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Opportunity for Free Exhibit Hall Pass to Intersolar North America 2014 (July 8-10, San Francisco)

Intersolar North America 2008

Intersolar North America will take place from July 8-10, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. This event is a trade show and conference focusing on photovoltaics, solar thermal technology, and solar architecture.

Intersolar North America will include informative conference sessions and exhibit hall with hundreds of exhibitors.  Until May 10, 2014 you can obtain a free exhibit hall pass by registering here.

[cross posted from Green VC]

Green Job of the Day: Solar Sales, SolarCity (Westchester County, NY; Long Island, NY; South and North Jersey; and DE)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Organization: SolarCity
Locations: Westchester County, NY; Long Island, NY; South and North Jersey; and Delaware

There are two job postings, which you can download below:

Solar Sales – Energy Advisor

Solar Sales – Field Energy Consultant

Interested applicants should send their materials to Elizabeth Bean // ebean [at]


Solar Foundation Releases 2013 National Solar Jobs Census; 142,000 Employed by US Solar Industry

The Solar Foundation recently released the National Solar Jobs Census 2013. According to this report the U.S. solar industry currently employs more than 142,000 Americans, which represented an annual increase of almost 24,000. You can download the report here and view other information (including some state fact sheets here).

National Solar Jobs Census 2013

Green Jobs Network Launches SolarJobs Board

A brief update — Green Jobs Network (publisher of this blog) has launched This is a new job board that focuses on solar jobs. Features include:

For Employers/Recruiters:

  • Affordable posting price of only $99 for a 60-day posting.
  • Quick and easy posting process.
  • Employer dashboard.
  • Access to resume database.
  • Distribution of your job to the 80,000-member Green Jobs & Career Network group.
  • Flexible payment options (PayPal, credit cards, invoice).

For Job Seekers:

  • Job alerts sent to you via e-mail.
  • Upload your resume and have it potentially viewed by hiring organizations.

Visit Solar Job Search today and let us know what you think!

Solar Foundation Releases National Solar Jobs Census

Earlier this week the Solar Foundation released its annual National Solar Jobs Census.  According to this report, the U.S. solar industry employs 119,016, a 13.2% increase from 2011's final revised figure of 105,145.  The National Solar Jobs Census 2012 was conducted by The Solar Foundation and BW Research with technical assistance from Cornell University.  

According the report, installation remained the largest solar industry subsector. Installers now employ 57,177 Americans, a 17.5% increase over the revised 2011 figure. Sales and distribution jobs experienced a 23.1% increase, now employing 16,005 Americans.  

“The National Solar Jobs Census 2012 illustrates that the solar industry, as a whole, is a dependable job creator and that solar employers are confident about growth in 2013,” said Andrea Luecke, TSF Executive Director. “The growth by installers, especially at larger firms, signals that this subsector is heading toward a period of consolidation and maturation on par with other successful industries at this stage of the growth curve.” 

“The subsector information presented in the National Solar Jobs Census 2012 is providing the solar industry, policy makers, and the public with a greater understanding of the industry’s employment makeup,” said Philip Jordan, Vice President at BW Research Partnership, which collaborated with TSF and Cornell University on the Census. 

The complete report is available here.

Green Job of the Day: Solar Installation Associate, GRID Alternatives (Chico, CA)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Solar Installation Associates (three positions available)
Organization: GRID Alternatives

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. You can review the complete job announcement here (Microsoft Word format).

[start excerpt]

Founded during the 2001 California energy crisis, GRID Alternatives’ ( mission is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment, and training. GRID Alternatives provides these services exclusively to low-income households, including families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. We install solar electric systems for low-income homeowners with volunteers and job trainees, enhancing long-term housing affordability for low-income households by reducing their energy costs, and expanding economic opportunity by providing skills and training in the growing field of solar electricity.

GRID Alternatives’ North Valley office is looking for three (3) Solar Installation Associates to join our organization as AmeriCorps members. This is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for a 12-month term. AmeriCorps members will gain valuable experience in the solar and non-profit industry to help launch their career while making significant contributions to GRID Alternatives and the broader community.

[end excerpt]

SolarCity Job Fair on May 24 in Westchester, NY (Apply in Advance)


On May 24, SolarCity will be holding a free job fair in Westchester, NY.  The company has openings in the following areas:

  • Licensed and Field Electricians
  • Solar PV Installers
  • PV Site Auditors
  • Energy Efficiency Site Auditors

Job seekers need to submit a resume in advance to be considered for participation in this event.  Complete application instructions and additional information about this event are available here.

Green Job Webinar on May 23 to Spotlight Opportunities at SolarCity


Green Jobs Network (publisher of this blog) is pleased to announce that May's Green Job Webinar will spotlight SolarCity. a national leader in clean energy services.  This webinar will feature SolarCity team members, who will provide an overview of the company as well as tips for applying for jobs at the company.

This webinar will take place on May 23 and registration is free.  For more information visit

Green Job of the Day: Jobs @ Leviton Manufacturing (Melville, NY)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.  Today's feature highlights three opportunities at Leviton Manufacturing in Melville, NY.  An excerpt of the Senior Manager – Solar Operations position is listed below.

Job #1: Senior Manager – Solar Operations

Job #2: Senior Manager, Product/Program Management

Job #3: Sales Manager, Solar 

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Reporting to the Senior Director of Business Development, this position is responsible for overall operations of the renewables business ensuring customer satisfaction through the entire value chain. This person is responsible for establishing and maintaining key vendor relations, analyzing make / buy decisions, working with business unit operations and plant manufacturing to ensure product quality and service, and working with certified installers to ensure end user needs are met.

This person will help define and manage the entire installation and maintenance process aligned with the business plan. This will include inventory management, product /solution availability to meet customer needs, project tracking, warranty definition and management, service definition and management, key vendor management.

Initial responsibilities will include working with sourcing to develop and manage RFPs, support contract negotiation, and recommend ultimate vendor selection. This person will help identify and vet potential service providers and develop a system for tracking project status through their life cycle. This includes working with sales on linking leads to solutions providers and having visibility and predictability for installations in the pipeline.

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Green Job of the Day: Solar Installation Supervisor, GRID Alternatives (Inland Empire Area, CA)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Solar Installation Supervisor
Organization: GRID Alternatives
Location: Inland Empire Area, CA

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. You can review the complete job announcement here (Microsoft Word format).

[start excerpt]

GRID Alternatives ( is a non-profit organization that provides energy efficiency and renewable energy services to low-income families. Our main program is the Solar Affordable Housing Program which installs PV, or solar electric, systems exclusively for low-income homeowners with volunteers and job trainees.

We are looking for a full-time, experienced Solar Installation Supervisor to join our growing Inland Empire team and oversee all aspects of PV installations on the homes of low-income families.

Job Duties
* Responsible for all technical and safety aspects of PV installations
* Conduct site visits to screen potential sites for solar access, safety issues, and constructability
* Design and engineer small, residential solar electric systems while considering available financing
* Put together permit packages, utility interconnection agreements, and assist with rebate paperwork
* Train and supervise volunteers, job trainees, and construction assistant(s) in PV installations
* Lead installations of PV systems with crews of volunteers and/or job trainees
* Ensure that all solar installations are installed according to GRID Alternatives safety and quality standards
* Conduct quality control on GRID installations
* Other job duties as assigned, including equipment purchasing, hardware store runs, equipment unloading and loading, answering homeowner and volunteer questions, talking to media and generally participating in activities necessary to make solar happen for low-income families

[end excerpt]

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