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September 4, 2015 | The Importance of Engineers in the Solar Energy Industry

With the recent cultural push toward clean energy and a reduced carbon footprint, solar energy has seen a massive boost in interest (from both the public and private sectors). More and more people are looking to solar systems as a sustainable solution to their energy needs, and because of this, the demand for engineers with a working knowledge of the solar industry is rising.

A strong engineering team is integral to the success of any solar energy company. From conceptualizing to building and installing solar units, engineers are the life force behind advancements in solar technology. In the years to come, the demand for solar energy will only continue to rise, as will the need for bright, curious new engineers.

To give you an idea of how important engineers are to the production of solar energy, we’ve given you a breakdown of how different engineers are helping to push this movement forward.

Mechanical Engineers

This group of engineers works to actually create the mechanical equipment required for the production of solar panels and other materials used during the install. They are also responsible for designing and creating the machines that assemble solar panels and other equipment specific to the solar industry.

Industrial Engineers

When a solar energy system is implemented, industrial engineers are the ones who are responsible for coordinating and managing the project. They determine what is needed to complete the installation and ensure that the system works efficiently.

Materials Engineers

These engineers help to develop the materials used in the solar industry. They work with semiconductors, metals, glass, silicon, and other composites that are used in the development of new solar technologies. They are responsible for perfecting solar energy systems, assessing new materials, and finding new uses for them in the creation of solar units.

Electrical Engineers

While material engineers test the materials being used, electrical engineers focus on the electrical components that make solar systems work. Along with testing these elements, electrical engineers also design and create them. They are responsible for developing the electrical circuitry for the solar panels, their wiring systems, and the devices that support them.

Opportunities for Engineers

When it comes to solar energy, there is no shortage of opportunities for engineers. The advancement and success of solar technology depends on the hard work and innovation of engineers, and as a result, the demand for engineers, of all kinds, will only continue to increase.

Engineers may choose to work within the private or public sector, as a consultant for people interested in setting up solar power in their home or business. They can assist clients in developing a plan for creating the most productive and efficient system for them.

Many engineers will seek work in the solar energy sector itself. With new solar companies popping up every day, there are many positions available to engineers looking to make an impact on the industry.

So, why solar?

Naturally, there are many benefits for businesses and homeowners looking to make the switch to solar energy. It not only helps reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and improves one’s impact on the environment, but it also reduces the cost of monthly energy bills. Depending on the location where the solar system is being installed, there may also be substantial government subsidies and tax incentives available.

The future appears to be very bright for the solar energy movement, as well as for the engineers helping it to grow.