Solar energy products have become the latest source of interest with regard to using alternative technologies in order to lower oil dependency, reduce greenhouse emissions, and save money. Solar panels, lights, bags and even toys are just a few of the items powered by solar energy. As a result, the need for people to create these products has given way to increased employment opportunities in this field.
According to InvestorTrip.com, the companies that are at the top of the list when it comes to solar energy include First Solar, SunPower Corporation, Suntech and JA Solar. A job report published by “Jobs in Solar Power” websites describes how jobs in this sector will go up by 50%. Because of this employment increase in the solar industry, job seekers should look into companies experiencing an increase in revenue for opportunities available in this field.
Greenjobs.com also details the kind of positions potential solar technology applicants can find. Firstly, the “core” of the solar energy field involves the “original equipment manufacturers” or those who create the “cell and module” devices used in solar panels, grids and photovoltaics. Another source of solar technology jobs include those provided by outside companies or manufacturers. These “balance of system components” involve the equipment distributors that can range from glass or plastic suppliers to accounting companies.
The following companies are currently hiring for positions in the solar energy sector:
Established in 1999 and headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, First Solar boasts itself as the “fastest growing manufacturer of solar modules in the world.” One of their main goals is to lower the cost of solar energy to the point where it can compete with fossil fuels. They also pride themselves as being the leading supplier of “solar PV modules” or solar panels. Some of the main experts the company is looking to hire include project managers, manufacturing and development engineers, as well as Lab Technicians.
Co-founded by Dr. Richard Swanson in the 1970’s, SunPower has become a successful company leading the charge in providing “high-energy solar systems” for organizations and government agencies along with solar panels for homes. Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company also has offices located worldwide, particularly in Spain, Switzerland, Korea and Australia. Some of the positions and experts they are currently recruiting for include project managers, engineers/technical trainers, and product marketing managers.
Suntech Power Holding Ltd.
Created in September 2001, Suntech is considered one of the biggest and best “solar module providers” worldwide. Their headquarters are located in China’s Jiangsu Province and they also have offices in Switzerland and California. The company is also known for their unique “MSK Solar Design Line” line, which features their See Thru windows, which is made up of photovoltaic glazed glass and Just Roof, essentially made up of solar panels used on residential roofs.