many things you need to do if you want to get into the solar business:
1. To become a solar installer you need to have many titles. You
need to be a combination of a roofer, electrician, salesman, designer,
businessman, and a general "jack-of-all-trades." Once you have
accomplished these you can begin the process of starting your own solar
business! 2. To start your business check out the web, it's free! Research
these sites to help you out in the process:
3. Take a training class on how to install solar. Prices vary
from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Taking a class is
a good next step, but don't expect to be a solar installer on completion of
a class. Classes are offered through
NABCEP to name a few. If you don't
feel like flying to another state and paying for all those fees, there are
in state training courses.
Click here to view the classes and sign up.
4. Get an apprenticeship. Existing solar companies generally
like to bring on installer-helpers to help on sites. It is more likely
they will bring on an apprentice that has been thru training first.
You can learn a lot from being on site, things that maybe you wouldn't have
been taught in a class, and definitely hands-on experience. 5. To be a solar installer you need to obtain a commercial contractor
license with a solar energy equipment sub-classification. See this
Louisiana Solar Contractor License.
6. Since you will be a business, check with your CPA on the
recommended business structure you should set up. Then you should
register your business with the LA secretary of state. See this
Louisiana Corporation Database.