Third Sun Solar Installs Ground-Mounted Solar Array at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

In the fall of 2020, Third Sun Solar installed a ground-mounted solar array as part of a larger microgrid installation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

From the beginning, Third Sun Solar worked closely with Worley and Claypool Electric to design and present a microgrid solution to the Columbus Zoo and American Electric Power (AEP). After many meetings and presentations, the group was a finalist and ultimately awarded this project through a competitive selection process.

A microgrid is a grouping of electrical loads that are normally connected to one grid but can also disconnect to an “island mode” where it functions independently. When on “island mode,” the microgrid at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be powered by solar and battery systems.

The 134.4 kW ground-mounted solar array, designed and installed by Third Sun Solar, provides power to the microgrid system. Worley contracted Third Sun Solar to construct and design the solar portion of the array. Worley designed and engineered the battery energy storage system, and Third Sun Solar partnered with Claypool Electric to build and install the entire system.
The ground-mounted solar array powers an extensive battery system behind the meter of the Polar Frontier complex. The energy from the solar panels is used in the batteries and helps to power a portion of the polar bear exhibit, and the entire system works like a backup generator, providing renewable energy when needed.

A Groundbreaking Project

AEP Ohio is a subsidiary of AEP and commissioned the microgrid project. The microgrid at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is the first of its kind for the company. The microgrid is a “demonstration” system that will allow AEP Ohio to monitor the applications and functions of a microgrid at this scale.

AEP Ohio will learn how independent, customer-sited, behind-the-meter microgrids can help the customer and the utility grid alike. In addition to AEP Ohio, utilities across the country will be eager to understand the value the microgrid provides.

Third Sun Solar is proud to be a partner in this innovative project, in collaboration with Claypool Electric, Worley, and AEP Ohio.

More about Third Sun Solar

Third Sun Solar is Ohio’s leading full-service solar installation company, providing top-quality design and installation since 2000, serving residential and commercial clients in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and beyond.

More about Worley

WorleyParsons Limited, branded as Worley after completing Jacobs’ Energy, Chemicals & Resources division, is an engineering company that provides project delivery and consulting services to the resources and energy sectors and complex process industries.

More about Claypool Electric

Claypool Electric, Inc. is the preferred provider of electrical and communications infrastructure projects in Central Ohio. Family-owned since 1954, they have maintained a reputation for excellence in the craft and integrity in dealings.

Energy Efficiency Home

Energy Efficiency Home Maintenance Calendar 

Having an energy-efficient home means you are using less energy to do the same jobs. Using less energy is better for the environment and better for our wallets.    

Like a regular check-up for your health, maintaining a home maintenance routine is essential for every house’s upkeep. Our Home Maintenance Calendar has an energy efficiency focus.   

If you plan to go solar eventually, there is an added benefit in greening your home before going solar.  

If you already have solar, completing additional energy efficiency measures can help you maximize your solar system and increase your return on investment!   

Spring  

 

  • Change your air conditioner filter – a dirty air filter causes the blower fan in the HVAC system to work harder to push air through. When it’s working harder, it’s drawing more energy, leading to higher bills. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%!  
  • Trim trees – If your property has any trees, have them inspected by a certified arborist, who can check for signs of illness or any dead branches and catch problems before they escalate and kill a tree. If you have a solar energy system, identify limbs that may be shading your solar array. Plan to have those limbs cut back.  
  • Check for signs of critters nesting around your solar panels – Neighborhood animals are prone to nesting underneath roof-mounted solar panels. Many of our customers avoid the issue with the use of critter guards. If you don’t have critter guards surrounding your solar panels, you’ll want to check for any signs of life that may pose a threat to the solar array.  
  • Get your clothesline ready – air drying your clothes in the sun adds nothing to your utility bill!  

Summer   

 

  • Have air conditioner checked and servicedRegular A/C maintenance can extend your unit’s life and may reduce the need for costly A/C repairs. And, resist setting the air conditioner thermostat lower than usual to cool your house quickly
  • Switch out faucet aerators – for low flow to reduce summertime water usage.
  • Clean your solar panels (only if needed!) – solar panels that are clean ensure solar installations generate optimal electricity. All panels are designed for minimal maintenance; however, dust, pollen, leaves, and other contaminants often find their way onto the panel and soil the surface. For complete instructions, click here.   

Fall  

 

  • Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping; replace if necessary.  
  • Swap old, drafty windows for more energy-efficient models 
  • Schedule an HVAC inspection in early fall before the heating season begins.  
  • Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages.  
  • Swap lightbulbs for LEDs – Heading into shorter daylight hours means you’ll be using the lights in your home even more. LED bulbs to use about 75%–80% less energy than traditional bulbs. Changing out 5 of your most frequently used bulbs for LEDs could save you up to $75 annually.    
  • Consider new attic insulation for the wintertime – If you have an unfinished attic, consider adding insulation. Adding insulation is the most accessible place to reduce your energy costs. To judge whether you need more insulation in your attic, measure the thickness of the insulation there. If it’s less than 6 inches of fiberglass or 5 inches of loose cellulose, it’s time to add more!   

 Winter   

 

  • Add a hot water blanket to your water heater – insulating a water heater that is warm to the touch can save you 7 – 16% on your water heating bill annually!   
  • Add an attic staircase cover – In many homes, poorly insulated and leaky attic access stairs provide an opportunity to improve comfort and save energy and money. You can air seal and insulate the attic stairs opening by building your own insulated cover box or purchasing a kit or pre-built package.   
  • Add a few energy-saving power strips   
  • Slow the escape of heat through glass windows – hang insulating curtains or draperies in front of windows to reduce the heat loss, especially at night   
  • Prepare for a storm – Consider solar battery backup if your home is prone to power outages or if you have critical appliances that need electricity in the event of a grid failure.   

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Third Sun Solar Athens Ohio Headquarters

Leadership Transition Announcements

If we’ve learned anything over the years — it’s to embrace change.  

Change is inevitable.  

As springtime sets in, we’re reminded how much change we see every year. Trees start to bud, bulbs that have been sleeping under the surface come to flower, gardeners start planting in their gardens 

In the solar installation worldspringtime means more calls from homeowners who see the long daylight hours and are reminded of their solar energy ambitions.  

This Spring Third Sun Solar is experiencing not just the normal changes that the season brings, but some new ones too!  

This month longtime CEO and co-founder Michelle Greenfield is transitioning out of her position as CEO and moving to her new role as part time operator and co-owner.  

We’ve always been inspired by Michelle for being a change-maker.  

In addition to co-owning and managing Third Sun Solar for over 20 years, Michelle served on the board of Green Energy Ohio for 11 years and was the president for 2 of those. She helped organize and  is a current Board Member of the Clean Energy Credit Unionwhich has quickly grown to be $20 million credit union with over 3000 members across the country. She initiated and executed the certification process for Third Sun Solar to become the 3rd Certified BCorporation (BCorp) in Ohio in 2012. As you can imagine, the list goes on… 

And for other folks at the company – we’re proud to see them continue their growth path into new roles 

Company Founder and Co-owner Geoff Greenfield has always been known internally as our Chief Visionary Officer. We are excited to see his visionary spirit guide the company in his new title of CEO.  

We’re ALSO pleased to announce that our Controller and General Manager Roberta Washburn now moves into the position of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she will help guide the company alongside Geoff.  

“The solar energy industry is heating up,” Roberta says, “Between infrastructure change, job growth, and shifting economies, there is a lot of work to be done. As the industry continues to rise, so will Third Sun Solar. Expect to see more of us in more places around the region soon.”  

Congratulations to Michelle on her new chapter, and to our new Executive Leadership Team 

We know that there is BIG growth and change on the horizon. And Third Sun Solar is ready.  

Residential Solar Consultant, Columbus

About the Business

At Third Sun Solar, we are here to serve by creating business as a force for good and making the planet a better place. Our teams are serving our customers, each other, the community, and stakeholders, which ultimately shows in the genuine pride our team takes in delivering the very best solar solutions.

We are reliable. Our team is filled with dependable, honest, and reliable people. We keep our promises and strive to do it right the first time.

Our team is driven. We are passionate about solar, and that shows in every project that the Third Sun Solar team completes. The team does what it takes to ensure the finest system and the best customer experience, and we take pride in our dedication in doing things right.

Third Sun Solar values growth. We have been in business for over twenty years and we have a bright future ahead. Our hunger for knowledge and continuous improvement keeps us at the top of our ever-evolving industry. Our staff are on the pulse of cutting-edge solar advancements. We strive for greatness and are not satisfied with the status quo.

Not only do we operate our team with a clear mission and values, we are a certified B Corporation. That means we operate with a triple bottom line commitment to people (our employees and their families, our clients and residents of the communities where we do business), the planet (we appreciate the wonders of nature and believe that a habitable plant is worth fighting for), and profit (generating capital to keep increasing our impact and revenue to share among our team and partners).

We are a talented team of electricians, crew, project managers, engineers, finance, supply chain, permitting, and veteran community members, who are all excited about crafting beautiful solar systems to enable our communities to power their lives with clean energy.

Third Sun Solar is committed to providing our staff with competitive wages, health care benefits, travel expenses, paid holidays, vacation, and a caring, flexible, vision and value-oriented work environment.

Are you interested in joining an established team? We are hiring a Residential Solar Consultant for the Columbus, Ohio region.

 

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Residential Solar Consultant will be part of the Growth Team.  They will build strong relationships with homeowners and strive to exceed customer expectations in a no-pressure consultative process.  Actively identify and pursue their own leads in addition to receiving leads from the company.  Evaluate customer needs and goals, address customer’s questions and concerns, and then develop solar electric solutions that are optimized for each customer using an automated design and proposal tool.  In this position, you are required to spend much of your time traveling to and visiting with prospective customers in their homes, and being the primary external representative of the company, in which a sense of expertise in services and capabilities offered.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Culture and Values Cultivation: Works to nurture the created culture of success, and the execution of a purpose-driven and values-based organizational culture. Executes the clear vision set forth and is accountable for the results of your work in adherence to policy and processes.
  • Sales and Revenue: Produce sales/revenue through prospecting, lead generation, and referrals. Create proposals and answer requests for proposals. Provide market intel and attend networking events. Primary sales will be in the residential space.
  • Business Development: Prospect and qualify self-generated leads, which includes a full life cycle business development from lead generation to referral network. This includes attending networking events to promote Third Sun Solar and generate new leads.
  • Technical: Utilize Third Sun Solar and industry tools to generate project proposals/quotes for customers, by using additional tools to analyze customer’s current and projected electrical usage and calculate financial return on investment and economic payback. In some cases, work with the Director of Sales and Marketing, Design Engineer, Project Manager, or other members of the Operations Team as needed to create a system for a customer’s needs.
  • Software: Maintain prospects/projects in Salesforce or similar CRM

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of a proven track record of consumer sales experience, in home preferred
  • “Kitchen Table” closing experience highly preferred
  • Strong track record of full cycle business development
  • Hunter mentality with the ability to excel at self-generating leads and winning new business
  • Demonstrated ability to meet and exceed monthly sales targets
  • Strong track record of achievement as evidenced by sales awards, beating quota, building a new book of business or growing a market, etc.
  • Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office and Excel.  CRM experience a plus
  • Desire to stay on the leading edge of the solar and renewable energies industry
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Electrical, construction, and roofing experience is not required, but success will require developing a working knowledge and aptitude in these areas
  • Entry-level solar certificate or certification from a nationally accredited solar training provider required within six months of employment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, and governmental regulations
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

Work Location

  • Columbus, Ohio

Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • IRA Retirement Account

To Apply

If you’re interested in learning more about working with us, please send us an email letting us know what you are great at and why we would be better with you on our team:  Careers@ThirdSunSolar.com

Third Sun Solar is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

Commercial Solar Consultant

About the Business

At Third Sun Solar, we are here to serve by creating business as a force for good and making the planet a better place. Our teams are serving our customers, each other, the community, and stakeholders, which ultimately shows in the genuine pride our team takes in delivering the very best solar solutions.

We are reliable. Our team is filled with dependable, honest, and reliable people. We keep our promises and strive to do it right the first time.

Our team is driven. We are passionate about solar, and that shows in every project that the Third Sun Solar team completes. The team does what it takes to ensure the finest system and the best customer experience, and we take pride in our dedication in doing things right.

Third Sun Solar values growth. We have been in business for over twenty years and we have a bright future ahead. Our hunger for knowledge and continuous improvement keeps us at the top of our ever-evolving industry. Our staff are on the pulse of cutting-edge solar advancements. We strive for greatness and are not satisfied with the status quo.

Not only do we operate our team with a clear mission and values, we are a certified B Corporation. That means we operate with a triple bottom line commitment to people (our employees and their families, our clients and residents of the communities where we do business), the planet (we appreciate the wonders of nature and believe that a habitable plant is worth fighting for), and profit (generating capital to keep increasing our impact and revenue to share among our team and partners).

We are a talented team of electricians, crew, project managers, engineers, finance, supply chain, permitting, and veteran community members, who are all excited about crafting beautiful solar systems to enable our communities to power their lives with clean energy.

Third Sun Solar is committed to providing our staff with competitive wages, health care benefits, travel expenses, paid holidays, vacation, and a caring, flexible, vision and value-oriented work environment.

Are you interested in joining an established team? We are hiring a Commercial Solar Consultant for the Ohio region.

 

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Commercial Solar Consultant will be part of the Growth Team. They will build strong relationships with commercial businesses and strive to exceed customer expectations in a no-pressure consultative process. Actively identify and pursue their own leads in addition to receiving leads from the company. Evaluate customer needs and goals, address customer’s questions and concerns, and then develop solar electric solutions that are optimized for each customer using an automated design and proposal tool. In this position, you are required to spend much of your time traveling to and visiting with prospective customers at their business locations, and being the primary external representative of the company, in which a sense of expertise in services and capabilities offered.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Culture and Values Cultivation: Works to nurture the created culture of success, and the execution of a purpose-driven and values-based organizational culture. Executes the clear vision set forth and is accountable for the results of your work in adherence to policy and processes.
  • Sales and Revenue: Produce sales/revenue through prospecting, lead generation, and referrals. Create proposals and answer requests for proposals. Provide market intel and attend networking events. Primary sales will be in the commercial space.
  • Business Development: Prospect and qualify self-generated leads, which includes a full life cycle business development from lead generation to referral network. This includes attending networking events to promote Third Sun Solar and generate new leads.
  • Technical: Utilize Third Sun Solar and industry tools to generate project proposals/quotes for customers, by using additional tools to analyze customer’s current and projected electrical usage and calculate financial return on investment and economic payback. In some cases, work with the Director of Sales and Marketing, Design Engineer, Project Manager, or other members of the Operations Team to design the commercial solar system and produce the quote and proposal.
  • Software: Maintain prospects/projects in Salesforce or similar CRM

Job Qualifications

  • • Minimum of two years of a proven track record of B2B sales experience, in a commercial setting, preferred
    • Proven track record in selling residential and commercial solar
    • Experience in closing highly competitive commercial sales in a business setting
    • Strong track record of full cycle business development
    • Hunter mentality with the ability to excel at self-generating leads and winning new business
    • Demonstrated ability to meet and exceed monthly sales targets
    • Strong track record of achievement as evidenced by sales awards, beating quota, building a new book of business or growing a market, etc.
    • Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, and CRM
    • Desire to stay on the leading edge of the solar and renewable energies industry
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Electrical, construction, and roofing experience is not required, but success will require developing a working knowledge and aptitude in these areas
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • NABCEP PV Technical Sales Board Certification required within six months of employment
    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, and governmental regulations
    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

Work Location

  • Remote

Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • IRA Retirement Account

To Apply

If you’re interested in learning more about working with us, please send us an email letting us know what you are great at and why we would be better with you on our team:  Careers@ThirdSunSolar.com

Third Sun Solar is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

Women In Solar – Celebrating Women’s History Month

Third Sun Solar’s third hire was Cathy Gielty.   

In 2004 Cathy was living in an off-grid cabin in eastern Ohio. She had a background in environmental sciences, education, and an ethos to use less.  

When she applied to Third Sun Solar, so much of her background, education, mission, and values were in sync with the way Third Sun wanted to operate and grow. At that time, we knew that hiring mission-aligned allies would serve us well over time.   

And we weren’t wrong. Sixteen years later, Cathy remains the longest-standing employee at Third Sun Solar.   

She’s a dedicated Compliance & Accounting Manager and knows the company’s systems’ ins and outs better than most.     

Like Cathy, folks employed by Third Sun Solar share our core values of service, drive, reliability, and growth. Cathy is just one of many women at Third Sun Solar.  

March is Women’s history month, and this month we have been celebrating the Women in Solar here at Third Sun Solar, who are creating history in their roles in the solar revolution.   

And we aren’t just going to call out Cathy (even though Cathy is fantastic).   

Cheers to Women in Solar!  

Believe it or not – in the solar space, women are vastly underrepresented! According to the 2019 Solar Foundation’s Solar Census, women in solar makeup 26% of the workforce, compared to the US workforce overall, where they represent 47%    

And when you look closely, women often make up even less of the engineering, design, and installation teams in solar companies.   

We want to highlight our women in solar. Maybe they can serve as role models for young women interested in entering solar STEM or a technical career!   

Michelle Greenfield – Co-Founder and Owner/Operator   

For the past 20 years, Third Sun Solar founder and CEO Michelle Greenfield contributed tirelessly to solar advancement. These contributions include the increased participation & contributions of women in the solar field. Her leadership can be seen in many areas, as a contractor, policy advocate, and educator. Over the years, Michelle’s leadership has had a ripple effect. Her work has opened doors and driven female participation across the industry.     

This year Michelle was recognized as a top 100 Women Leaders – Real Women in Impact.   

As Michelle reflects on “building the architecture of the solar coaster,” – check out this video that covers a lot of that history – milestones, lessons learned, and how the solar field has developed in Ohio.   

Kathryn – Solar Assistant Designer   

Assistant Solar Designer, Kathryn Biggler. She’s a whiz at designing residential solar systems & is a Tesla Powerwall Pro.   

When Third Sun Solar become a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer in 2019 – Kathryn made it her mission to understand the ins and outs of this exciting, complicated, brand new technology. She knew this was important for the service of our customers and the service of other team members.  

Now anyone with a question about Tesla Powerwall (or solar batteries anything) comes straight to Kathryn.   

Jamey –  Solar Consultant 

Jamey’s 13 years of experience with Third Sun Solar qualifies her to answer any solar question you may have. She has had the pleasure of helping over 350 homeowners install solar while continuing to assist individuals daily in their solar journey.  

What motivates Jamey: knowing that her job is positively contributing to our green energy future 

“I love EARTH. Green, deciduous forest, cave, flora and fauna, waterfall, pond, bug, and animal earth. This is home. The place all living things share & the gift I feel compelled by a force beyond myself to protect. When Third Sun Solar advertised for an office administrator position 11 years ago, I jumped at the chance to apply.” Jamey says, “I saw this as an opportunity to create a career that aligned with my personal values. At the time, I knew nothing about solar except that solar was green and cool. But, I liked the way solar panels looked.”  

Not everyone comes to Jamey liking the way solar panels look, but at this point, she can make them look good to just about everyone.   

Find more of our women in solar this month on our social media pages. We’ll introduce you to more inspiring women. We hope you’ll follow along!   

 

Interested in getting in touch? Fill out the form below and we’ll give you a call.

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Estimator, Electrical Solar PV

About the Business

At Third Sun Solar, we are here to serve by creating business as a force for good and making the planet a better place. Our teams are serving our customers, each other, the community, and stakeholders, which ultimately shows in the genuine pride our team takes in delivering the very best solar solutions.

We are reliable. Our team is filled with dependable, honest, and reliable people. We keep our promises and strive to do it right the first time.

Our team is driven. We are passionate about solar, and that shows in every project that the Third Sun Solar team completes. The team does what it takes to ensure the finest system and the best customer experience, and we take pride in our dedication in doing things right.

Third Sun Solar values growth. We have been in business for over twenty years and we have a bright future ahead. Our hunger for knowledge and continuous improvement keeps us at the top of our ever-evolving industry. Our staff are on the pulse of cutting-edge solar advancements. We strive for greatness and are not satisfied with the status quo.

Not only do we operate our team with a clear mission and values, we are a certified B Corporation. That means we operate with a triple bottom line commitment to people (our employees and their families, our clients and residents of the communities where we do business), the planet (we appreciate the wonders of nature and believe that a habitable plant is worth fighting for), and profit (generating capital to keep increasing our impact and revenue to share among our team and partners).

We are a talented team of electricians, crew, project managers, engineers, finance, supply chain, permitting, and veteran community members, who are all excited about crafting beautiful solar systems to enable our communities to power their lives with clean energy.

Third Sun Solar is committed to providing our staff with competitive wages, health care benefits, travel expenses, paid holidays, vacation, and a caring, flexible, vision, and value-oriented work environment.

Are you interested in joining an established team? We are hiring an Estimator, Electrical Solar PV for our Athens, Ohio office.

 

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Estimator, Electrical Solar PV is a member of the Design and Engineering Team within the Operations Team, working closely with the growth team, and supports all efforts of the team as directed by the Design and Engineering Manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Culture and Values Cultivation: Works to nurture the created culture of success, and the execution of a purpose-driven and values based organization. Executes the clear vision set forth and is accountable for the results of your work in adherence to policy and processes
  • Project 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 by task.  Be able to analyze previous budgets and costs, to utilize them in the quoting process of new projects that are either in request for proposal state of development or already contracted.  Works with the Design and Engineering Manager for approval on estimations.  Delivers estimates to the sales team
  • Project Plan Sets: Prepare conceptual or one line project plan sets to support the estimating of construction costs and project estimations, along with a bill of material for each quoted project
  • Code Compliance/Best Practices:  Apply solar design principles, National Electric Code requirements, structural load analysis, and financial analysis on a daily basis
  • System Performance Modeling: Prepare performance models based on system designs in accordance with Third Sun Solar internal standards and practices
  • Assist in interfacing with Operations Team, Growth Team, and Third Parties: Provide support to the Operations and Growth team during system design review, quoting, and procurement of materials
  • Assist in interfacing with Finance Team: Collaborate as needed on the interface between cost tool and accounting system, as well as product details and the procurement process
  • Tools: Assist in developing, maintaining, and refining tools to perform Design and Engineering Team processes, including residential, commercial, and service quote generators, planset design calculations, and others as needed

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equitable work experience
  • Previous experience in solar design a plus and electrical estimating in a commercial and residential setting is required
  • Proven Auto Cad experience in a commercial and residential setting a plus
  • Ability to read, interpret, and understand contracts and request for proposals to provide accurate estimating
  • Ability to create a bill of materials
  • Knowledge and experience with the National Electric Code
  • Knowledge of building codes and good construction practices
  • Experience in contracting or construction management
  • 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.
  • Computer Skills:  Experience using one or more Project Management software programs. Excellence in using Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and Word.  Experience using, refining, and developing proposal tools
  • NABCEP Installation Professional, ASPE, ICEAA, AACE, or professional engineering license preferred, but not mandatory

Work Location

  • Athens, Ohio

Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • IRA Retirement Account

To Apply

If you’re interested in learning more about working with us, please send us an email letting us know what you are great at and why we would be better with you on our team:  Careers@ThirdSunSolar.com

Third Sun Solar is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

Third Sun Solar Director of Finance

Director of Finance

About the Business

At Third Sun Solar, we are here to serve by creating business as a force for good and making the planet a better place. Our teams are serving our customers, each other, the community, and stakeholders, which ultimately shows in the genuine pride our team takes in delivering the very best solar solutions.

We are reliable. Our team is filled with dependable, honest, and reliable people. We keep our promises and strive to do it right the first time.

Our team is driven. We are passionate about solar, and that shows in every project that the Third Sun Solar team completes. The team does what it takes to ensure the finest system and the best customer experience, and we take pride in our dedication in doing things right.

Third Sun Solar values growth. We have been in business for over twenty years and we have a bright future ahead. Our hunger for knowledge and continuous improvement keeps us at the top of our ever-evolving industry. Our staff are on the pulse of cutting-edge solar advancements. We strive for greatness and are not satisfied with the status quo.

Not only do we operate our team with a clear mission and values, we are a certified B Corporation. That means we operate with a triple bottom line commitment to people (our employees and their families, our clients and residents of the communities where we do business), the planet (we appreciate the wonders of nature and believe that a habitable plant is worth fighting for), and profit (generating capital to keep increasing our impact and revenue to share among our team and partners).

We are a talented team of electricians, crew, project managers, engineers, finance, supply chain, permitting, and veteran community members, who are all excited about crafting beautiful solar systems to enable our communities to power their lives with clean energy.

Third Sun Solar is committed to providing our staff with competitive wages, health care benefits, travel expenses, paid holidays, vacation, and a caring, flexible, vision and value-oriented work environment.

Are you interested in joining an established team? We are hiring a Director of Finance for our Athens, Ohio office.

 

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Director of Finance is a member of the Leadership Team and reports directly to the COO. The Director of Finance is charged with implementing the vision set by owners and the leadership team based on a triple bottom line approach balancing people, planet, and profit. The Director of Finance will formulate the company’s tactical planning to achieve the objectives of the business plan with the aim of maximizing both short term and long- term return and minimizing risk for the company. The Director of Finance directs financial activities of the organization by performing the following duties personally or through others in the Finance Department.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Culture and Values Cultivation: As part of the Leadership Team, create and improve a purpose-driven and values-based organizational culture that attracts, retains, and motivates high-performing employees.
  • Finance Staff Management: Leads, manages and holds accountable the Finance team. Determines the needs of the department. Oversees all Accounts Receivable/Billing/Collections and manages Accounts Payable, either by self or employees.
  • Financial Management: Establishes, or recommends to management, major corporate economic and financial strategies, objectives, and policies for the company. Recommends modifications to existing corporate programs, company policies, and procedures. Maintain current knowledge of accounting standards in the company’s industry as well as federal and state laws. Analysis of past, present, and future financials to determine changes and improvements in efficiencies, operations, and activities.
  • Payroll and HR: Oversees weekly payroll and is the primary liaison with the payroll company. Conducts HR-related tasks such as tracking PTO, benefits, onboarding and terminations, company property allocations, employee relations events, documentation of personnel policies, employee review schedules, and review execution, etc. Maintaining of Safety and Handbook policies. Handles safety reporting.
  • Reporting: Prepares reports which summarize and forecast company business activity and financial position in areas of income, expenses, and earnings based on past, present, and expected operations. This reporting also includes reporting on financial scorecard (key performance indicators)
  • Financial Statement Activity: Provides management with timely organizational financial statements and updates on progress in its various programs and activities. This includes weekly cash flow status, monthly financial closings, budgeted vs. actual reporting, quarterly activity summaries, and annual financial preparations. Close books at period ends, as determined by management. Arranges for audits of company’s accounts, and acts as a liaison with the company’s accounting firm in needed areas such as annual financial audit or review and tax preparation.
  • Taxes: Prepares and remits all necessary taxes and returns, including payroll withholding, sales tax, use tax, and other regular federal, state, and local taxes as needed.
  • Asset/Liability Management: Prepares and monitors ongoing schedules of assets, debts, installments, and depreciation. Including record keeping of all company technology assets, vehicles, and company-owned tools and equipment. Asset management also includes inventory and software associated with the business
  • Insurances: Advises management about insurance coverage for protection against property losses and potential liabilities and acts as a liaison with insurance companies. Secures bonds as needed for contractor work, bids, etc.
  • Banking and Treasury Management: Establishes and maintains relations with banks and other financial institutions. Prepares applications, reports, and documents related to accounts and loans. Receives cash and check payments and makes deposits.
  • Internal Controls: Develop internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash and credit management, accounting software guidelines, inventory guidelines and best practices, and accounting practices.
  • Strategic Planning: Confers with owners, employees at every level, and executive team to plan business objectives, to develop organizational policies, to coordinate functions and operations between divisions and departments, and to establish responsibilities and procedures for attaining objectives.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, or accounting.  A minimum of 10 or more years of experience
  • Experience in Job Cost accounting in the construction industry or manufacturing industry
  • Experience in AIA billings, retainage construction liens and other standard paperwork in construction contracting
  • Experience in Human Resource Management is required
  • Tax: Understanding the experience in sales and use tax laws regarding construction and real property for the states that the company works in.  Experience in contracting with and directing CPA and other financial consultants on corporate financials and tax
  • Computer Skills: Experience using one or more Accounting Software programs, especially construction or manufacturing job costing software.  Excellence in using Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and Word
  • Has the ability to provide internal and external customer service in accordance with the culture and values of the company
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts and advanced reasoning abilities to problems and data and leadership
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Math Ability: Basic math skills for addition subtraction, division, multiplication.  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Accounting and financial management abilities, calculation of ratios, advanced spreadsheet creation and analysis

Work Location

  • Athens, Ohio

Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • IRA Retirement Account

To Apply

If you’re interested in learning more about working with us, please send us an email letting us know what you are great at and why we would be better with you on our team:  Careers@ThirdSunSolar.com

Third Sun Solar is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

Third Sun Solar Staff - Kathryn

Residential Project Assistant Manager

About the Business

At Third Sun Solar, we are here to serve by creating business as a force for good and making the planet a better place. Our teams are serving our customers, each other, the community, and stakeholders, which ultimately shows in the genuine pride our team takes in delivering the very best solar solutions.

We are reliable. Our team is filled with dependable, honest, and reliable people. We keep our promises and strive to do it right the first time.

Our team is driven. We are passionate about solar, and that shows in every project that the Third Sun Solar team completes. The team does what it takes to ensure the finest system and the best customer experience, and we take pride in our dedication in doing things right.

Third Sun Solar values growth. We have been in business for over twenty years and we have a bright future ahead. Our hunger for knowledge and continuous improvement keeps us at the top of our ever-evolving industry. Our staff are on the pulse of cutting-edge solar advancements. We strive for greatness and are not satisfied with the status quo.

Not only do we operate our team with a clear mission and values, we are a certified B Corporation. That means we operate with a triple bottom line commitment to people (our employees and their families, our clients and residents of the communities where we do business), the planet (we appreciate the wonders of nature and believe that a habitable plant is worth fighting for), and profit (generating capital to keep increasing our impact and revenue to share among our team and partners).

We are a talented team of electricians, crew, project managers, engineers, finance, supply chain, permitting, and veteran community members, who are all excited about crafting beautiful solar systems to enable our communities to power their lives with clean energy.

Third Sun Solar is committed to providing our staff with competitive wages, health care benefits, travel expenses, paid holidays, vacation, and a caring, flexible, vision and value-oriented work environment.

Are you interested in joining an established team? We are hiring a Residential Project Assistant Manager for our Athens, Ohio office.

 

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Residential Project Assistant Manager will be part of the Operations Team and will manage small residential projects from inception through installation and commissioning of Solar PV System.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Nurtures the created culture of success and execution of a purpose-driven and values-based organization to successfully lead, manage, and be accountable for company projects
  • Project Manages the successful installation of small residential projects
  • Coordinates with operational units to ensure plan sets, permits, materials, installation crew, electricians, utilities, permitting agencies, subcontractors, and customers are ready for each install
  • Creates bill of materials for each job and provides to procurement team
  • Works with engineering to ensure that plan sets are accurate and delivered in the timeframe that allows for permitting and material ordering
  • Ensures that all inspections are successfully completed, customers system is commissioned, and working as deemed in the customer contract
  • Ensures that all projects are completed utilizing Third Sun Solar’s Safety policy and procedures
  • Delivers white glove treatment to all customers promoting the highest level of quality with customers, employees, vendors, and community
  • Reports against Key performance Indicators and metrics that are set forth to measure
  • Accountable for maintaining a profitable operation that results in meeting the target budgets of each project, by reviewing each project you are assigned on an ongoing basis and making necessary adjustments
  • Works with many of the company’s computer software such as project management, Auto Cad, and the full Microsoft Suite

Job Qualifications

  • Associates Degree, certificate in construction, or solar preferred
  • Experience in solar, construction, or an engineering related industry
  • Previous project management experience in a construction or solar environment
  • Be able to work in a flexible, “roll up your sleeves” and dynamic work environment
  • Computer Skills: Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Suite and experience using Project Management Software that includes the usage of Gantt charts, and Auto Cad
  • Has the ability to provide internal and external customer service in accordance with the culture and values of the company
  • Experience reading blueprints
  • The ability to provide construction costs and times estimating to commercial and residential projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts and advanced reasoning abilities to problems and data and leadership

Work Location

  • Athens, Ohio

Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • IRA Retirement Account

To Apply

If you’re interested in learning more about working with us, please send us an email letting us know what you are great at and why we would be better with you on our team:  Careers@ThirdSunSolar.com

Third Sun Solar is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

Commercial Solar installation in Ohio

Commercial Project Manager

About the Business

At Third Sun Solar, we are here to serve by creating business as a force for good and making the planet a better place. Our teams are serving our customers, each other, the community, and stakeholders, which ultimately shows in the genuine pride our team takes in delivering the very best solar solutions.

We are reliable. Our team is filled with dependable, honest, and reliable people. We keep our promises and strive to do it right the first time.

Our team is driven. We are passionate about solar, and that shows in every project that the Third Sun Solar team completes. The team does what it takes to ensure the finest system and the best customer experience, and we take pride in our dedication in doing things right.

Third Sun Solar values growth. We have been in business for over twenty years and we have a bright future ahead. Our hunger for knowledge and continuous improvement keeps us at the top of our ever-evolving industry. Our staff are on the pulse of cutting-edge solar advancements. We strive for greatness and are not satisfied with the status quo.

Not only do we operate our team with a clear mission and values, we are a certified B Corporation. That means we operate with a triple bottom line commitment to people (our employees and their families, our clients and residents of the communities where we do business), the planet (we appreciate the wonders of nature and believe that a habitable plant is worth fighting for), and profit (generating capital to keep increasing our impact and revenue to share among our team and partners).

We are a talented team of electricians, crew, project managers, engineers, finance, supply chain, permitting, and veteran community members, who are all excited about crafting beautiful solar systems to enable our communities to power their lives with clean energy.

Third Sun Solar is committed to providing our staff with competitive wages, health care benefits, travel expenses, paid holidays, vacation, and a caring, flexible, vision and value-oriented work environment.

Are you interested in joining an established team? We are hiring a Commercial Project Manager for our Athens, Ohio office.

 

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Commercial Project Manager will be part of the Operations Team and will manage commercial projects from large to small scale from inception through installation and commissioning of Solar PV System.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Nurtures the created culture of success and execution of a purpose-driven and values-based organization to successfully lead, manage, and be accountable for company projects
  • Project Manages the successful installation of large to small scale commercial projects
  • Coordinates with operational units to ensure plan sets, permits, materials, installation crew, electricians, utilities, permitting agencies, subcontractors, and customers are ready for each install
  • Creates bill of materials for each job and provides to procurement team
  • Works with engineering to ensure that plan sets are accurate and delivered in the timeframe that allows for permitting and material ordering
  • Negotiates contract, scheduling, and planning for all subcontractors
  • Ensures that all inspections are successfully completed, customers system is commissioned, and working as deemed in the customer contract
  • Ensures that all projects are completed utilizing Third Sun Solar’s Safety policy and procedures
  • Delivers white glove treatment to all customers promoting the highest level of quality with customers, employees, vendors, and community
  • Reports against Key performance Indicators and metrics that are set forth to measure
  • Accountable for maintaining a profitable operation that results in meeting the target budgets of each project, by reviewing each project you are assigned on an ongoing basis and making necessary adjustments
  • Provides accurate schedule and capacity forecasting plan
  • Creates, updates, and trains on processes as it relates to project management and the impact to the operational team
  • Works with many of the company’s computer software such as project management, Auto Cad, and the full Microsoft Suite

Job Qualifications

  • Associates Degree required. Certificate in construction or solar preferred
  • Experience in solar, construction, or an engineering-related industry managing contractors
  • Successful track record of project management in large scale commercial work
  • Proven track record on building and managing projects within their forecasted budgets
  • Highly proficient in the use of analytics for operations, and trend analysis
  • Be able to work in a flexible, “roll up your sleeves” and dynamic work environment
  • Computer Skills: Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Suite and experience using Project Management Software that includes the usage of Gantt charts, and Auto Cad
  • Experience working with customers and in the formal construction bid, subcontractor bids, and request for proposal process
  • Professional experience in the private sector and government contracting, not required, but ideal
  • Has the ability to provide internal and external customer service in accordance with the culture and values of the company
  • Experience reading blueprints
  • The ability to provide construction costs and times estimating to commercial and residential projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts and advanced reasoning abilities to problems and data and leadership

Work Location

  • Athens, Ohio

Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • IRA Retirement Account

To Apply

If you’re interested in learning more about working with us, please send us an email letting us know what you are great at and why we would be better with you on our team:  Careers@ThirdSunSolar.com

Third Sun Solar is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.