Design and Installation
What I've been doing in solar
I spent a few months at Sundogs
Solutions in Durham, NC, working to research, design,
and install the latest in solar technology. On the technical
side, I performed solar site analyses to determine shading,
undertook all necessary calculations to design a solar
PV/thermal system, analyzed existing environmental and
structural conditions to confirm compatibility of my
proposed solar system, and researched city building
codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other
technical reports to design plans that will receive
city approval. On the sales side, I managed all solar
PV and thermal customers from start to finish, from
figuring out their goals and needs to meeting with them
at job sites during the design and installation cycle.
On the planning side, I facilitated estimate review
meetings, communicated with our architect in order to
complete structural and electrical designs, and was
responsible for drawing up our company’s revised
safety policy. And on the creative side of things, I
engineered the idea of Sundogs’ current 100 Rooftops
Challenge to attract more customers, and leveraged my
contacts to put together a more affordable, faster-installing
PV solution for the company.
Unfortunately, after my few months there I was laid
off, so now I'm back on the job market for what hopefully
won't be too long a time.
What's so great about the solar
1) Solar power is something still relatively new and
progressive, and it's important to know about for the
future. This is cutting-edge technology coming from
cutting-edge science, and to be able to work with it
is pretty exciting.
2) There are a wide variety of job types in the field
of solar. One can be a solar panel installer, or the
designer/engineer that figures out what a home's solar
requirements should be, or the person that fabricates
solar panels, or the person that offers them for sale.
One can be outdoors all day installing panels, or indoors
all day designing systems at a computer, or in front
of people all day doing sales - the possibilities are
3) It is perfect for someone wanting to do something
good for the environment, which was the thing that drove
me to do my graduate degree in ecology.