Solar Panel Installer Job Description

by Publishing Team on January 17, 2011

The solar panel installers put solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the roofs, sides or near homes and businesses to convert the sun’s power to electricity.


  • The solar panel installer configures, installs, inspects, and maintains solar PV systems for customers.
  • They assess the environment, and detect and mitigate any hazards associated with installation.
  • They map out where everything will go, and then place components according to those diagrams.
  • They seal the system against weather, using safety codes and manufacturer specifications.
  • They label, install, and terminate electrical wiring.
    They test the system and measure grounding systems and make any adjustments to the controls.


  • The solar panel installer should have grown public interest in environmental preservation and resource management.
  • They must be experienced contractors who understand electrical systems and solar-powered equipment used to produce energy alternatives.


  • The solar panel installer must have a high school diploma, backgrounds in electrical engineering, electrical technology or electrical construction through an apprenticeship or formal degree program.
  • They should also have undergone workshops or classes in the basics of designing and installing PV systems and training for certification as a solar panel installer.
  • They should have passed the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification program.

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