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How To Care For Your Solar Panels

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No matter how you financed your solar panel array, it’s a major investment into your home and your commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. Naturally, you’ll want to protect and care for your investment so that it serves you reliably for years to come. Fortunately, caring for your solar panel installation is easier than it may seem. As a leading provider of affordable solar technology, Palmetto knows a thing or two about keeping your solar panels in tip-top shape. Read this guide to find out how!

Be Aware of Seasonal Changes

Just like your yard chores change throughout the year, how you care for your solar panels also changes with the season. Every season, you’ll want to dedicate some time over a weekend to cleaning up and maintaining your solar panel installation. Here are some considerations for each season:


Caring for your solar panels in summer is fairly straightforward. The major concern during the summer is the accumulation of pollen, dust, and animal droppings. If you live in a drier, more arid region of the country, you may have to be a little more diligent about clambering onto your roof and giving them a quick rinse from the garden hose every now and then. For wetter regions, summer rains will do a fine job of washing away any debris. If you want to reduce the amount of time you spend climbing around on your roof, you may consider installing a roof sprinkler system. However, make sure that these sprinklers are approved by whoever installed your solar panels so that they won’t cause issues with your solar panels.


Much like you clean your gutters regularly during the fall, you’ll also need to clean your solar panels. During fall, the major concern is, of course, loose vegetation and debris piling up on your panels. Sticks, leaves, and more can be blown onto your roof from nearby trees, or even from the neighbor’s roof. You can just clean up your panels while you’re cleaning out your gutters. A quick pass from a broom is usually enough to knock away any debris.


Snow and ice are the major concerns for the integrity of your solar panels in winter. You’ll have to be a little more careful in cleaning them during the cold months. For one, it can be difficult to get onto your roof if there’s snow packed on it. Next, traditional snow busting tactics like putting down salt aren’t great options: the salt can actually cause corrosion on the panels or the installation rack. Corrosion may affect the performance of the panels and could lead to issues later in the year.

Using a broom or snow rake to dust off the snow is a great way to take care of one of these issues. When it comes to ice, you may need to work with a professional company to care for your solar panels in winter. Other that, your solar panels will actually fend for themselves fairly well during the winter. The heat from the sun will naturally melt the snow and ice off of your panels after a few days, and you shouldn’t see too much of an interruption in your energy production.


When you start the process of spring cleaning for your home, don’t forget about your solar panels! The longer days and warmer temperatures make it the perfect time to do a careful once-over of your system. As you’re inspecting your system, look for the following:

  • Roof damage or other issues

  • Corrosion on the panels

  • Scratches, marks, or burn spots on the panel’s glass

  • Missing parts, like bolts or covers

If you don’t feel comfortable checking the integrity of your solar panels, connect with your local solar panel installer. They can quickly and easily observe your array and make suggestions for how to repair or better care for your system.

Keeping Them Clean

Cleaning your solar panels is as simple as cleaning your dishes, the only difference is that they won’t fit in the dishwasher. Simply wipe down each panel with a wet rag or sponge. For particularly stubborn spots of dirt, dust, or pollen, use a gentle dish soap, preferably one made from natural ingredients. Avoid using any caustic cleaning agents or abrasive materials, as this can lead to scratched and damaged panels. Make sure to do the cleaning on a cooler day, or during an overcast day so that water doesn’t evaporate so quickly, leaving marks behind.

The renewable energy revolution is here! Palmetto is committed to making solar energy technology more affordable and more accessible. With sales all over the country, and advanced integrated monitoring systems, like Palmetto Home, it’s easy to embrace solar energy and save money doing it. Find out more about our products and services, and contact us today!


Why Your Clients Shouldn't Install Their Own Solar Panels

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Solar panels are a major investment for any homeowner. They deliver the promise of energy independence, environmentally responsibility, and lower utility bills. However, even after the various rebates and tax credits, some homeowners might blanch at the cost of solar panel installation. To save some money, they might want to install the panels themselves. When working in a solar sales position, you might come across clients like these. It’s critical that you explain to them why they shouldn’t attempt to install solar panels on their own, and instead work with the installation teams from Palmetto. Here are some reasons why your clients shouldn’t install their own solar panels.

The Materials Are More Expensive

If a client’s first reaction to your quote and proposal is to raise their eyebrows in surprise, don’t panic. Instead, explain to them that these costs are significantly higher if they were to look into buying the materials and install the panels on their own. Palmetto offers top-quality solar panel technology, something our competitors cannot say, but they will charge the same prices for lesser materials. Similarly, these materials often are not as durable as our’s are, meaning that client who installs their own solar panels may have to replace them far sooner than they’d like. Essentially, they’ll buy the same set of solar panels twice.

It’s Not Always Easy to Figure Out Where to Put Your Panels

As a solar sales partner, you’ll know all the tips and tricks to figure out where a solar panel installation would work best on a home. But your clients likely do not have this knowledge. Every home has its own architectural nuances, and while general knowledge like “south-facing roofs get the most sun” might set your client on the right path, the shape and size of their roof might not make a solar panel there very effective. When you work with the installation team at Palmetto, your client’s can rest easy knowing that their panels will be placed correctly. If they place them incorrectly on their own, your client will have to pay a contractor to have redone anyway.

Electric Work Requires Special Training

While solar technology is getting easier to use every day, we haven’t quite reached the “plug and play” status that we’d all like. Installing solar panels is a complicated process that requires some advanced electrical training. When solar panels are installed, it also involves putting in new wiring for each panel and tying it into the home’s electrical system. This process can be risky for unskilled homeowners. For instance, failing to cut the power to the home before wiring in the solar panels can result in electrocution. If the panels are not installed correctly, the first time they are powered up could lead to a power surge in the home. Power surges lead to complications like blown inverters or even electrical fires. Unless your client has an extensive background in electrical work, it’s best that they work with the installation teams at Palmetto.

DIY Installations Aren’t Backed By A Warranty

If your client insists on buying their own solar panels and installing them on their own, remind them that they will not have the benefit of a warranty. Installing your own solar panels can actually void any existing warranties in some cases. When your clients elect to work with the professional installation teams at Palmetto, they will ensure that the parts and materials will be within the warranty. Additionally, the labor will likely be warrantied as well.

Your Clients May Miss Out On Tax Credits

While tax credits make solar panel installations more affordable, not everyone is aware of them. Your client could risk missing out on these valuable rebates if they elect to install their own solar panels.  As a solar sales partner, you’ll have a detailed familiarity with these incentives, at the Federal and state level, and connect your clients with them. Ultimately, this helps your clients to save money, even if the initial costs may seem like a lot to them.

As a solar sales partner with Palmetto, it’s your job to empower your clients with the knowledge and materials they need to make the change to solar power. If you’re excited by the prospect of helping others join the solar energy revolution, then we have a job for you. Palmetto is hiring new Alchemists, our team of dedicated solar sales partners. You’ll enjoy flexible work hours, competitive pay, and a job culture that is committed to helping the world gain access to affordable and effective solar technology. Find out more today by contacting us, and then get started on your application!

Why You Should Pursue A Career In the Solar Industry

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The world is on the cusp of an energy revolution. Alternative energy sources are more and more becoming the mainstream choice for energy consumption. Leading the charge, of course, is solar energy. The solar industry is a dynamic and vibrant one, packed with opportunity for employment and the promise of a gratifying career path. As Palmetto is hiring a new group of solar sales Alchemists, we thought we’d outline some of the reasons who you should pursue a career in the solar industry.

The Solar Industry is Expanding Quickly

Traditionally, the energy sector in the United States has been dominated by fossil fuels. But in recent years, there has been a dramatic shift in where the resources and employees are working in the energy sector. Rather than working an oil patch, many Americans are now setting up solar panel arrays. Forbes found that in 2017, the gas and oil industry employed around 187,000, while the solar energy industry employed more than 374,000. Solar energy added an estimated 73,000 jobs to the economy in 2017, signaling wider trends of development and growth in the industry. With such rapid growth, there’s never been a better time to get into a career in solar sales.

You’re Helping to Improve the Environment

A career in solar sales is rewarding for a myriad of reasons. While the chance at a financially successful career is one reward, an even greater one is your work to help the environment. Solar panels help to reduce pollution and stem the tide of global climate change. For every solar panel array that’s installed, it lessens the reliance on the harmful fossil fuels that accelerate climate issues. Ultimately, using the clean energy from solar panels helps to create a healthier environment for humans and animals alike.

You’ll Help the Local Economy

The increased demand for solar panels means that more and more opportunities for work are cropping up. For every solar panel array you sell, you create an employment opportunity for a local contractor and installer. This, in turn, helps to improve the local economy. Similarly, when home and business owners utilize their solar panel installations, they’ll start saving money on their utility bills. They can use these savings to improve their buildings or pay their employees more, or just spend it on goods and services they couldn’t afford otherwise. Solar energy isn’t just an investment in the environment, it’s an investment in your community.

It’s an Ideal Career for Those in Collapsing Industries

As the growth of the fossil fuels industry slows, and other industries, like coal, steel, and timber also slow, the solar energy field is a great industry to transition into. While they seem unrelated, the skills developed in other energy industries actually translate well to the solar sector. Knowledge of infrastructure, energy transportation and usage, and more can easily be applied to your new career in solar sales.

The Salaries are Competitive and Always Improving

Financially, a career in solar sales can be quite lucrative. Working with a new solar panel company is a chance to find long-term employment, and enjoy all the benefits thereof. With time and experience, your salary will improve, ensuring that you’ll live a comfortable life, even as you’re helping to make the world more comfortable for everyone else.

You’ll Have an Interesting Job

Perhaps an unsung benefit of working in solar sales is that you’ll have an interesting job. Given the attention that the solar industry has been receiving in the last few years, you’ll undoubtedly turn heads when you tell others about what you do. The solar field is as trendy as it is technical and you’ll have a certain level of cultural capital to your name in addition to financial capital.

The Solar Sector Welcomes People from Different Backgrounds

While the technology itself may be rather complicated, the fact is that the solar industry is still in need of a variety of supporting roles and positions. Don’t let the technical specs of a solar panel array keep you from pursuing a career in the solar industry. Skills like sales, writing, installation, and even education are all necessary to help the solar sector expand and improve. With even just a little bit of specialized training, you can quickly enjoy a successful career in the solar industry.

Join the Palmetto Team

Palmetto is looking for ambitious and driven individuals who are ready to be a part of this exciting career field. If you share our passion for clean energy and a healthy environment, we invite you to become an Alchemist and work as a Palmetto sales partner. Start your new career in solar sales and apply to become a sales partner now.

What Your Clients Need To Know About Installing Solar Panels

Palmetto has a team of motivated solar sales partners that we call our Alchemists. They work with clients all over the country to connect them with the solar technology they need to break free from their dependence on fossil fuels. Since Palmetto is hiring a new group of solar sales partners, we thought we’d explore some of the elements of the job, including what ideas you need to communicate to your clients.

Part of being successful in a solar sales career is understanding the entire solar panel installation process. While many might believe it’s as simple as mounting a few panels anywhere on a home, it’s actually far more nuanced than that. When you’re working with a client to sell them on a new solar panel installation, make sure to ask them these questions and keep these items in mind.  

Is Your Roof Capable of Supporting Solar Panels

The roof of any home is one of the most important architectural elements. It shields families from the weather, keeping them warm in winter and cool in summer. It’s also one of the best places to implement a solar panel installation. But not all roofs are created equally. When selling solar panels, it’s important to work with your clients to discern if their roof can actually support the array. When making this evaluation, ask your questions about the following:

  • How old is your roof? The average asphalt shingle roof can go more than 20 years without needing to be repaired or replaced. The same can be said for solar panel installations. You’ll want to make sure that your client’s roof is near the end of its life so that they can have it replaced before the array is added to it. This helps to prevent a scenario where the roof needs to be replaced before the array does.

  • How large is your roof? Another concern for solar panel arrays is the size and usable roof space available to your client. Small roofs or roofs with lots of interruptions like skylights, vents, chimneys, and windows may not be a great fit for solar panels, even if that roof faces directly South. The ideal roof for solar panels has no interruptions, faces within 40 degrees of South, and has a large surface area on which to place plenty of solar panels.

  • What are your HOA regulations like? There’s no denying that solar panels have a certain aesthetic. While many likely appreciate the appearance, some HOAs feel that they disrupt the visual cohesion of a neighborhood if only one or a few homes have them. You should encourage your client to connect with their homeowner's association before they commit to a solar panel array to ensure they can actually have them installed on their home.

Asking these questions help you determine whether your client’s roof can support a solar panel installation. If the roof cannot support solar panels, you might discuss establishing a solar array somewhere else on the property.

How Many Solar Panels Does Your Client Need?

Once you’ve established that your client’s roof is a good candidate for an array, it’s time to figure out just how much energy they use on a day-to-day basis. The fact is, no two homes will need the same number of solar panels. A variety of factors can influence their regular energy usage, and therefore, the number of panels they need. When creating an estimate of how many panels a client might need for their home, keep these factors in mind:

  • What is there average energy usage like? Ask your client to review their energy bills over the last year. More than likely, your client will notice jumps in their energy bill during the winter months, as well as in the middle of summer, as during these periods they’re running their HVAC systems more regularly. Get an average monthly total. The more energy a client uses every month, the more panels they’ll need in their array.

  • How much sun does your roof get? The reality is that a solar array needs a certain amount of sunlight each day to truly be effective. Your client might already have a sense of how much sunlight their roof gets, or may know of obstructions that cast shadows on their home. An easy way to figure out how much sunlight your client’s home gets is to use Google’s Project Sunroof. Entering in your address will reveal how many hours of usable sunlight a home gets in a given year. If Project Sunroof doesn’t have information on your client’s home, you can use the solar maps from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Using This Information

Once you’ve determined the size and usability of the client’s roof, as well as their energy needs, you can create a price estimate for them and produce a proposal. These resources will help your client make an informed decision when purchasing a solar panel array from you.

Are you passionate about renewable energy and clean technology? Ready to help others share in your excitement? Then it’s time to join Palmetto’s team of Alchemists. Our solar sales partners connect our clients with the resources they need to embrace clean, renewable solar energy. Get started in your new solar sales job today and apply now.

What Traits You Need To Succeed In Solar Sales

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With the solar energy sector ever expanding, there’s never been a better time to make a career change. One of the best parts about the solar energy field is that there are opportunities for everyone, allowing people to capitalize on their background and previous experience. For those looking to begin a lasting and fulfilling career in the solar industry, solar sales is a great place to get started. If you’re looking to make a switch into this field and are brushing up your resume, keep these traits in mind while applying for careers in solar sales.

Education and Training

While there’s no particular course of study for solar sales, having some coursework in business or marketing is a boon for your application. Currently, the industry is hiring individuals with some college experience or a bachelors in a related field. Sales training is always a plus in this field, as are courses in public speaking and management. These are sure to help you when working with customers. Similar to training and coursework in business, classes and training in the education field, as well as science, technology, and math can help you communicate the value of these products to your clients. For those looking to add a competitive edge to their resumes, being a Certified Professional Manufacturers’ Representative or a Certified Sales Professional can help with your sales, as you’ll be familiar with the components and technology of the solar technology you’re selling.


As with any sales and customer service job, having previous experience in that field is going to be invaluable when pursuing a career in solar sales. Sales and marketing experience, in particular, is of interest to employers. They’re looking for candidates who know the principles and methods for showing, demonstrating, and promoting products and services. Sales techniques and strategies, along with a familiarity with sales platforms and portals can be immediately applied to your new solar sales job.

Similarly, those with a background in technical design and engineering are also in high demand. Having the ability to describe how solar technology works and how it can be applied to a home or business is a vital part of a solar sales partner’s job. If they can explain that in an accessible and clear manner, it helps to build confidence in the product and close sales.

Communication skills are always important in any sales position. Being able to speak and write proficiently will help you connect with clients and sell them the products they need. That said, as the United States continues to diversify, fluency in more than one language will help you stand out and afford you sales opportunities that your coworkers will not be able to take advantage of.

Skills and Characteristics

Often, when our solar sales partners find success in making sales, they attribute it to the skills they have developed in their position. These skills include:

  • Speaking: Being able to speak with clarity and confidence helps to sell products and build a relationship between you and the customer.

  • Listening: Clients will tell you everything you need to know to competently make a sale if you take the time to listen to their pain points and needs. Active listening also includes asking clarifying questions and mirroring key ideas and emotions back to the client to ensure understanding.

  • A Focus on Customer Service: The best solar sales partners genuinely want to help their clients reach their goals and improve their quality of life. Fortunately, this is an easy skill to develop when working in the solar energy field, as even just one solar panel can make a difference.

  • Critical Thinking: When it comes to selling solar technology, there is no “one size fits all” package or approach. The array that works for one homeowner likely won’t work for their neighbor. Thinking through options and alternatives and coming to solutions quickly is a crucial part of a job in solar sales.

Developing and polishing these skills can help you succeed in solar sales. Similarly, having the right attitude and personal characteristics can also help. Individuals who take the initiative on working with clients and creating connections are quickly rewarded for their efforts. At the same time, you also need to be ready to work with your fellow sales partners and support team members. Becoming a dependable part of these teams ensures that everyone works harder and sees the returns on their work.

Get Started In Solar Sales Today

Palmetto is leading the charge in solar technology. We’re helping businesses and homes across the country embrace solar energy and helping to improve the environment at the same time. We’re looking for motivated and passionate people to help us do it. Apply today and become a solar sales partner and join our team of Alchemists!

What A Solar Sales Career Looks Like

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It’s estimated that in 2017 alone, the solar energy industry added more than 73,000 new jobs. With the field expanding exponentially, more and more solar energy companies are looking to hire motivated and passionate team members. While a career in solar installation may appear obvious, careers in solar sales are not as well known. Palmetto is hiring a new group of solar sales partners to join our team of alchemists. Let’s shed some light on what a career in solar sales may look like from day-to-day.

The Overview

Solar sales partners are the face of any good solar panel company. They are often the first point of contact between the solar panel company and a potential client. As such, they work closely with clients to determine their needs and expand on their vision. From there, a solar sales partner can suggest new equipment or systems, or connect clients with maintenance and repair services.

As a solar sales partner, you’ll want to be familiar with not only the products and services of your solar panel company but also with the energy requirements and site conditions that make a solar array successful. You’ll likely have to work with clients to determine their solar resources and take into consideration factors like shade, the climate, and the structure and position of their roof. With all of this information in mind, you can offer your clients a tailor-made solar panel package that meets their needs.

What Skills You’ll Need

While anyone can be successful in a solar sales position, if you have the right set of skills, you’ll truly excel in your field. Palmetto has found that our leading Alchemist solar sales partners have the following skills:

  • Strong Communication Skills: Perhaps the bulk of your work will be done through communicating with others. While you’ll spend most of your time speaking to clients on the phone or through email, you’ll also need to connect with installation teams, product managers, and coordinate with other teams within your company. As such, you’ll want to be able to communicate important ideas clearly and concisely.

  • Organizational Skills: As a sales partner, you’ll no doubt be working with several new and existing clients at the same time. This necessitates the need for you to remain highly organized. Not only does this keep your client happy, but it also makes your job easier, granting you more time and opportunities to make more sales.

  • Knowledge of Contracts and Proposals: Successful solar sales partners will structure effective contracts and proposals that deliver exactly what the client needs without burying them in red tape and legal jargon.

  • Experience in Creating Strategic Plans: If you’ve built out marketing campaigns or made sales plans for a region or groups of customers, you’ll have an easy time keeping up with the needs of your clients. You’ll connect your customers with information about their orders, custom quotes, warranties, financing options, and more.

Industry Knowledge

Perhaps one of the most exciting elements of working in a solar sales position is that the field is always changing. The technology behind solar power is constantly improving and expanding, meaning that there are always new innovations to keep track of and share with your clients and partners. Additionally, there are federal and state tax incentives that make it financially feasible for clients to take advantage of the benefits that solar energy has to offer them. Successful solar sales partners stay on top of all of these changes and are aware of regional differences. There’s always something to learn in these positions, meaning that you’re always engaged with your work.

What a Solar Sales Career has to Offer You

In addition to a dynamic work environment, solar sales is a satisfying job in many senses. First, you’re working in a cutting-edge field that is making a positive impact on the health of the environment and your local communities. If that’s not reason enough to work as a solar sales partner, this career path is also lucrative. In 2017, the top sale Alchemists at Palmetto made nearly $250,000. With the rapid expansion of the solar industry, there is always a demand for new solar arrays, ensuring that there are plenty of sales opportunities now and in the future.

Join the Palmetto Sales Team Today

Looking for a job that lets you control how much you work and earn? Passionate about caring for the environment? Want to work in a field that’s always growing and changing? Palmetto has the job for you. We’re hiring new sales partners to join our team of Alchemists. You’ll connect eco-friendly clients with the solar energy resources they need to make a positive change in the world. Start your application today and join the Palmetto team!

Tips for Getting Started In The Solar Energy Field

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With the constant fluctuations in fossil fuel prices, the growing evidence of the effects of climate change, and widespread interest in embracing green technologies and power, there’s never been a better time than now to get involved in the solar energy industry. This burgeoning field is hiring people across the country and the world. But for those looking to break into this expanding industry, it can be difficult to know where to start. Fortunately, Palmetto is looking to hire a new generation of solar salespersons, so we’re outlining some tips for getting started in the solar energy field.

Start Learning About How Solar Technology Works

While the concept might be fairly simple, the execution is anything but. Solar panels, the installation process, and even the costs behind it all, each have their own knowledge sets. If you’re looking into a solar sales career, you’ll want to be familiar with all of these processes, and even take it one step further and familiarize yourself with your local solar requirements and incentives. With the field expanding so quickly, much of it is changing, so it’s important to have a strong grasp of the basics. Not only will this help you in your future career, but having background knowledge in these areas will be a great asset during your interview.

Don’t Be Afraid To Move To Where The Jobs Are

While solar panels can be installed and utilized nearly anywhere in the world, there are certain areas of the country where the industry is booming. The American Southwest, in particular, is experiencing amazing growth in the use of solar technologies, and we here at Palmetto have started taking on more and more projects in states like Florida and South Carolina, along with other states like Illinois, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Realistically, you might find job listings for solar sales careers all over the country, but you might have a better time getting hired if you pursue opportunities in booming states.

Start Networking

There’s an old saying that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” There is a certain element of truth to this when it comes to finding employment. While the solar energy field is expanding, it’s still a fairly tight-knit community. Meet with a local solar panel company in your area and conduct a few informational interviews. Not only will you learn more about the field and the work, but you’ll also make a few contacts at that business. While they might not be hiring, they might know of another solar panel company that is.

Keep Trying

Like breaking into any career field, moving into a solar sales career can be difficult. But that doesn’t mean you should get discouraged. With the industry expanding the way it is, it means that there are more and more opportunities for work. Palmetto is excited to hire new solar sales positions, training our candidates to become Palmetto Alchemists. Start your new career in solar sales and join one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Apply for a career with Palmetto today.

The Benefits Of Working A Solar Sales Job

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When you’re searching for a new job, there’s a whole litany of things you’re looking for. Location, work culture, pay, and of course, benefits. Benefits can make or break a job. While any job can offer you a dental plan and paid time off, a career in solar sales comes with some pretty unique benefits. Here are some of the great benefits that the solar sales partners at Palmetto enjoy.

A Career in the Solar Industry is Safe

It seems like every day we hear about oil pipelines breaking or engineers and workers being harmed on oil derricks. The fossil fuel sector is rife with danger, for individuals and the environment. The solar energy sector, however, is safe as can be. There will never be a news headline about a deadly solar spill that pollutes a water supply, and the chance of hurting yourself while installing a solar panel array is very low. Indeed, using sunscreen and staying hydrated are the best ways to mitigate any harm that you could be exposed to while working in the solar energy sector.

Solar Energy Helps to Improve Human Health

Unlike traditional energy and fuel sources, solar energy releases no harmful byproducts into the air. That means that those with respiratory health concerns, like asthma, don’t experience any aggravated symptoms. There are estimates that the United States could save billions every year if they were to switch from fossil fuels to solar energy instead. One estimate suggests that nearly $167 billion could be saved in health and environmental damages if the country were to adopt solar energy technology on a wide scale. As an added benefit, solar energy helps us to preserve the environment, which helps our mental health. Research suggests that spending time outside is good for our mental health and can alleviate symptoms of depressions, loneliness, and anxiety.

Solar Energy Aids in National Defense

The United States is a major consumer of fossil fuels, often using more than it produces. This forces the U.S. to purchase oil from other nations. The fossil fuel industry can destabilize these oil-producing regions, causing violence on a global level. By switching to solar energy, the U.S. is no longer sending billions of dollars to nations and states that may use some of that money to back terrorist organizations. Ultimately, solar energy helps us to reduce our dependency on these nations, ensuring they do not have the financial resources to support radical groups that mean the U.S. harm.

Solar Energy can Save Water

Most estimates agree that solar energy consumes less water than the fossil fuel industry. Burning coal or using water in a hydroelectric plant can consume hundreds of thousands of gallons a day. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy suggests that solar could reduce water usage in 36 different states, enough to hydrate 1.3 million homes. This is of great value, especially to the Western U.S. which has been plagued by droughts for years.

Solar is a Financial Boon

Whether you work in solar sales or live in a community that has embraced solar technology, you’ll experience the financial benefits. The solar industry is creating thousands of jobs all across the country. Some estimate that the industry has created more than 200,000 jobs. Typically, sales in the solar energy sector, and in solar sales, in particular, are roughly 10 percent higher than those in similar industries. Having a background in solar technology can help you achieve a new sense of financial freedom. Solar energy can also help homeowners save money on their utility bills. The addition of solar panels also raises the property values of a home, and with the cost of solar technology dropping every year, it’s increasingly becoming more feasible for homeowners to add solar panel installations to their homes. Finally, solar technology helps bring electricity to communities that may not have had access to it in the past. This opens up new economic opportunities that can lift entire communities out of poverty.

Solar Technology Helps to Combat Climate Change

Perhaps the greatest benefit of working the solar energy sector is the knowledge that you’re helping the environment by halting the causes of climate change. Every solar panel installation that goes up helps to eliminate the number of fossil fuels needed to power our lives. This reduces the number of harmful greenhouse gases released into the earth’s atmosphere. With no harmful byproducts, solar panels reduce greenhouse gas emissions, making the world a more comfortable and safe place to live.

The benefits of working in solar sales extend from financial to cultural to environmental and everything in between. If you’re ready for a new career in solar sales then Palmetto is excited to announce that we are hiring new solar sales partners to join our team of Alchemists. With flexible work hours and competitive pay rates, you can help your local community and yourself by offering them cost-saving solar technology. Get started by sending in an application today!

5 Reasons Your Clients Should Go Solar

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Solar energy is becoming increasingly more popular among home and business owners all over the country. For those in the know, going solar is an obvious choice. But when working in solar sales, it’s likely that you’ll have clients who do not know much about solar energy or are loathe to change their old ways. That’s why it’s important to have a catalog of good reasons and ideas that can help to convince your clients that going solar is to their benefit. Since Palmetto is hiring a new group of solar sales partners, we thought we’d offer up five compelling reasons that your clients should go solar.

A Solar Panel Installation can Improve Your Homes Value

The fact of the matter is that any potential client is interested in how your products and services address their problems and add value to their lives. Solar technology directly speaks to both of these issues, especially when you frame it around the value it adds to a home. The Department of Energy partnered with Berkley Labs for two studies that involved real estate values and solar panel installations. The studies found that on average, home buyers are willing to pay a premium of an additional $15,000 above asking price for a home that has a solar panel array on it. The National Renewable Energy Lab has also found that homes with solar panel installations tend to sell more quickly than those without them. For those looking for both short- and long-term financial gain, a solar panel array is a great addition to your home.

You Get Great Tax Rebates

One of the best reasons to embrace solar technology is that the costs of doing so are constantly falling. This is in part due to the immense tax rebates and incentives that both Federal and state governments now offer. The Federal government now offers a personal tax credit that rebates up to 30 percent of the costs associated with installing solar panels on your home. Additionally, individual states also offer clean energy tax credits that help to lower the costs of installation. After taking advantage of these tax credits, what looks like a costly investment into your home actually becomes quite reasonable. You’ll start to actually make money off of your solar panel system fairly quickly if you take advantage of these great rebates.

Solar Energy Creates Local Jobs

Chances are if a client is considering investing in solar technology, they’re also concerned about issues like the local economy. Fortunately, investing in solar energy helps to create jobs in your community. For every solar panel installation sold, it creates demand for both skilled and unskilled workers who are ready to bring their talents into a dynamic new field. The money your clients spend to go solar stays in their community, meaning that every dollar they spend helps the environment and their neighbors.

Solar Technology is Resilient

Maintaining a roof can be a costly endeavor, especially if your clients live in areas that are prone to hail and high winds. In these areas, replacing a roof can be a regular occurrence. Often, client’s are surprised to find out just how durable solar panels really area. It’s not uncommon for a home to make use of the same solar panel array for more than 30 years without the need for repairs or replacement. Solar panel installations require little-to-no maintenance and there are few upgrades. Solar technology is worry and stress-free that requires little thought to enjoy.

Going Solar can Help Save the Environment

This is probably the most obvious reason, but also one of the most compelling. Going solar is a great way for your clients to help stem the effects of climate change. By using solar technology, your clients can help to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants that are released into the environment. Traditional energy sources, like coal, gas, and oil, all release harmful byproducts that accelerate the effects of climate change. Solar panels, conversely, have no harmful byproducts. The sun offers clean, free, and renewable energy that is easy to convert and put to use in our homes.

You can use all of these reasons when you’re making a sale to a potential solar client. Often, using one or more of these reasons are enough to convince a client to adopt solar technology. If you’re excited about the prospect of working in the solar energy sector and are looking for a dynamic career in sales, Palmetto has the perfect job for you. We’re hiring new solar sales partners to join our team of Alchemists. With sales opportunities all over the country, as well as competitive pay rates, and a flexible work schedule, becoming a solar sales partner is a great way to help others while also helping the environment. Fill out an application today to get started!

The 6 Best Reasons To Become A Palmetto Alchemist

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If you’ve kept track of our blog at all, you’ll know that we think pretty highly of the solar energy sector. It offers a host of benefits that you won’t find anywhere else, and you’re helping to save the environment when you work a solar energy job. While we’ve outlined how you can get a solar sales career, the traits you need to succeed, and the reasons you should pursue a solar sales career, we haven’t done much to explain why we think you should join Palmetto as a solar sales partner. To rectify that, today Palmetto offers up the six best reasons to become a part of the Palmetto Alchemist sales team.

#1: Competitive Pay Rates

Look, we’ll cut right to the chase. We’re excited to work with people who are just as passionate about solar energy as we are. We want to reward those who work hard to help us achieve our mission of making solar technology accessible to everyone. That’s why we offer very competitive pay rates. Don’t believe us? In 2017, Palmetto’s leading Alchemist made $250,000 for their efforts. We’re ready to build out our Alchemist sales teams, so we’re offering great signing bonuses to incentivize you to get started today.

#2: Work When You Want To

It seems like life is always getting more and more busy and that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. If you’re looking for a rewarding job that works with your schedule, not dictates it, working with Palmetto as a solar sales partner is just for you. You can work as much or as little as you like, whenever you like. That means that if you’re one to burn the midnight oil, you’re welcome too. Or if you’re an ardent believer that the early bird gets the worm, we want you to get up as early as you want. Flexibility translates to productivity, and when you can work when you’re most productive, you’ll make more sales and help more people go solar.

#3: You Can Work Anywhere In The Country

Even if you’ve got a cursory knowledge of geography, you’ll understand that some parts of the United States get more sun than others. But that doesn’t mean that the demand for solar energy technology is limited to just a few places in the U.S. Palmetto makes major sales to the entire country. Some of our most successful solar sales partners operate out of Florida, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Nevada, Illinois, and Massachusetts. The fact is, as the technology improves its effectiveness, and perhaps more importantly, becomes more affordable, people will flock to embrace it. No matter where you are, you can make a great living working in solar sales.

#4: Our Products Are Rolling Out Nationwide

Of course, we wouldn’t offer flexible work hours and locations if we weren’t able to back it up with our impressive array of products. Palmetto is constantly expanding its distribution network, meaning that you’ll find our products and services in homes all across the country.

#5: Do Good Feel Good

One of the biggest perks of working in the solar energy sector is the knowledge that your work is making a difference. Solar energy is clean, renewable, and effective. By connecting more homeowners with the solar technology they need, they’re reducing their dependence on harmful fossil fuels, which accelerate the pace of climate change. With no harmful byproducts, solar panels are easy to produce, simple to install, and benefit homeowners immensely. When you work with Palmetto, you’re helping to make the world a better place, one solar panel at a time.

#6: We’re A Values-Driven Company

Of course, none of this would even matter if we didn’t truly believe in our mission and our values. At its core, Palmetto strives to be the world’s largest clean energy and social-impact company. It’s why we hire talented and passionate people and why we blend advanced technology with renewable energy. We recognize that there’s a high demand for affordable, reliable solar energy technology, and we're doing our best to meet that demand. We want to create a brighter future, one powered by solar energy.

Become A Leader In Renewable Energy

If you read through these reasons and are just as inspired by our mission and values as we are, then we want you on our team. Palmetto is hiring new solar sales partners right now. Our group of Alchemists works all over the country, selling our products and services, and make solar technology accessible for everyone. Get started today by filling out an application, or contact us to find out more.

In-Demand Careers In The Solar Sector

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Growing at an astonishing rate, one of the most prolific industries right now is the solar energy sector. As people all over the world increasingly move away from fossil fuels and recognize the benefits of renewable energy, there has been an increased need for specialists in this field. Solar energy jobs pay well and are fairly easy to get into since many can shift their current knowledge and apply it to their new career. Within the solar sector are several in-demand careers. For instance, Palmetto is hiring right now to fill slots in our solar energy sales teams. Here are some of the opportunities that are available to you in this exciting career field.

Solar Panel Installation

As more homes and business goes solar, there is a pressing need for qualified and capable installers. Solar panel installers benefit from having a background in construction or in roofing, as these skills make their jobs significantly easier. Within the panel installation field is a variety of subfields, including solar water heater installers, and solar radiant heating installers. Solar panel installers have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. As the technology becomes more affordable, undoubtedly they will be working on many personal home projects, but there are opportunities to work with businesses, agricultural operations, and even government institutions to set up solar panel arrays and monitoring systems.

Solar Consultation And Design

Regardless of field, there’s always a need for expert knowledge. With more interest in solar technology, more people and businesses will want to embrace the technology. This means there is an obvious need for those who can design arrays and consult with buyers as to how to best implement their new solar panels. These consultants will need a strong understanding of how not only the technology works, but also the financing options behind it, and where to source the equipment and personnel needed to install a new solar panel array.

Solar Panel Maintenance And Repair

One of the benefits of solar panel areas is that they are fairly hands-off technology, not requiring a lot of maintenance. However, they do need regular cleaning, and have to be monitored frequently to ensure they’re working properly. When maintenance is required, it’s a specialized process that will require insider knowledge, particular equipment, and professional skill. Similarly, with the technology improving and advancing at the rate it is, there will undoubtedly be a number of upgrades available for solar panel systems in the coming years which is sure to keep solar panel repair firms busy.

Solar Sales And Marketing

Of course, for any of the jobs to happen, it has to start with sales and marketing. These careers get the products and technology into the hands of consumers and advocates. With this in mind, it’s obvious why solar sales are some of the most in-demand jobs in the energy sector right now. If you’re looking to break into the solar sector and have a penchant for sales, Palmetto has an opportunity for you. We’re hiring new Alchemists, our sales and support staff, who are dedicated to helping the United States achieve energy independence, all while enjoying a lower utility bill. Contact us today to find out more about our solar sales career opportunities and to start your application.