About this course

Learn to use the IREC Solar Career Map to Explore Jobs in the Industry.

Solar deployment in the United States is on track to hit new records as momentum to a clean energy transition continues to grow. With scores of renewable energy goals being established at all levels of government and companies alike, solar energy is on a trajectory to grow at unprecedented amounts.
Join HeatSpring instructor, Brittany Heller, and real people working across solar to learn about the various career opportunities in this rapidly growing industry. We dive into the state of the industry through data from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Solar Jobs Census as well as the e2 Clean Jobs America report. We will explore career pathways within the solar industry using the IREC Solar Career Map as a tool and a guide. Then, we'll hear from individuals in system design, project development, installation, operations & maintenance and more. 

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Learning Objectives

  • To learn about the scale and scope of jobs in the solar industry
  • To build awareness of career opportunities using the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Solar Career Map as a framework
  • To gain perspectives from people working in the solar industry

Course outline

5 modules • 30 assignments • 3:52 hours of video lectures

Module 1 • 4 assignments
Welcome to the course!

Meet the instructor and learn about course objectives.

  • Meet your instructor (03:12 minutes)
  • Follow HeatSpring on LinkedIn
  • Course Objectives (45 seconds)
  • Totally optional: iPhone App for taking this class (50 seconds)
Module 2 • 3 assignments
Why choose the solar industry?

  • Solar Industry Snapshot (12:24 minutes)
  • National Solar Job Census 2022
  • E2 Clean Jobs America 2022 Report (.pdf)
Module 3 • 2 assignments
Solar Career Map

Learning how to use the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Solar Career Map.

  • Solar Career Map Tour - Mary Lawrence & Joe Sarubbi (19:02 minutes)
  • Explore the IREC Solar Career Map
Module 4 • 16 assignments
Professional Perspectives

We catch up with professionals across the solar energy industry to hear about their jobs, their experience, and career advice.

  • Electrical Apprenticeship - Vaughan Woodruff (13:57 minutes)
  • VP of Construction - Anna Bautista (18:25 minutes)
  • Head of Business Development (Software) - Alex Heller (12:23 minutes)
  • Director of Learning & Development - Claire Lytton (05:04 minutes)
  • Solar Installation Supervisor - Shravan Joshi (07:08 minutes)
  • COO and Co-Founder (Agrivoltaics Development)- Savannah Whitfield (14:25 minutes)
  • Head of Business Development (Manufacturing) - Rebecca Guo (10:38 minutes)
  • Operations & Maintenance Technician and Solar Entrepreneur - Keith Rohman (04:30 minutes)
  • Chief Operating Officer - Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson (19:59 minutes)
  • Director of Growth - Alex Snedeker (10:29 minutes)
  • Lead Installer, Service Tech, and Electrical Apprentice - Jan Scott (13:37 minutes)
  • Project Manager - Dylan Reitenbach (06:42 minutes)
  • Craft Recruiter - Renewable Energy - DJ Barrett (12:01 minutes)
  • Sr. Manager Project Development, Energy Solutions Team - Chris Brown (12:42 minutes)
  • Solar Designer and Solar Entrepreneur - Anthony Gianfrancesco (15:23 minutes)
  • Resources for Veterans - Richard Lawrence (09:12 minutes)
Module 5 • 3 assignments
Skills for the Industry and Opportunities to Learn

  • Skills for the Industry (05:28 minutes)
  • Opportunities to Learn & Grow (04:22 minutes)
  • NABCEP Certifications


  • Brittany Heller

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    Brittany Heller has been in the solar industry in a variety of roles since January 2015. She began her solar career in residential sales in New Orleans. She then moved to Denver where she completed a Construction Fellowship with GRID Alternatives Colorado, building a wide portfolio of solar projects all benefiting income-qualified families. In April 2018, she began her... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
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Is there a certificate of completion?
Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.
Can I register multiple people?
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Based on 20 reviews
students have taken this course

Heatspring is a great website to help with my career.

William Kennedy

the course was very insightful it was my first solar course and i felt it gave me a perfect start. Solar professionals sharing their experience is the best part of it.

saurav jadhav

I finally suggested those students or job seekers they start their career in solar proffesional

Somesh Kammari

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