Solar manufacturers understand these concerns. That is why they have worked with racking component makers to develop easy solar mounting solutions. These combined panel and mounting solutions minimize the amount of time an installer needs to be on the roof as well as the amount of equipment they will need to bring with them. This increases rooftop safety and profitability, as installations can be completed more quickly.
Entering the Solar market
With proper training, solar panel installations are simple for an experienced hand familiar with roof care, electrical maintenance and local permitting processes. There are a number of workforce development organizations that work to train workers in solar and match them with employers. These include the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, SolarTech and GRID Alternatives.
As sustainable construction practices become more integrated into the mainstream, businesses with the most experience will thrive and those lagging behind will suffer. A great solar installation is just like any other construction project, it takes experience, skill and copious attention to detail.
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