Financing a solar panel installation is easier than you think. Help connect your clients with these resources to make more solar sales. Join the Palmetto team as a solar sales partner today!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.