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Careers in Solar Energy

Working in the Renewable Energy Industry

As the world shifts towards renewable energy sources, the solar power industry is rapidly growing. With this growth comes a variety of career paths and employment opportunities for individuals looking to make a positive impact on the environment.

What is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is energy that comes from a source that won’t run out. They are natural and self-replenishing, and usually have a low, or zero carbon footprint.

Types of technology used in renewable energy include:

Solar PV (Photovoltaic)
Solar Thermal
Wind Turbines
Hydroelectric
Bioenergy
Marine (Wave, Tidal)

Micro-grid
Hydrogen
Geothermal
Energy Storage
EV Chargers
Grid / Transmission

In this article, we will focus on the Solar Power Industry, since most of what we do at SolarWise Wagga is related to that branch of renewable energy.

Some of the core aspects of solar power include:
• Converting sunlight into electricity using solar PV panels.
• Transforming electricity from DC to AC with inverters.
• Storage of electrical energy in batteries.
• Energy management, control, and monitoring.
• Electric vehicle charging.

We’ll also share some insight into the things we do, the type of jobs & roles we have, and what it is like to work as part of our team at SolarWise Wagga.

A Career in the Solar Power Industry

Are you interested in making a positive impact on the environment while also pursuing a rewarding career? Look no further than the solar power industry.

As the global shift towards renewable energy continues, the solar power sector is experiencing rapid growth, creating a wide range of job opportunities. Working in this industry not only allows you to contribute towards the fight against climate change but also offers numerous benefits such as job growth, positive impact, career variety, innovation, and competitive salaries.

If you’re considering a career in the solar power industry, here are just a few of the benefits.

Job Growth

The demand for clean energy is growing, and with this comes an increased need for skilled professionals to design, install, and maintain solar panels and other solar equipment. Solar power industry jobs are expected to grow steadily over the next decade.

Positive Impact

Working in the solar power industry allows you to make a positive impact on the environment, as solar panels generate electricity without emissions or pollution. Not only can you contribute to the fight against climate change, but you can also see the tangible results of your work through the production of renewable energy.

Career Variety

The solar power industry offers a wide range of career paths, from sales and marketing to research and development. Whether you’re interested in working on solar panel installation teams, designing solar energy systems, performing quality control checks, or selling solar equipment, there’s no shortage of opportunities in this growing field.

Innovation

The solar power industry is constantly evolving to make solar energy more efficient and cost-effective. Working in this field means you get to be a part of cutting-edge innovation in renewable energy technology.

Competitive Salary

With the high demand for skilled professionals, the solar power industry offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Conclusion

If you’re passionate about the environment and making a lasting impact on our planet, working in the solar power industry is an excellent career choice. With job growth, positive impact, career variety, innovation, and competitive salaries, there’s never been a better time to pursue a career in this exciting and rewarding industry.

The employment opportunities in the solar industry are many and varied, here are just a few:

• Sales Representative
• Energy Consultant
• System Designer
• System Installer
• Electrician / Technician
• Electrical Trade Assistant
• Apprentice Electrician
• Renewable Energy Project Manager
• Renewable Energy Engineer

Working at SolarWise Wagga

SolarWise Wagga Pty Ltd is a locally owned business established in 2009.

Since its foundation, SolarWise Wagga has continued to grow as a specialist provider of renewable energy solutions, including quality solar power systems and energy efficient products designed to reduce energy consumption and save on energy costs.

Alex Manley (Owner/Manager) leads a specialist team of qualified and accredited electrical technicians and designers who carry out project installations and provide on-going service and support to our valued clients.

SolarWise is based in Wagga Wagga, NSW and provides solar energy solutions to the Riverina area.

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The Advantages of Working in a Small Business Environment

Working in a small business environment offers unique advantages that can positively impact your career and professional growth. In a small business, you have the opportunity to wear multiple hats and take on a variety of responsibilities, which allows for greater learning and skill development.
Additionally, small businesses often have a close-knit team, fostering stronger relationships and a sense of camaraderie. With a smaller organizational structure, there is often more flexibility and agility, allowing for faster decision-making and the ability to see the direct impact of your work.
Furthermore, the close proximity to senior leadership in a small business environment provides greater exposure to decision-making processes and a chance to have your voice heard.
Overall, working in a small business environment can provide valuable experiences, personal growth, and a sense of fulfilment.

Opportunities for Growth

In a small business, you have the chance to take on diverse roles that allow you to develop new skills and challenge yourself in ways you might not be able to in a larger company. Additionally, small businesses often encourage innovation and creativity, giving you the freedom to think outside the box and come up with new ideas that can benefit the company.

Flexibility

Small businesses often have fewer bureaucratic structures in place, allowing for more flexibility in work schedules and decision-making. This means you could have more freedom in choosing your work hours or even your projects. Additionally, there is often more room for negotiation in small businesses when it comes to salaries and benefits.

Tight-Knit Team

In a small business, you will likely be working closely with just a few other team members. This creates a stronger company culture and a sense of camaraderie between colleagues. You will also be able to build closer relationships with your managers and company leaders, resulting in a greater sense of community and support.

Direct Impact

In a small business, your work will have a direct impact on the company’s success. With a smaller organizational structure, your contributions will be more visible and have a bigger impact on the overall direction of the company. This can lead to a greater sense of ownership and satisfaction in your work.

Greater Autonomy

Another advantage of working in a small business environment is greater autonomy. Since there are fewer layers of management, you will likely have more control over your work and be able to make decisions independently. This can lead to a greater sense of trust between management and employees.

Conclusion

Working in a small business environment has numerous advantages, including opportunities for growth, flexibility, a tight-knit team, direct impact, and greater autonomy. If you’re looking for a fulfilling and dynamic work experience, consider a career in a small business. You might be surprised at the opportunities it can offer.

Career Paths in Solar Power

There are various skill-based career paths available in the solar power industry.
Here we will look at some job positions relating to solar power system installation & maintenance, and possible career path entry points.

Work Experience
Work experience is a type of on-the-job training that gives you a chance to try out a career you may be considering.
It provides the opportunity to try skills, tour the workplace, and see what the job involves.
While work experience is usually something carried out by students or school leavers, it is also beneficial to anyone who is looking to explore other types of work or make a career change.

Work experience is usually done over relatively short periods and can lead to ongoing employment.

Trade Assistant
A trade assistant is an entry-level role that assists qualified trades personnel.
While there are no specific qualifications required to work as a trade assistant, having trade experience and possessing relevant safety licenses and tickets will be advantageous.

Trade assistants develop their skills while on the job which can lead to gaining further qualifications in the future.
Working as a Trade Assistant is often a stepping stone to becoming a qualified tradesperson. It allows someone to gain first-hand experience in a particular field before deciding to commit to a trade apprenticeship.

Trade Apprentice
An Electrical Trade Apprentice is someone who has commenced formal education and training to become a qualified Electrician. A trade apprenticeship involves full-time employment with a company or through an employment agency, gaining on-the-job experience, and education from a training provider such as TAFE NSW.

Electrical Tradesperson
This is a qualified & licensed Electrician.
In NSW they will have an Electrical Contractor license or a Qualified Supervisor license.

Solar Power System Accreditation
Solar Accreditation is an additional requirement for solar power installers in certain situations and circumstances.
Accreditation involves further training and qualifications in solar power & energy storage systems.
A qualified Electrician can gain Solar Installer Accreditation.
Solar Design Accreditation is available for those without electrical qualifications.

Project Manager
People who have accumulated years of experience in the solar power industry will often progress into project management roles in large commercial or industrial projects, solar farms, and community microgrids.

Electrical Engineer
Electricians who want to develop specialist knowledge and take their career to the next level can undertake further education with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering or an Advanced Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

Electrical Engineers are involved in the planning and management of large electrical projects, promoting environmental sustainability. They can attain higher-level management and leadership positions and are often in high demand in this dynamic industry.

Diversification
Experienced Electricians, Project Managers, and Engineers will sometimes diversify into roles within other sectors of the renewable energy industry such as wind, hydro, biofuel, and hydrogen.

Business
Through the progression of a career in the solar power industry, people can land highly rewarding positions as Managers or Directors in a Company, while others may become a Business Owner of a small-medium enterprise.

New Energy Apprenticeships Program

The New Energy Apprenticeships Program encourages
Australians to consider careers in the clean energy sector.

Australian Apprentices who are eligible for the program
have access to financial assistance of up to $10,000.

More Info:
https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/node/4041

https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/node/4041
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SolarWise Wagga Pty Ltd

Our key goals & Principles

 

  • Endeavour to be at the cutting edge of renewable energy technology in an ever-evolving industry
  • Contribute to building a safe and sustainable industry that can provide future growth and employment in the renewable energy sector.
  • To keep the public properly informed on the value and real viability of a solar grid connect system and how to ensure it effectively saves money for you or your business.
  • Maintain strict product screening processes to secure safe and reliable customer investments.
  • Supply the best quality products to provide the highest returns and peace of mind.
  • Always provide quality time to customer enquiries to help them through the process, making it as easy and stress-free as possible.
  • To ensure all clients understand how to best utilize their system to ensure the highest returns
  • To guarantee the highest standard of workmanship for all system installations
Kate Bowden
Kate Bowden
Getting our new system up and running went so smoothly. Ian explained our different options and answered all of our questions. The Solarwise team were very professional and efficient in installing our system quickly without any problems.
Erica Williams
Erica Williams
If you are looking to purchase solar we would highly recommend to purchase off Bob from SolarWise Wagga. We wanted to purchase our system from a locally owned business and our expectations were meet tenfold. The system quality and continuous support is exceptional.We have reached out to Bob on several occasions over the years to ensure we are using our system to our full potential. Bob ongoing knowledge and support is incredible. Bob you are a credit to SolarWise.
David O'Neill
David O'Neill
We had our first 9.6kW system installed by Alex and his team back in 2010. Over the years since then Solarwise have added a Tesla Powerwall battery to our system, followed by a heat pump, an additional 4.1kW of solar panels and a second Tesla Powerwall battery.In all instances the workmanship and service of the Solarwise team has been exceptional. I highly recommend Alex and his team at Solarwise to anyone considering solar. I wouldn’t use anyone else. We are fortunate to have these guys operating in Wagga Wagga.
Ken Hampson
Ken Hampson
I have recently transitioned to solar panels, battery backup and a heat pump hot water system.The service and competence of the team at SolarWise Wagga Wagga is really of high customer service, solid product knowledge and strong focus on customer service. I would highly recommend SolarWise Wagga if you are thinking of or wanting to transition to solar power
Colin Taggart
Colin Taggart
Great service and customer support - I am a very happy customer and would highly recommend Solar Wise!!
Kate A
Kate A
Amazing above and beyond customer service. Bob's been a legend. Fantastic explanation of the system when purchasing and really helped us in choosing the best electricity provider after having it installed.
Rob Cunningham
Rob Cunningham
Bob and the team honor their words. Cannot fault the service. Unlike most companies once you pay you become "WHO was that again" Not here you are looked after all the time. Highly recommend
Peter Thomas
Peter Thomas
We had our system installed over eight months ago and it has worked faultlessly since then. At the time of installation, Alex and his team were very professional and courteous and explained everything to us and made us feel very comfortable with our decision to proceed. I would highly recommend this local business.
Erin Nuske
Erin Nuske
Installation was done on time, with a friendly team. We had a couple of issues after installation, which were quickly attended to. The system has worked perfectly since then. I would happily recommend SolarWise and would use them again.
Russell Neil
Russell Neil
The SolarWise team are the real deal.Excellent service from start to finish and ongoing support with energy bill reviews.System was installed in a timely manner and has work great since installed.Wagga Wagga is very lucky to have a local business who are passionate about renewables and are experts in their field.
Dale Chadwick
Dale Chadwick
Great explanation of how it all works. Good service from quote to installation. Good follow up contact to ensure all is functioning. Very pleased.
Jamie Frendo
Jamie Frendo
Great service. Installation was super. Love the lg solar panels. All questions I had where answered with great responses.
Adrian Williams
Adrian Williams
Bob from SolarWise is fantastic and very knowledgeable about our solar system and how to use the system to reduce our power bill.Bob has continued to support us over the last six months with reviewing our bills, making us aware of changes that will reduce our bill and letting us know what providers are offing the best deals.Thanks Bob, we appreciate you great service.
Tim Mathieson
Tim Mathieson
I would highly recommend Alex and the team at Solarwise, this is the second system they have installed for us and we couldn’t be happier. Alex is happy to explain every detail and answer any questions anytime and his knowledge is exceptional. They also use the best quality panels you can get. Cheers guys 👌🏼
tim cameron
tim cameron
I can't speak highly enough of these guys. Their professionalism has been 1st class from the time I had contacted Alex at SolarWise around one month ago. I was interested in solar options for our home in Wagga. Alex popped out to our place earlier than expected, we had good chat (in simple terms as I had minimal to no knowledge on the subject) and quotes for a couple of recommended options by the end of the week. When the install team were here (again, in sooner than the expected time frame), they were friendly, professional and cleaned up after themselves. Alex had just made a follow up call with me this morning giving me great confidence that SolarWise haven't just taken our cash and ran but will continue to support us going forward with keeping an eye on our usage, may offer further info and recommendations and help should we have any queries.Everything the team have done for us are what I expect of a local business but have certainly done it to the best of their ability in a better than expected time frame (which i understand is tough in the current climate due to many factors).Hands down 5 stars, fantastic service and experience
RVeeThereYet
RVeeThereYet
Rang these guys about purchasing a Victron solar controller for our caravan. They didn’t have the exact unit I wanted in stock but had a similar model. Did it at a great price. Couldn’t be happier. Thanks fellas…!
OLD_GUY_OZ
OLD_GUY_OZ
SolarWise had to rewire the entire power board and did so with minimal delay, they also removed a damaged solar panel from the grid on an old system and reconnected that system to the power supply so now we have 2 systems running at no extra cost than what was quoted, Thank you very much, i would reccomend SolarWise to anybody who needs installation or repairs done.
Alan Barbour
Alan Barbour
Minimal interruption to our daily life, most courteous workmen
David Shaw
David Shaw
We where very happy with the service we received and the system's performance has exceeded our expectations
Andrew Stow
Andrew Stow
Alex and his team at SolarWise recently installed a roof solar system for me.They were at all times very helpful and I am very happy with the product they provided, and the price quoted.The job was carried out over 2 days, but the total time taken would have been a little over a day.The installation team worked around my daily routine and were very flexible. Alex’s after sales service was also great, ensuring that I was able to retrieve the best information from the system.
Ryan Nash
Ryan Nash
Great experience from start to finish. Can't fault anything. Thanks Alex and team
Trevor Player
Trevor Player
Wagga SolarWise was on time and on quote. A great clean neat job. First class advise and clarity on installation of Solar System. Follow up has been excellent. Highly Recommended
NandN Yes
NandN Yes
Great service. Very efficient
Jim M
Jim M
Great service from Solarwise. Quoting, installation and answers to queries all very good.
Tom Triffitt
Tom Triffitt
We were contacted for an earlier installation which suited us. A very neat and efficient install by Kirk and his crew and were receiving FIT within 7 days. From consultation to installation the process was hassle free.
Athoriel Eldritch
Athoriel Eldritch
Called a few times with lots of questions. Bob was happy to talk and help us make the best choice. Installers are a great bunch of lads. Did a fantastic job. Thanks to everyone at Solar wise.
Marilyn Lee
Marilyn Lee
Solarwise are very professional and very knowledgeable. Would and will recommend them to everyone.
Jeff Newell
Jeff Newell
As a return customer I find again Alex and his team at solarwise are always available to help out.If it’s just for advice or purchase of quality products there spot on !A local business that’s success comes from service and supportGood job guys 👍🏻
Kerry Howard
Kerry Howard
Alex Manly and the team at Solar Wise installed our first set of solar panels. We have recently extended the number to increase the output. Alex and the team have worked with us keeping us abreast of change and providing advice and support as required. They deserve a rating of 5 out of 5 and would recommend them to anyone.
Jock Graham
Jock Graham
Alex and the team at Solarwise run a topbusiness. Willing to travel and offer practical advice and service for anything to do with solar. Recommend anytime
David Emery
David Emery
Alex and his team provide excellent customer service and quality products. Highly recommend SolarWise for your complete solar experience!
Megan Carey
Megan Carey
We have recently installed LG panels to our home, after first consulting with Bob Hitchens. The information we received was given in a manner that was easy to understand, the process was seamless. The installation crew were professional and I would not hesitate to recommend this product and this company for this purpose.
Jade Olsen
Jade Olsen
Such a pleasure to deal with Al. Our Solar Panels were installed recently & such a smooth process. Great communication & Customer Service wonderful. Al takes the time to discuss correct options for your house & answered all questions in a timely manner. A great local business I thoroughly recommend.
Garry Bush
Garry Bush
SolarWise Wagga put our solar system up no problems at all good to deal with and Alex still keeps in touch with us 100 percent
Kelli Lange
Kelli Lange
Bob came out,st a time to suit us,did a site assessment and answered our questions. He gave us a few options and price points. Not only was he knowledgeable but friendly too.
The installers were quick and professional and cleaned up after themselves.
Just need our sunny days now
Daniel S
Daniel S
We have not purchased anything from them yet but they have been very helpful and informative during the quoting phase.
Robert Loxton
Robert Loxton
Excellent off grid installation. Very happy with design and performance.After sales advice and support very good
George Martin
George Martin
I am very pleased with the service from SolarWise Wagga.Bob Hitchens, the sales manager, explained everything to me in detail after which I was happy to sign up for 17 solar panels. Four guys turned up after a couple of weeks and installed the solar panels with the minimum of fuss.Well done Bob and well done installation team.George Martin.
Anthony Harpley
Anthony Harpley
Great service and advice. Turned up on time and fitted solar very professionally. Great after sales advice as well. Highly recommend.
Ken Davis
Ken Davis
Outstanding service and support. I cannot recommend Alex and his team highly enough. Excellent installation support teams, both plumbing and electrical for our new heat pump.Both crews went out of their way to make sure the job was done professionally, efficiently and politely.Alex they are a credit to your business ethos, thank you again for your tremendous support prior to and after the installation.
Matthew Day
Matthew Day
Really good service before and after installation. Highly recommend.
Mel Heffer
Mel Heffer
Fantastic staff, professional service and great product. I would recommend Solar Wise Wagga to any business or residents looking to go Solar.
Rhys Bower
Rhys Bower
Solarwise stand by their products and services with fantastic after sales service - you get what you pay for. Can't recommend highly enough.
Greg Breust
Greg Breust
Professional, local and cost effective.
Wayne Barratt
Wayne Barratt
Since installing our 7.5kw Solar System ,Riverina Sharpening Centre has seen significant savings on our power bills.
Alex Manley and his expert, professional staff make it a pleasure to deal with his company .
We will not hesitate to recommend Solar Wise Wagga .
Not only was installation hassle free the follow service we have experienced has made our investment well worth it !
Carmen McGill
Carmen McGill
Solar Wise Wagga are a local company with very friendly, experienced and knowledgeable staff, they are very efficient when installing all of their quality products. I highly recommend this business and their products. I am so happy with my system.
Peter Law
Peter Law
We have had our 3Kw SolarEdge solar system from Solar Wise Wagga Wagga for 5 days. We are really pleased with both the system and Alex Manley and his staff. Alex patiently took the time to answer many questions, giving accurate and reliable answers all of the time; Ben, Scott and Sean are excellent in their work and their attitude to us as clients.

The SolarEdge system uses advanced technology to achieve higher output of energy every day compared to normal solar systems. Our experience shows our system producing power from 6.10am (September 21, 2014). By 7.00am I was able to run our reverse cycle Inverter air conditioner to heat the house whilst running a TV, fridge etc; the system was able to export surplus power to the grid; as shown to us by the Wattson power monitor, brilliant!

Alex has provided me all documents and a system manual relating to system components, installation certification, performance and financial projections for the life of the system as well as sufficient knowledge of the system operation. Using the internet portal, we can see the output of the system and of each panel; we can see that it is working away and its health report any time we wish.

It is very pleasing to deal with a local business in Wagga Wagga, led by Alex, along with Scott the electrician and Sean the apprentice electrician. They installed the whole system and its wiring, no problems at all; much better than buying a cheaper system, fitted by contractors in a hurry and gone forever maybe.

Clearly, we are interested in our greenhouse effect on the climate along with investing in something that will save us money well into the future considering that power is likely to keep increasing in cost. A quality system is the best way to go confidently into the future, many thanks Alex and your team

Peter and Joy Law

Wagga Wagga

22/9/2014
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