The #1 ranked solar career course on Udemy, this guide is dedicated to helping you get your dream job in the solar industry. Whether you're a recent graduate or an experienced professional looking to make a career change into the solar field, this online class is for you.
Learn how you can make a difference in the world while making money by working in this exciting field. This course teaches:
Contents and Overview
In over an hour and a half’s worth of content, including lectures, quizzes, and resources, we cover everything you need to know to develop a career in the solar field.
We'll go over solar industry trends, the most marketable skillsets, who’s hiring and where they’re located, which roles are the best fit for your passions and skills, and how to go about landing the job of your dreams. You’ll have access to a wide range of resources that would otherwise take years to accumulate, including industry-specific job sites, professional networking communities, and much more.
Upon completion, you’ll be armed with all of the knowledge you need regarding how solar technology works, the types of organizations that are hiring solar professionals, and how to land your solar dream job.
What my students are saying
"Great course on getting a job in the solar industry! Short but packed with information. Highly recommend it to those who want to be a part of the solar industry as well as those you want to represent a cleaner, brighter future." - David Sanchez
"This course condenses the information that would be found in many different books, lectures, or classes into a readily understandable format." - Paul Lee
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Welcome to the course! This is the official Udemy course on How To Get a Job in The Solar Industry: The Top Course for Students and Professionals Who Want to Do Good While Making Money With a Career in The Solar Field. I'm so excited to have you here!
In this lecture, I'll share why I made this course and why I'm passionate about having as many people as possible enter this exciting industry.
In this lecture, we'll go over how the course is structured and all the great content we'll be covering together.
What is solar energy? In this lecture, we'll cover the three main solar technologies covered later in this section.
Ever wondered how solar panels worked? You're in luck, because in this lecture, I'll break down the technology so you have a complete understanding.
Learn about the enormous solar power plants in the desert that can soon be the backbone of our future energy system.
Although not as important as the first two technologies, solar thermal is a pretty nifty way of using solar in a passive way to save big.
Net-meter, inverter, kwh are important concepts to grasp if you want to get a job in the solar field.
In this lecture, we'll talk about where the industry is heading, where the jobs can be found, and why the technology is improving faster and faster.
If you want to work on the biggest solar projects in the world, then this lecture will give you all the information you need on utility scale solar projects.
Some of the biggest corporations in the world are introducing solar to their locations. Learn why in this lecture and see how you can position yourself for success.
You've probably seen solar panels on roofs of homes in your area. Residential solar is where you want to be if your goal is to provide solar power for everyone.
One of the most popular roles, solar sales is a great way to get your foot in the industry. This lecture will cover everything you need to know about this position.
Another role that is hiring like crazy, being a solar installer is a great choice if you like to work with your hands in your career. Learn in this lecture what it takes to be an installer.
For those with engineering backgrounds, being a solar engineer is a great way to use your skills in making more efficient and cheaper solar panels. This lecture will cover what experience you need if you want a role as a solar engineer.
Another great entry career to get yourself into the solar industry, being a solar surveyor makes sure houses are qualified to have solar panels placed on them. Watch this lecture to see how this position has changed over the years.
Have years of experience in a role such as a lawyer, marketing specialist, or management. There are tons of open positions for people just like you in the growing solar job market.
There are several different organization types hiring in the solar industry. In this section, we'll cover each of them: nonprofits / advocacy groups, government agencies, academic and private research labs, solar panel manufacturers, solar providers and installers, and solar financial institutions.
Entering the solar industry because you want to make the planet a more sustainable world for future generations? Then nonprofits and advocacy groups may be for you. This lecture will cover some of the largest solar nonprofit agencies that might consider applying to.
Working for the government is a great place for long term career stability and an opportunity to work on legislation that might affect millions of people. In this lecture, we'll cover what agencies and departments in the government are focusing on the solar industry.
For those who enjoyed writing research papers and who have a knack for quantitative analysis, there are tons of opportunities in academic and private research labs. This lecture will cover some of the most prominent research labs in the country.
The companies directly making the solar panels are incredibly important in making panels that are efficient, economic, and aesthetically pleasing. A very competitive market, a lot of this companies will become billion dollar companies while others will sink. Learn in this lecture, some of the best performing solar manufacturers.
One of the most popular categories for solar careers, solar providers like SolarCity are becoming household names and providing solar panels to millions of households. Learn about this industry and what companies are thriving in the space.
Novel financial schemes have been a tremendous help to solar adoption and many firms specialize in creative financing for households and businesses go solar. For those with a finance or accounting background, this can be a great industry for you.
I've had the privilege of studying renewable energy at Boston University and working at companies like SolarCity and Solar Mosaic and I can't wait to share everything I learned with you.
In this lecture, we'll go over why focusing intently on a few companies and a few roles, instead of shotgunning your application all over the place is the best strategy to get your dream job.
3 Roles Exercise
This lecture is dedicated to those with 5 years or more of work experience that want to transition to the solar industry. In this lecture, we'll go over what opportunities and challenges you may face when making a career change.
This lecture is focused for students and recent graduates with no work experience and seek to improve their chances for a paid role, by taking on an internship. This lecture will cover how to best utilize an internship to learn about the role you might be studying for.
While solar companies can be found in places around the U.S. and the world, the highest concentration of them are in the Bay Area, California. This lecture will talk about why that is and reasons why you might want to move there if you want a job in the industry.
Lucky for all of us, the solar industry is young that there is very little in certifications and accreditation, but if you want to have a step up from the other candidates, this lecture will cover the two certifications worth looking into.
Getting involved in the solar community is going to be critical if you want to build relationships with those already working at the solar companies you want to work for. This lecture will cover some of the communities you can join and don't forget you can always start your own in your area.
In the past 3 years, I've had more than 6 different job and in that experience, I've mastered what it takes to land any job I want. In this lecture, I'm going to share with you my tips and tricks how to write a thoughtful resume and cover letter and how to nail the interview.
Now that the easy part is over, it's time for the real work to begin. This lecture covers what you need to do to become a top performer at your company. At some point, you're going to want a raise, a promotion, or to move to another company. This lecture will cover everything you need to know how to position yourself for success once you've landed the job.
Congrats! You've finished the course. Great job watching all the lectures and if you haven't yet, do forget to work through the quizzes.
If you’ve enjoyed the course - it would mean a lot to me if you could give it a 5-star rating and leave a review.
Sharing it on twitter or facebook would be incredible - the more people that learn about how to get a job in the solar field - the more of us will be pushing for a sustainable future.
In this lecture, I'll go over resources to help you land a job in the solar industry such websites with dedicated solar job, organizations to join, and conferences to attend.
Now that you've gone through the course and have all these resources, put everything you've learned to work and land your dream job in the solar industry.
We need people just like you to bring our energy infrastructure into the 21st century.
It's a pleasure to meet you.
My name is Yoni Binstock and from an early age I came to appreciate the natural world we live in. After taking a course on climate change at college, I decided to be a part of the solution in tackling one of the world's greatest challenges. During my M.A. in Energy and Environmental Systems at Boston University, I had the privilege to study under the scientists at the forefront of climate change.
Upon graduating, I built a web app called Climate Scores that grades US congressmen on their voting record on policies relating to climate change. In the past four years, over 10,000 people have sent messages to their congressmen via Facebook, Twitter, and email demanding action on climate change.
Moving to California - I went to work at Solar Mosaic, a solar finance company developing collaborations with 350 org. After I went to work at SolarCity, America's largest residential solar company, where I got a hands on education on the solar market.
After working in energy related companies, I went on to become a software engineer with a focus on virtual reality and in the past few years, I've worked with many clients developing VR application to suit their needs.
I look forward to meeting you in my courses.