Videos -- Workers in the Green Economy
Green Workers Discuss their Careers in Solar Energy
Careers in solar energy range from designing equipment to installing solar panels on the roofs of homes, to selling solar energy services to customers, to operating a thermal solar facility in the desert.
Don Bilinski works at Solar Universe, a solar electrical installation company located in the Tri-Valley Area. As a Journeyman Electrician, Bilinski enjoys using problem-solving math skills to connect solar panels into the existing electrical systems of homes throughout the Bay Area. He has to make sure that his work is in line with building codes and that the solar panels are functioning properly. He explains that his position requires being physically fit, working with electricity, and making roof installations.
Brian Eisenbise works for Solar Universe, a solar electrical installation company located in the Tri-Valley Area. As the Sun Advisor Team Manager and a Sales Representative, Eisenbise explains that his daily work schedule changes frequently. Most of his tasks require him to communicate directly with customers. He performs on-site solar surveys, including electrical, energy usage and a physical audit, and providing a quote to customers. He enjoys managing a team that offsets customers' energy bills. This position requires an ability to work a flexible schedule and great customer service skills.
Green Workers Discuss Their Energy Efficiency Careers
Careers in the energy efficiency sector range from the technical work of assessing the efficiency of buildings and making energy upgrades, to the managerial and sales work of offering and bringing energy efficiency services to customers. Below, two energy efficiency professionals talk about their work as Home Performance Specialist and Senior Tech Installer.
Alex Georgiou works at Recurve, a company that provides home energy audits and green energy remodeling services in the Bay Area. During an average day as a Home Performance Specialist, Georgio can expect to perform two energy audits. These audits include blower door tests and auditing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. Georgio monitors these tests using computer software, and uses the data he collects during the audit to help homeowners reduce their energy costs and make their homes more comfortable.
Eric Moran works for Sandium, a home performance heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) installation company, that is located in the South Bay Area. As a Senior Tech Installer with an emphasis in furnace installation and ductwork, Moran enjoys designing and installing a variety of HVAC systems. This position requires great physical stamina and a willingness to work longer hours.
In addition, many green jobs – especially clean tech—are jobs that “pay well and provide job security”, says Todd Larsen, Green America’s Director of Corporate Responsibility. These jobs require specialized skills and are secure since many of these jobs can’t be outsourced overseas. Furthermore, building a clean-energy economy is a chance to reinvigorate and reinvest in the best part of the American dream: the idea that everyone gets a chance to succeed: “By ensuring that every community has equal access to the new opportunities of the green economy, we can lift millions of people out of poverty", says Van Jones, Green Energy Expert and Founder of Greenforall.org.