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Solar Career Pathways

Brittany Heller • Last updated 10/2023

4.6/5 (view ratings)
284 students
5 modules
3:52 hours
30 assignments

Course description

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

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • 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

Full course outline

Module 1 - 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 - Why choose the solar industry?

  • Solar Industry Snapshot (12:24 minutes)
  • National Solar Job Census 2021 (.pdf)
  • E2 Clean Jobs America 2022 Report (.pdf)
Module 3 - 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 - 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)
  • Head of Business Development (Manufacturing) - Rebecca Guo (10:38 minutes)
  • Operations & Maintenance Technician and Solar Entrepreneur - Keith Rohman (04:30 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)
  • Drone Pilot - Paul Matthews (14:30 minutes)
  • Construction Manager - Becky Sorenson (19:23 minutes)
  • Resources for Veterans - Richard Lawrence (09:12 minutes)
Module 5 - 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


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


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by Somesh Kammari 04/24/2022

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

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