By Ali McBride, Aurora Solar
Solar power in the United States is booming. It has ranked first or second in new U.S. electric capacity each year since 2013, and US-installed capacity is quickly approaching 100 gigawatts (GW). The demand for solar installers has grown along with it. Solar installation is now among the three fastest-growing professions in the United States, enjoying a 52 percent 2019-2029 growth rate and a median income of $44,890 per year — offering a promising prospect for contractors looking to expand their business into this exciting sector.
But you can’t just go out and buy a panel, bolt it to the roof, and hotwire it to a fuse box. Solar requires quite a bit of planning and permits, as well as careful execution, to flip the switch on a new solar panel installation and a fulfilling career as a solar installer.