A residential PV designer devises small-scale photovoltaic systems — grid-tied and stand-alone — for individual homes and related dwellings.
In a small firm, the system designer may also participate in site assessment and/or installation. After determining client needs and site characteristics, a residential PV designer completes all necessary calculations to size the solar energy system, select its components, incorporate appropriate storage, and establish all of the project’s electrical and mechanical specifications. The designer may then provide complete permit & construction-ready plan sets; work with code officials, distributors, and sub-contractors; communicate with building departments and other authorities to facilitate permit approvals; and participate in quality assurance, project evaluation, and performance assessment.
▸ Utility Interconnection Engineer
This move calls for more advanced electrical and regulatory training.
▸ Solar Energy Systems Designer
This move likely entails bachelor's or higher engineering education.
▸ Solar Project Developer
Financial, business, or legal education and additional solar training would facilitate this move.