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PV Installer I/II

Company: Sun Light & Power
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: January 19, 2023

Job Description:

Do you want to become an employee-owner for a mission-driven, growth focused company? Do you approach your work with passion and dedication?

About the Company
Sun Light & Power drives the total adoption of clean energy by designing, building, maintaining, and advocating for clean energy solutions so future generations inherit a healthy planet. We are committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience by always innovating and acting with dedication and passion.

We are proud to be certified B-Corporation and this influences our way of working. We make intentional decisions considering sustainability, positive impact on our community and growing profit for the prosperity of our employee-owners. We are a company that strives for a healthy life-work balance and a dog friendly environment.

Position Description:

At Sun Light and Power, experienced PV installers have the opportunity to both learn and teach. On a daily basis, you'll be partnered with senior team members in order to quickly experience a variety of training and leadership styles as well as learn new techniques on the job. Once trained on our best practices, you'll then be relied upon to guide our entry level crew members by showing them the "Sun Light & Power" way.

The candidate we hire has decided to work in solar construction long-term. She or he will excel at the technical aspects on her/his work and will always be on the lookout for ways to improve our installation processes. They'll have a strong understanding of electricity, solar, and how the systems work even if they've not yet worked at commercial scale. She/he will be physically strong, comfortable working at heights, and have a solid understanding of the electric and hand tools used in a solar PV installation environment. Additionally, they'll be an avid learner: someone who is willing and able to study for her/his NABCEP (American Board of Certified Energy Professionals) certification in order to be promoted into future leadership roles.

The best Installers are naturally curious. They enjoy figuring things out, take pride in tiny details of their work, and appreciate being part of a team and company that places safety first.


  • Build commercial solar electric/PV (photovoltaics) systems throughout the greater Bay Area
  • Assist Crew Leader and/or Foreperson with mounting system installations
  • Install PV Modules (includes staging, prepping, securing module wiring, fastening, grounding, aligning modules aesthetically, etc.)
  • Safely operate power tools and hand-tools, (i.e. drills, tape measure, circular saw, reciprocating saw, portable band saw)
  • Learn the basic components of a commercial PV system and become able to accurately name all of the parts/materials.
  • Complete work in a timely, accurate manner and complete time sheet reflecting details of the day
  • Ensure the work site is clean; clear site of clutter and other hazards. Maintain clean and neat tools and work space
  • Work with basic materials; e.g. stanchions, racking equipment, modules
  • Follow instructions and ask questions when not clear on what is expected
  • Participate in monthly and weekly safety meetings
  • Alert supervisors to any potential safety hazards and follow the Job Site Safety Plan
  • Daily use of computer of cell phone for time recording and email communication New Installers are expected to quickly learn the following on the job
  • Acquire knowledge of construction safety and electrical safety standards
  • Know how to work within a wire pulling team: how to handle wire, how not to stress stranded wire

    • For the Installer I position, we require some experience with electrical, construction or HVAC.
    • For the Installer II position, we require 2+ years of experience as a PV Installer, preferably in a commercial scale
    • Reliable transportation to go to job sites is a must
    • The ability to name, identify and use basic power tools and hardware
    • Understanding the basics of electrical wiring
    • Know the basic wire colors per the National Electrical Code (NEC)
    • Understand the voltage issues involved with strings of modules (parallel vs. series)
    • Have basic knowledge of DC electrical systems, preferably some AC as well
    • Must be able to climb ladders and be comfortable working at extreme heights
    • Able to lift at least 50 pounds throughout the day and on a daily basis and pass a physical exam if needed
    • Able and willing to work in extreme environments (in the rain, hot sun, crawl spaces and attics)
    • Have experience with and proven knowledge of basic arithmetic, fractions, and geometry (must be able to use a tape measure, effectively calculate measurements, etc.)
    • Familiarity with the warehouse environment and stocking practices
    • Be proactive: know in advance what you'll do once the current task is completed. We call this having a "What's Next?" attitude
    • Can use a computer for email and time cards at the very least
    • Strong work ethic, attentive, ready to learn, and committed to quality work
    • Lives a green lifestyle: daily practices reducing, reusing and recycling
    • Understand the basics of electrical safety including OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
    • Familiarity with the warehouse environment and truck inventory practices
    • Experience with WorkMax or any time card/time-tracking software
    • Having an OSHA-10 or OSHA-30 certification

      Sun Light & Power offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to:
      • Health- Sun Light & Power offers 8 different medical plans through Blue Shield and Kaiser.
      • Dental- Sun Light & Power covers 100% of Delta Dental Gold PPO.
      • Vision- Sun Light & Power covers 100% of the VSP Gold plan.
      • Long-term disability insurance: Sun Light & Power covers 100%.
      • FSA, HSA and Commuter program
      • 13 PTO days, 9 paid holidays
      • 2 paid days for volunteering
      • 401(k) retirement plan
      • $500 annual stipend for tuition
      • Company Stock - Sun Light & Power annually allocates 8% of our 1,000,000 issued shares of the company to ESOP Participants based on a formula considering the number of employees, employee's years of service and employee's total compensation. Shares are vested over a 6-year period.

        Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

        While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

        Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

        It is the policy of Sun Light & Power to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, military or veteran status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to: recruitment, selection, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, demotion, termination, etc.

Keywords: Sun Light & Power, Berkeley , PV Installer I/II, Professions , Berkeley, California

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