Solar Batteries Becoming Increasingly Common   

Here at Third Sun Solar we are finding that our residential customers are increasingly interested in purchasing battery storage with their solar energy system. Battery systems are valuable for many reasons. They provide peace of mind to individuals who experience frequent power outages. Especially in rural areas in Ohio, grid outages are common. Solar batteries help families regain control over their home lives by providing a source of power that doesn’t rely on the energy company.   

Is Your Grid Reliable?   

Some people don’t know that The National Electric Code mandates grid tied solar systems shut off during a power outage. Why? During a power outage, the power utility sends out repair crews to find and fix the points of failure. Power leaking onto the grid lines endangers linemen and women fixing the service issue. Therefore, utility rules mandate that in the event of a power outage, solar arrays must automatically shut down. Solar systems have detectors that sense whether power is coming across the grid. Solar systems automatically shut down when the grid fails. This is a done to protect utility workers.  

Because batteries store excess solar energy, they still function during a power outage.  

What are battery backup systems?   

Battery backup systems are a lot like they sound.  Batteries are used as an emergency power source during power outages.  Solar energy created from you array charges the batteries, then the batteries power your home.  These systems are generally not designed to backup whole house loads, but rather critical loads such as lighting, sump pumps, furnace blowers, refrigeration, etc.  Third Sun Solar installs battery backup solutions to for homeowners who request backup batteries in addition to a solar PV system.  

By design, solar battery systems provide backup power during grid failure. Solar batteries do not typically support nighttime loads.  

Maintenance   

Batteries are much like a car, if you park in the garage and never pay attention to it, it will not work when you need it.  Depending on the type of battery technology you choose, there may be some battery maintenance such as topping off fluid levels and equalizing the batteries (lead-acid batteries).  Other types of batteries, like lithium-ion batteries, require much less maintenance. Batteries need to cycle, this means that the power levels need to reach a low point to get charged to full again. Additionally, battery charge levels need observation both during use and while not in use. 

They level of attention your solar batteries will need depends on your choice of technology. Compared to lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries are virtually trouble free, however the inverters and communications systems will need modified as time goes on and new features become available 

A solar battery customer will have a higher level of engagement with their batteries than your typical solar homeowner. Maybe you have a technical mindset & are interested in being involved with the solar battery system.  If you’re interested in a hands off system, a generator may be a better choice to achieve your backup power goal. 

Why now?   

We are in a new era of solar energy storage. Lithium ion batteries are a wonderful technology and new innovations like the Tesla Powerwall are making their way into the market. Don’t forget- the 30% federal tax credit drops after 2019– and solar battery purchases count in this tax credit. 

For customers who experience frequent grid outages and want to regain control of their energy, batteries are a great solution. Comfort comes from knowing that you’ll have the power you need even when the grid is down. With a battery system, energy is reliably ready for you at any moment.   

Click here to get your FREE solar proposal. 

 

4 Reasons To Go Solar This Spring

The dreary Ohio winter is behind us. That means it’s the perfect time to think about solar for your roof! Take advantage of peak solar production months by choosing to go solar this spring.  

Many homeowners choose to get repairs done on their roofs or replace the whole roof in the springtime. Right after a roof repair or replacement is the best time for solar panel instillation. Why? Because you won’t have to worry about your solar panels outliving your roof.   

And while you’re thinking about springtime home improvement projects, remember: solar is an easy way to improve your utility bill! Take full advantage of the peak production months by reaching out today. 

1. Get a system in time to soak up the sun during peak solar production months  

Even though we’ve got a fantastic install team, if everyone buys solar at once, there can be delays. Spring is your chance to beat the rush!   

Here at Third Sun Solar we’re in the highest demand in the summertime. Why? Once those long days of sunlight are upon us, people remember why solar in Ohio works! Calling now is the best way to get scheduled to maximize peak production months.  

What is a peak production month?  

The longest day of the year is coming: June 21st The Spring equinox! This means that the days will be longer and will remain long into the summertime and fall. Peak production months are months with the most amount of peak sunlight hours. A peak sun hour is defined as an hour of sunlight that offers 1,000 watts of PV power per square meter. These peak hours occur when the sun is highest in the sky. The number of peak sun hours increases during the summer months.  In Ohio, our peak production months are May- October, when days are long and sunny.   

2. Get the paperwork over with  

Solar installations are a little more complicated than installing a new central AC unit. It’s important to allow time for the whole solar process.  From permitting with the utility company to the local municipality, we process a lot of paperwork before your solar system can go live. Because we’re often waiting on responses from energy retailers and utility companies, this process can take a while. It’s important to start planning early.  

3. Enjoy the summer without worrying about choosing a solar installer!  

What do you like to do in the summertime? You probably want to be relaxing, spending time away from work and with your family. Maybe you enjoy barbecuing, hiking or canoeing. You don’t want to be spending hours researching solar installers or on the phone with your utility company. Choosing your solar installer now guarantees that you won’t have to spend relaxing summer days researching!   

4. The FTC end this year  

Ensure that you purchase your solar energy system before the end of 2019 to qualify for the 30% Federal Tax Credit. This Solar Tax Credit allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of your solar system from your federal taxes.  Remember: the average homeowner will save approximately $1,000 more when they buy in 2019. In 2022 the tax credit drops permanently to 0% for homeowners.   

Who is eligible for the 30% Federal Tax Credit?   

  • Individuals and for-profit businesses in the U.S.   
  • Those that pay federal taxes  
  • Those who have purchased a new solar system and placed it in service prior to 2020.   

What costs are eligible?   

  • Solar panels  
  • Racking/Mounting equipment  
  • Inverters  
  • Balance of system (wire, conduit, junction boxes, etc)  
  • Installation labor  
  • Sales and use taxes  

 

A case could be made that anytime of the year is a good time for installing solar. BUT if you’re currently enjoying the rays of the sun, now is the right time! Give us a call today: 740-249-4533

 

 

Solar Design & Engineering Assistant

Is your current job not providing the challenge that you need? Want to work on a team that is mission aligned, pays you well and has lots of work?   

 

There is a position for you, if you are a Solar Design & Engineering Assistant and have interests in working on a mix of Residential, Government and Commercial projects.  

 

Benefits 

Here at Third Sun Solar, we believe that we are successful because of our people, and we’re proud to provide competitive compensation and benefits packages. We promote from within and are in an exciting, rapidly growing industry with many opportunities for training and advancement.  

 

Family Like Work Environment 

Though our headquarters is in Athens, Ohio, we are interested and eager to have individuals who are based all across the state join our team!

Third Sun Solar is a different kind of company, united by our mission to Accelerate the Shift to Clean Energy. We are a Certified B-Corp, operating with a triple bottom line commitment to people, planet andprofit. Our team works hard together, but also has fun and enjoys working and playing together. 

 

Why Us?  

We are the number one solar installer in Ohio (as ranked in the Solar Power World 2018 top 500). Google us – we’ve been in the business a long time and know what it’s like to run a successful company.  Get up to speed by following us on Facebook.  

 

The Job Description  

 

Summary:   

The Design Assistant is a member of the Operations Team. This position will be directed by the Design and Engineering Manager. All work will be complete in accordance with Third Sun Solar internal standards and practices, industry best practices and required  codes/standards.  

  1. Project Plan SetsPrepare project plan sets (and renderings) for permits and construction 
  2. Code Compliance/Best Practices:  Apply solar design principals, National Electric Code requirements, structural load analysis, and financial analysis on a daily basis 
  3. System Performance Modeling: Prepare performance models based on system designs.  
  4. Assist in interfacing with Operations Team, Sales Team, and Third Parties: Provide support to the Operations team during system design review, utility interconnection review and other code or permitting issues. 
  5. Assist in interfacing with Admin Team: Collaborate on the cost tool and accounting system. 
  6. Cost Estimating: Provide estimated costs of construction for solar projects based on bid/RFP requirements or internally prepared scopes of work.  Maintain historic database and library of subcontractor quotes, supplier pricing and Third Sun Solar labor production factors 
  7. Tools: Assist in developing, maintaining, and refining tools to perform Design and Engineering Team processes.  

 

Qualifications: 

 

  • Knowledge of or ability to learn CAD or other drafting programs 
  • Knowledge and experience with the National Electric Code. (NABCEP Installation Professional is preferred but not mandatory).  
  • Knowledge of building codes and good construction practices 
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, trigonometry, and their applications 
  • Experience in contracting or construction management preferred. 
  • Computer Skills:  Experience using one or more CRM software programs. Excellence in using Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and Word.  Experience using, refining, and developing proposal tools  
  • Knowledge and experience in designing and installing solar/PV or wind power systems preferred.  
  • Previous experience in solar design preferred, but not required.  
  • Creativity, both in design, form/function but also in problem solving and collaboration.  
  • Process oriented with an appreciation for efficiency, systems thinking and continuous improvement  
  • Customer service oriented and ability to work with a customer centered design approach.  
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to juggle multiple projects/tasks.  
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.  

 

Here’s the Good News 

Working somewhere now? We understand and will keep your inquiry confidential. If you’re curious and want to know more, we would be happy to answer any questions you have over the phone. 

 

What To Do Next  

 

P.S. This opportunity starts right away. So send over your information so we can get you on board, ASAP. 

 

 

 

 

Electrician Helper

Is your current job not providing the challenge that you need? Want to work on a team that is mission aligned, pays you well and has lots of work?   

 

There is a position for you, if you are a Electrician (or want to be!) and have interests in working on a mix of Residential, Government and Commercial solar projects.  

 Family Like Work Environment 

Though our headquarters is in Athens, Ohio, we are interested and eager to have individuals who are based all across the state join our team! We serve a wide geographic market in the Midwest and beyond, and have many virtual staff working from the road and remote offices.  

Third Sun Solar is a different kind of company, united by our mission to Accelerate the Shift to Clean Energy. We are a Certified B-Corp, operating with a triple bottom line commitment to people, planet andprofit. Our team works hard together, but also has fun and enjoys working and playing together. 

Benefits 

Here at Third Sun Solar, we believe that we are successful because of our people, and we’re proud to provide competitive compensation and benefits packages. We promote from within and are in an exciting, rapidly growing industry with many opportunities for training and advancement.  This position is full-time. 

 

Why Us?  

We are the number one solar installer in Ohio (as ranked in the Solar Power World 2018 top 500). Google us – we’ve been in the business a long time and know what it’s like to run a successful company.  Get up to speed by following us on Facebook.  

 

The Job Description  

 

Summary:   

Entry level position primarily responsible for assisting the Electrician with the installation of the electrical components of a Solar PV system.  Travel is required within Ohio and surrounding states. Full time – M-Th/F – 10 hour shifts typical.

  1. Installation: Work with the installation team to build solar electrical systems for residential and commercial customers. Assisting in installing conduit, mounting equipment, and wiring electrical components.  Connecting of the Solar PV systems into existing electrical systems and running data cable to set up monitoring systems.
  2. Management:  Required to manage tasks and work schedule.
  3. Communication: Working under the direction of the Project Managers and the Electrician, and in coordination with all members of the Third Sun Solar, LLC., team to ensure that all parties are communicated with and working toward our values.
  4. Physical:  Working on lifts, ladders, rooftops, and other hard to access areas.  Manual dexterity required for frequent reaching, climbing, and lifting of objects up to 75lbs.  You will also be required to operation power tools.  Ares of work could be in confined spaces, with variable weather, and variable heights.
  5. Safety: Required to wear all safety gear and perform all safety as required by the policies of Third Sun Solar, LLC.  It is also your responsibility to ensure that all vehicle safety is followed such as no distracted driving, and ensuring your assigned vehicle is clean and organized.

 

Qualifications: 

 

  • High School Diploma required
  • Construction and/or electrical experience preferred, but not required
  • Knowledge of working with and bending all sizes of metallic and PVC conduit
  • Ability to learn through training the National Electric Code and be able to apply it to electrical installations and service work
  • Basic computer proficiency, including the use of applications on a cell phone
  • Experience running data cable and working with monitoring systems, preferred
  • Must be willing and have the ability for 2 to 4 nights of weekly overnight travel
  • Must have the ability to qualify for a drug and alcohol-free work place policy including annual and random testing.
  • Ability to read, and analyze plan sets processes and procedures
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift up to 75lbs. frequently
  • They must be punctual and willing to work in a fast-paced environment

Here’s the Good News 

Working somewhere now? We understand and will keep your inquiry confidential. If you’re curious and want to know more, we would be happy to answer any questions you have over the phone. 

 

What To Do Next  

 

P.S. This opportunity starts right away. So send over your information so we can get you on board, ASAP. 

 

 

 

 

Electrician

Is your current job not providing the challenge that you need? Want to work on a team that is mission aligned, pays you well and has lots of work?   

 

There is a position for you, if you are a Electrician and have interests in working on a mix of Residential, Government and Commercial solar projects.  

 Family Like Work Environment 

Though our headquarters is in Athens, Ohio, we are interested and eager to have individuals who are based all across the state join our team! We serve a wide geographic market in the Midwest and beyond, and have many virtual staff working from the road and remote offices.  

Third Sun Solar is a different kind of company, united by our mission to Accelerate the Shift to Clean Energy. We are a Certified B-Corp, operating with a triple bottom line commitment to people, planet andprofit. Our team works hard together, but also has fun and enjoys working and playing together. 

Benefits 

Here at Third Sun Solar, we believe that we are successful because of our people, and we’re proud to provide competitive compensation and benefits packages. We promote from within and are in an exciting, rapidly growing industry with many opportunities for training and advancement.  This position is full-time. 

 

Why Us?  

We are the number one solar installer in Ohio (as ranked in the Solar Power World 2018 top 500). Google us – we’ve been in the business a long time and know what it’s like to run a successful company.  Get up to speed by following us on Facebook.  

 

The Job Description  

 

Summary:   

Primarily responsible for the installation of the electrical components of a Solar PV system.  Travel is required within Ohio and surrounding states. Full time – M-Th/F – 10 hour shifts typical.

  1. Installation: Work with the installation team to build solar electrical systems for residential and commercial customers. Installing conduit, mounting equipment, and wiring electrical components. Connecting of the Solar PV systems into existing electrical systems and running data cable to set up monitoring systems.
  2. Management: Required to manage tasks and work schedule.  Along with coordinating the installation work and inspections with local permitting authorities and utilities. May be required to oversee other members of the team in training of electrical installation.
  3. Communication: Working under the direction of the Project Managers, and in coordination with all members of the Third Sun Solar, LLC., team to ensure that all parties are communicated with and working toward our values.
  4. Physical: Working on lifts, ladders, rooftops, and other hard to access areas.  Manual dexterity required for frequent reaching, climbing, and lifting of objects up to 75lbs.  You will also be required to operation power tools.  Ares of work could be in confined spaces, with variable weather, and variable heights.
  5. Safety: Required to wear all safety gear and perform all safety as required by the policies of Third Sun Solar, LLC. It is also your responsibility to ensure that all vehicle safety is followed such as no distracted driving, and ensuring your assigned vehicle is clean and organized.

 

Qualifications: 

  • High School Diploma required
  • At least six to twelve months experience working on residential and commercial electrical systems
  • Proficiency working with and bending all sizes of metallic and PVC conduit
  • Understanding of the National Electric Code and applying it to electrical installations and service work
  • Experience trouble shooting electrical systems in a residential and commercial environment
  • Experience working with power generation systems
  • Experience with Solar Photovoltaics is a plus
  • Basic computer proficiency, including the use of applications on a cell phone
  • Experience running data cable and working with monitoring systems
  • Must be willing and have the ability for 2 to 4 nights of weekly overnight travel
  • Must have the ability to qualify for a drug and alcohol-free work place policy including annual and random testing.
  • Ability to read, and analyze plan sets processes and procedures
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift up to 75lbs. frequently
  • They must be punctual and willing to work in a fast-paced environment

Here’s the Good News 

Working somewhere now? We understand and will keep your inquiry confidential. If you’re curious and want to know more, we would be happy to answer any questions you have over the phone. 

 

What To Do Next  

 

P.S. This opportunity starts right away. So send over your information so we can get you on board, ASAP. 

 

 

 

 

Installation Technician

Is your current job not providing the challenge that you need? Want to work on a team that is mission aligned, pays you well and has lots of work?   

 

There is a position for you, if you are a Instillation Technician (or want to be!) and have interests in working on a mix of Residential, Government and Commercial solar projects.  

 Family Like Work Environment 

Though our headquarters is in Athens, Ohio, we are interested and eager to have individuals who are based all across the state join our team! We serve a wide geographic market in the Midwest and beyond, and have many virtual staff working from the road and remote offices.  

Third Sun Solar is a different kind of company, united by our mission to Accelerate the Shift to Clean Energy. We are a Certified B-Corp, operating with a triple bottom line commitment to people, planet andprofit. Our team works hard together, but also has fun and enjoys working and playing together. 

Benefits 

Here at Third Sun Solar, we believe that we are successful because of our people, and we’re proud to provide competitive compensation and benefits packages. We promote from within and are in an exciting, rapidly growing industry with many opportunities for training and advancement.  This position is full-time. 

 

Why Us?  

We are the number one solar installer in Ohio (as ranked in the Solar Power World 2018 top 500). Google us – we’ve been in the business a long time and know what it’s like to run a successful company.  Get up to speed by following us on Facebook.  

 

The Job Description  

 

Summary:   

Primarily responsible for the installation and service of the components of a Solar PV system.  Travel is required within Ohio and surrounding states. Full time – M-Th/F – 10 hour shifts typical.

  1. Installation: Work with other team members of the installation team to build solar electrical systems for residential and commercial customers. Installing solar panels and their components on roofs and ground mounted racking systems.
  2. Management:  Required to manage your time to ensure that you have safely and correctly completed the required work.
  3. Communication: Working under the direction of the Project Managers and Crew Lead Installation Technician, and in coordination with all members of the Third Sun Solar, LLC., team to ensure that all parties are communicated with and working toward our values.
  4. Physical:  Working on lifts, ladders, rooftops, and other hard to access areas.  Manual dexterity required for frequent reaching, climbing, and lifting of objects up to 75lbs.  You will also be required to operation power tools.  Ares of work could be in confined spaces, with variable weather, and variable heights.
  5. Safety: Required to wear all safety gear and perform all safety as required by the policies of Third Sun Solar, LLC.  It is also your responsibility to ensure that all vehicle safety is followed such as no distracted driving, and ensuring your assigned vehicle is clean and organized.

 

Qualifications: 

 

  • High School Diploma required
  • At least six to twelve months experience working with construction, renewable energy, and/or commercial or residential photovoltaics preferred, but at least six months to one year of experience in the construction field is required
  • Basic computer proficiency, including the use of applications on a cell phone
  • Must be willing and have the ability for 2 to 4 nights of weekly overnight travel
  • Must have the ability to qualify for a drug and alcohol-free work place policy including annual and random testing.
  • Ability to read, and analyze plan sets processes and procedures
  • Capacity to have strong customer communication & relationship building skills
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift up to 75lbs. frequently
  • They must be punctual and willing to work in a fast-paced environment

Here’s the Good News 

Working somewhere now? We understand and will keep your inquiry confidential. If you’re curious and want to know more, we would be happy to answer any questions you have over the phone. 

 

What To Do Next  

 

P.S. This opportunity starts right away. So send over your information so we can get you on board, ASAP. 

 

 

 

 

Crew Lead Installation Technician

Is your current job not providing the challenge that you need? Want to work on a team that is mission aligned, pays you well and has lots of work?   

 

There is a position for you, if you are a Crew Lead (and Instillation Technician) and have interests in working on a mix of Residential, Government and Commercial solar projects.  

 Family Like Work Environment 

Though our headquarters is in Athens, Ohio, we are interested and eager to have individuals who are based all across the state join our team! We serve a wide geographic market in the Midwest and beyond, and have many virtual staff working from the road and remote offices.  

Third Sun Solar is a different kind of company, united by our mission to Accelerate the Shift to Clean Energy. We are a Certified B-Corp, operating with a triple bottom line commitment to people, planet andprofit. Our team works hard together, but also has fun and enjoys working and playing together. 

Benefits 

Here at Third Sun Solar, we believe that we are successful because of our people, and we’re proud to provide competitive compensation and benefits packages. We promote from within and are in an exciting, rapidly growing industry with many opportunities for training and advancement.  This position is full-time. 

 

Why Us?  

We are the number one solar installer in Ohio (as ranked in the Solar Power World 2018 top 500). Google us – we’ve been in the business a long time and know what it’s like to run a successful company.  Get up to speed by following us on Facebook.  

 

The Job Description  

 

Summary:   

Primarily responsible for the leading of the installation crew and the installation and service of the components of a Solar PV system.  Travel is required within Ohio and surrounding states. Full time – M-Th/F – 10 hour shifts typical.

  1. Installation: Work with other team members of the installation team to build solar electrical systems for residential and commercial customers. Installing solar panels and their components on roofs and ground mounted racking systems.
  2. Management:  Required to manage your time and your installation teams time to ensure that all standard policies, practices, and guidelines are followed.  You will lead your team to ensure quality and efficiencies and provide guidance to your team during the installation process and as questions arise.
  3. Communication: Working under the direction of the Project Managers, and in coordination with all members of the Third Sun Solar, LLC., team to ensure that all parties are communicated with and working toward our values. Effective leadership communication is required.
  4. Physical:  Working on lifts, ladders, rooftops, and other hard to access areas.  Manual dexterity required for frequent reaching, climbing, and lifting of objects up to 75lbs.  You will also be required to operate power tools.  Ares of work could be in confined spaces, with variable weather, and variable heights.
  5. Safety: Required to wear all safety gear and perform all safety as required by the policies of Third Sun Solar, LLC.  It is also your responsibility to ensure that all vehicle safety is followed such as no distracted driving, and ensuring your assigned vehicle is clean and organized.

 

Qualifications: 

 

  • High School Diploma required
  • At least 1 year of experience in a leader/supervisory role of a construction team
  • At least 2 years of construction experience is required
  • Understanding the basic concepts of construction and renewable energy
  • Basic computer proficiency, including the use of applications on a cell phone
  • Must be willing and have the ability for 2 to 4 nights of weekly overnight travel
  • Must have the ability to qualify for a drug and alcohol-free work place policy including annual and random testing.
  • Ability to read, and analyze plan sets processes and procedures
  • Capacity to have strong customer communication & relationship building skills
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license & good driving record
  • Ability to lift up to 75lbs. frequently
  • They must be punctual and willing to work in a fast-paced environment

Here’s the Good News 

Working somewhere now? We understand and will keep your inquiry confidential. If you’re curious and want to know more, we would be happy to answer any questions you have over the phone. 

 

What To Do Next  

 

P.S. This opportunity starts right away. So send over your information so we can get you on board, ASAP.