How to get into the solar field?

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  • Thu, Dec 15, 2011 - 05:32am

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    How to get into the solar field?

My name is rishi verma I am from India.

My carrer has been puzzeled and stoped. So i need few good advice. If someone help me then it would be really thankful.

I have compeleted the engineering (b.tech) in electronics and communication from India. Then I worked as a project associate in a company for 1.6 years. Then i left the company and start preparing GMAT. But because of some personal reason i couldnt scored much (i got 450 in gmat). Then i droped the idea of GMAT. I wasted 2 yr in the prepration of GMAT exam.

But now i want to continue the job but want to change my field.

I want to be solar engineer. I want to enter in the field of solar energy system.  How can I get in to solar field. I have few questions as follows:-

Q1) What type of knoweldge do i have gain to get into the solar field for solar engineer.?

Q2) What type of questions could be ask in the interview for solar engineer?

Q3) Is there any diploma type of courses in this field?

Q4) Very Imporatant Question:-

I have wasted my 2 yrs but now i do not want to do more. So I have to do job right now. Is there any other way to get job in solar field without doing any further courses?

Plz help me out from my condition.!!!!!!!!!

  • Thu, Dec 15, 2011 - 08:21am

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    Re: How to get into the solar field?

My advice would be to start a business on your own 🙂 It seems to me like the demand for solar panel installation in India is huge, e.g.:

India’s rural poor give up on power grid, go solar

I don’t know any specifics, especially not about India, but get out there, find people who are thinking about installing solar panels, give them your business card, you may want to start by working for free to get some experience maybe… If you have a client that’s willing to wait 2~3 months until you "get it right", then that’s good for experience. And hit the books, etc.

But forget about school. Been there, done that, you won’t find anyone down-to-earth over there unfortunately, trust me…

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  • Fri, Dec 16, 2011 - 12:54am

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    Network Like Crazy

 Since you are an engineer, not a tradesman (for example), & wish rapid development of a path, talking to people, almost nonstop, is your best bet.  Don’t leave a conversation without three to five names & contact info.  Keep going.

Good luck!

  • Fri, Dec 16, 2011 - 05:10pm

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    Thankx I really appricate ur

Thankx I really appreciate ur advice ………….

Sorry for late reply…..

I am also thinking to start the business of solar system. I have read lots of material. I come to know that

a)  lot of money required to start the business of solar system installation.

b) If i started then i do not know how to takeout the profit margin in this field.

so plz guide me how to start the business?

  • Fri, Dec 16, 2011 - 05:14pm

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    to Deggleton…….THankx

to Deggleton…….

THankx to advice me…

But i didnt get u? I didnt understand, what are u trying to say?

  • Tue, Dec 20, 2011 - 09:04am

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    Re: Thankx I really appricate ur

[quote=rishi]

Thankx I really appreciate ur advice ………….

Sorry for late reply…..

I am also thinking to start the business of solar system. I have read lots of material. I come to know that

a)  lot of money required to start the business of solar system installation.

b) If i started then i do not know how to takeout the profit margin in this field.

so plz guide me how to start the business?

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I really wish I could help you with that, but I have no experience with a business myself 🙁

Anyway, for solar systems, it does not seem like one would need a lot of money to start a business… Just start with small ~100W systems (I imagine there are a lot of rural Indians that would want one of those, and could afford it), ask the customer to pay in advance and do the job. Hopefully you can find people that trust you enough to give you money in advance 🙂 Good luck

Samuel

  • Tue, Jan 03, 2012 - 04:02am

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    solar business

I’d be open to starting or joining others in creating a business in the solar field.  I’m in real estate and am intereted in panels on my roof and getting ready or the future.    Please advise. 

  • Sat, Feb 18, 2012 - 06:09pm

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    Learn DC Circuits

Hard to imagine, but I used to work at an auto electric shop, and there were many people who came in exporting themselves as "solar developers" and the sad fact is none of them knew the first thing about DC current. How sad that they were sniffing around an old mechanic and auto electric repair shop to try and pick up tips. Solar is a great thing, start by learning DC current and take it somewhere rather than just applying for grants and cash and crushing the system with inefficient and worthless investments.
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    There are local resources

There are local resources here in California that can help.
Solar is a cottage industry and it’s growning rapidly. There seems to be a swing toward wind, but I assume it’s because bigger business is behind it.
Many folks on my road are totally "off the grid" and do so willingly. You should have no proble finding practical experience by just talking to some neighbours and visiting other neighbourhoods. Good luck! Curve Control Jeans
 

  • Thu, Mar 08, 2012 - 08:45am

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    What are the safety precautions of the solar panels?

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Further investigation also shows that faults in Sydney were due to the DC circuit breakers not the system itself. An extensive Department of Fair Trading audit says the same thing, which was reinforced by along with professional solarelectricians.

In response to the rising public concern about safety, the federal government of Australia has launched a nationwide solar audit to evaluate both residential system and commercial systems. The audit will continue to be done on a regular basis to ensure safety in every green home. The auditors will assess every component of the system and check any potential hazards from the [url=http://www.jgnsolar.com]Solar Panels[/url] itself down to the length of the wiring and inverters.

The DC circuit breaker is used as an isolating device to disconnect the PV panels from the inverter as well as to isolate the solar cable (connecting the panels to the inverter) from the PV panels. The DC circuit breaker will not, under any circumstances, operate with load because the solar supply is one way only, from the PV modules to the inverter.

Therefore the only scenario whereby an incorrectly installed DC circuit breaker could present any risk, is where a person manually turns the DC breaker off while the inverter is operating at full power. Even under such conditions the probability of an incident is deemed to be very low.

If the shutdown procedures are followed correctly and the AC power is turned off first, the inverter will turn off and remove any current from the PV panel. This will not present any risk with a DC circuit breaker, even it is wired incorrectly.

Aside from doing this there are some other additional safety precautions that you can do;

    Before installation it is best to have your current electrical wiring checked first along with your circuit breaker.
    When you installers arrive ask to see their identification and accreditation number before they begin.
    Upon delivery of the [url=http://www.jgnsolar.com]Solar Panels[/url] and its components you can make visual inspection of the system to ensure that everything looks in good order.
    Check the installation before the installers leave and make sure everything looks neat and tidy, especially the wiring.
    The installers should also explain to you clearly the way everything works with your system and demonstrate the correct shutdown procedures should you ever need to do so.

Though it is the installer’s job to identify any potential problems, doing your part will triple the identification prowess. Always keep in mind that prevention is better than cure!

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