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What is a work day like for Solar Energy Systems Engineers?

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I worked for several years in the field working directly with customers to sell and design solar systems for residential and commercial properties.

Many of my days were spent traveling to appointments and doing a "solar site assessment", where I would determine the best location for the system and measure the solar resource (basically how much sun can said location expect to have over the course of a year). I would then spend my time at the office preparing contracts for customers.

For systems that were sold, I would complete electrical designs for the systems, including wiring diagrams as well as calculations for wire sizing, inverter sizing, and other components. I would put together document packages that would be submitted to the city for permits.

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Daniel’s Answer

Hello Tomothy, most solar engineers work in offices, but may also travel frequently to different work sites, including overseas locations. They often must climb ladders onto rooftops to inspect installations, and may need to carry heavy loads for short distances.

Typically Solar engineers plan, design, and implement solar energy projects. They may manage anything from large-scale municipal projects to home rooftop installations, so the day to day may vary depending on the task at hand, between office work performing design, engineering analysis or evaluation of energy efficiency and solar projects, and site audits to collect structural, electrical, and related site information for use in the design of residential or commercial solar power systems.

source : environmentalscience.org

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You can check out this youtube video with an interview with a solar engineer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=helNkOKcxzw
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