sources for solar installation training programs can be found at the website for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. The IREC is the licensee in North America for the ISPQ, or Institute for Sustainable Power Quality. This organization develops standards and guidelines for evaluating training programs and certifications.
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