Unpredictable Utility Bills Make Budgeting Hard  

Does it feel like your electric bill gets higher every year? Does it feel like your electric bill changes every month and is unpredictable? You aren’t the only one! We talk to homeowners every day who are experiencing the same problem.  

You wonder: Why do my electric bills increase? What can I do to stop them from increasing? Read on to learn about how solar provides a solution to fluctuating energy costs.  

Energy Costs on the Rise  

Residential solar energy systems are gaining momentum quickly. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), as of 2019, the United States has 2 million solar installations. This reflects major growth in the solar sector in the U.S., which just 3 years ago reached 1 million solar installations 

What is fueling the demand?  

As you know, electricity prices have been on the rise over time. Each state has seen this increase with price rises that are felt by homeowners. Monthly, these prices rise and fall– which means that your utility bill is pretty unpredictable. Even if you use the same amount of electricity every month, you can’t predict what your electricity bill will be. When you add in seasonal variables that are also unpredictable (heat waves in the summer, cold spells in the winter), it’s almost impossible to predict what your energy consumption during these months will be.  

Fluctuating energy prices and weather conditions can have a dramatic influence on monthly energy bills. 

 

What is the cause of fluctuating energy rates? There are many factors but here are a couple:  

  • The Rise of Natural Gas – in recent years, natural gas has become the new go-to fossil fuel for energy production. Between changes in extraction methods to stored reserves and demand, natural Gas fluctuates in price more than coal and nuclear power.   
  • Coal & Nuclear Plants Closing – with the rise in natural gas production, coal and nuclear power are on the decline. This adds to the instability in the energy market and leads to higher and more unstable rates.  

Budgeting for Stability  

Solar helps you budget for stability by controlling a portion of the electric spend with known costs. 

Solar can help by reducing this variability in pricing that you see month to month. If you choose to finance your solar system and pay it off over time, your monthly solar bill will be fixed. You’ll have your loan locked in at the same monthly payment. So your utility payments, more or less, will be at frozen rates for the next 5-20 years.  

How will solar effect my monthly bill payments?  

When you go solar, the number to kilowatt-hours you purchase monthly from the utility goes down. This is accounted for through a process called net metering. Every month you are only billed for the amount of energy you have used in excess of what your solar panels have produced. If you’ve over produced, you are credited for this excess generation. This credit will be applied to future bills in months when you use more energy then you have made.  

Your energy charge- or killowat hours consumed-  is often the largest part of your bill. Other line items on your bill, such as the “delivery service charge” which is the fee the utility charges of the use of their grid will also be impacted by how much solar you generate.  

Some Math… 

Lets imagine your home uses 1,000 kWh per month. If your solar system generates 800 kWh per month, you’ll be left with 200 kWh that you’re paying the utility for. So you will still see rate increases, but only on that 200 kWh that you’re still getting from the utility. The other 800 kWh are free, after the cost of the system itself. 10 years from now you’ll still be getting that 800 kWh for the fixed cost of your solar energy system, no rate hikes. You will certainly be paying more for that 200 kWh of utility power that you use, but again, paying an increased % on 200 is much better than the full 1,000 kWh. Additionally, the money you will have saved by avoiding these increases will have paid for the panels themselves… and then some.  

What Can We Do?  

All in all, you will be paying substantially higher rates for energy in the next ten years. The more control you have over your power supply, the more you control your electric bills.  

Conservation is important: turn the lights off, keep the AC and furnace at a reasonable temperature, run full loads of laundry. We talk with customer who are taking these steps but not seeing results. Why? Because of the described fluctuations in electric rates.  Utility rates will continue to rise and at home energy conservation measures won’t be enough to keep your bill steady.  

Solar energy is a solution to unpredictable and rising energy rates.  

Give us a call today to talk to a knowledgeable Solar Consultant. They’ll explain how much you pay for energy now and how much you’ll be paying for energy in the future- if you do and if you don’t go solar. Fill out your information here to speak with a Solar Consultant.

Solar Consultant – Cincinnati Based

Do you live in the Greater Cincinnati area and have a passion for the environment?

Do you wish to make a difference in the world while also joining one of the fastest growing industries in the country?

Do you have sales and/or business experience and love communicating with people?

Are you a driven and well-organized overachiever ready to turn your talents toward our planet’s future?

If so, then you may be the type of person we are looking for. Only the best of the best will have the opportunity to join our team. If this is you, please see the position details below.

Third Sun Solar is Ohio’s oldest and most experienced full-service solar company. We have spent the past 20 years installing over 1000 solar systems throughout Ohio and the surrounding states, and have built an exceptional reputation for expert design, installation and customer service as we help people go solar.

We are a mission driven company and also a certified B-Corp, which means we walk our talk when it comes to our values as a business committed not just to sustainable profitability and growth, but to serving people and the planet as well.

Our mission is to accelerate the shift to clean energy. Our team works hard toward this goal every day at a company built on a strong foundation made up of the following core values:

  • We are here to Serve
  • We are Reliable
  • We are Driven
  • We value Growth

Application instructions:

  • Deadline to apply – September 30, 2019
  • Training for the positions will begin November 15, 2019
  • To apply, please submit resumes and cover letters to careers@thirdsunsolar.com
  • You may skip non-required fields on application if you are uploading a resume
  • We apologize in advance- you will only hear from us if invited to interview
  • NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

 

Residential Solar Consultant

Position Description

Third Sun Solar’s Residential Solar Consultants strive to exceed customer expectations and build strong relationships with homeowners in a no pressure, consultative process.  They actively identify and pursue their own leads in addition to receiving leads from the company.  They evaluate customer needs and goals, address customer’s questions and concerns, and then develop solar PV solutions that are optimized for each customer using an automated design and proposal tool.  Residential Solar Consultants will spend much of their time traveling to and visiting with prospective customers at their homes. Residential Solar Consultants are the primary external representatives of Third Sun Solar and are expected to convey a sense of expertise in services and capabilities offered. This position requires tact, adaptability, confidence, and a high degree of customer service and professionalism.

Responsibilities:

  • Sales of residential solar electric and backup power systems.
  • Full life cycle business development, from lead generation to referral networking.
  • Clear understanding of sales cycle, contract agreements and ability to explain and review agreements to close customers at homes.
  • Prospecting for, and qualifying self-generated leads.
  • Conduct preliminary satellite map site evaluations to develop initial system designs using industry specific design tools.
  • Utilizing Third Sun Solar/industry tools to generating project proposals/quotes for customers.
  • Utilizing Third Sun Solar/industry tools to analyze customer’s current and projected electrical usage and calculate financial return on investment and economic payback.
  • Maintaining prospects/projects in Salesforce or similar CRM.

Position requirements:

  • Resident of greater Cincinnati
  • 2 years minimum of consumer sales experience (preferably in-home)
  • 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
  • Four-year college degree (preferred)
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Valid driver’s license/clean driving record
  • Public speaking and presentations skills
  • Minor travel requirements for events, training and customer home visits
  • Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends for staffing industry events.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • 100% commission including a 90-day onboarding stipend. (bi-weekly)
  • Company hybrid car
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage after introductory period
  • IRA with company match after first quarter of employment
  • Strong company culture
  • Paid holidays and paid time off
  • Substantial discounts for employee purchased solar system
  • Expert technical and product training with the region’s leading solar electric provider.
  • Solar training certification reimbursement and
  • Annual branded company clothing
  • Career growth path opportunities.
  • Work/life balance

Denison University Solar Pollinator Garden

  • Denison University’s pollinator-friendly solar array is the first of its kind in the State of Ohio! 
  • Nationwide, bees, monarchs, and other pollinators are disappearing, and scientists agree that loss of habitat is a primary concern. 
  • This pollinator habitat provides natural sources of food, water and shelter to wildlife and is sustainably maintained with the incorporation of native plants instead of pesticides. 
  • The habitat is part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to grow a million gardens that foster habitats for threatened insects such as butterflies and bees. 
  • The 10-acre, 2.3 megawatt solar system is big enough to power 300-350 average Ohio homes.   

 

Federal-Hocking Local Schools flip the switch on new solar energy system

Federal-Hocking Local Schools cut the ribbon on a new solar installation that will offset 70% of the school’s annual energy use with renewable power. Students “flipped the switch” on a 700 kW  solar system for the first time at the Federal-Hocking Middle & High School campus on July 11th 2019 at 11 AM. Former Federal-Hocking Superintendent, George Wood will speak at the event.

“Solar and renewable energy are the way of the future,” said George Wood. “But getting from here to there will take big actions by big organizations and institutions, like schools. Our district is a demonstration of what other districts can do.”

Attendees were joined by Former Governor and clean energy advocate Ted Strickland, State Representative Jay Edwards and Athens County Commissioners. The event follows the recent appointment of Third Sun Solar’s CEO Michelle Greenfield, to the Governor’s Executive Workforce Development Board.

The rooftop array will deliver environmental benefits to the region, eliminating 583 metric tons of carbon emissions each year – the equivalent of the annual energy used by 70 homes – offsetting over 825,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.

The array was built and installed by a partnership consisting of the installer, Third Sun Solar, New Resource Solutions, who structured the financing and Foundation Renewable Energy Company, the system owner and operator.

“Third Sun Solar has installed solar on more than 70 schools, but this project is really exciting because it is right here in our community, and many of the folks working Third Sun Solar,” said Geoff Greenfield, President and co-founder  “While the financial benefits to the school are very attractive, we believe that the benefits to our local economy, like the growing number of solar jobs, are also very important.”

Several installers on this project were students at Federal-Hocking High School and Joint Vocational School.

Watch the live-streamed video of the event here. 

 

“I applaud Third Sun Solar and New Resource Solutions for building this impressive solar energy project. There are so many benefits: the school district saves money, our air is cleaner, and high quality jobs are created here in Appalachia. Sadly, while other states are raising their renewable targets to 50% or even 100%, Ohio’s clean energy standards are under attack. A decade ago, my administration worked with a Republican-controlled legislature to create a strong clean energy plan for Ohio that has saved families and businesses billions of dollars and created thousands of jobs. It is my sincere hope that we don’t go backwards on this issue” – Former Governor, Ted Strickland

The Summer Solstice & Why We Celebrate  

The Summer Solstice marks the first day of summer. This is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.  

Ever wondered why the days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter? Or why we have seasons at all? We experience seasons because of the tilt of the earth as it circles the sun. The tilt also accounts for the change in sun hours throughout the year. As the earth tilts slightly towards the sun, our days get longer. Our peak tilt towards the sun in 2019 is June 21st! 

How much energy does the sun produce?  

At any moment, 173,000 terawatts (trillions of watts) of solar energy strikes the Earth. That’s more than 10,000 times the world’s total energy use. This summer solstice we’ll experience 15 hours of exposure to powerful & bountiful sun energy.

Why do we celebrate?  

The Summer Solstice means that we are in peak summer production months for solar. This means that solar panels in the northern hemisphere have even more energy to soak up through the day. 

Why celebrate in 2019?  

In 2019 we‘re celebrating because there is more solar PV capacity worldwide than ever! This summer solstice the world has more solar infrastructure to soak up sunlight for use as energy than ever before!  

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), as of 2019, the United States has 2 million solar installations- on homes, business, industrial buildings, and utility-scale solar installations. The energy generated by these solar systems combined would produce enough to power more than 12 million American homes. That is now greater than 70 gigawatts.  

This reflects major growth in the solar sector in the U.S., which just 3 years ago reached 1 million solar installations. Additionally, the cumulative operating solar PV capacity is about 75 times more than what was installed at the end of 2008 (SEIA).  

What has caused this growth 

The growth in the solar industry in recent years is a result of cumulative efforts by policymakers, solar customers, advocates, and business. The progress shows us the potential solar has to be a clean energy solution. Fueled by the incentive to create a better future for the planet, create jobs, reduce reliance on energy sources with harmful emissions and lower electric bills, we plan to see future growth in the solar market. 

What next? 

The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that by 2024 2.5% of all US homes will have a home solar energy system installed. And we believe it. We are seeing solar become more and more mainstream. Between the federal Investment Tax Credit dropping to 26% at the end of 2019 (before it’s eventual drop to 0% in 2022) and the commercial tax credit eventually dropping to 10% for commercial projects, there are certainly incentives to go solar now. 

To request a free solar evaluation, click here or give us a call during office hours: 877-GO-SOLAR  

Net Metering for Solar in Ohio  

In sunny peak months in Ohio, solar systems often produce more energy than a home can consume. Have you ever wondered what happens to this excess electricity? Or how you, the homeowner, benefit from the extra energy your solar energy system produces? Net Metering is the process that accounts for this difference in production & use. 

Net metering allows you to store energy you produce in the electric grid, in the form of credits. When you produce more energy than you need, excess electricity travels back into the power grid. Energy sent back into the grid goes to power your neighbors’ homes. The State of Ohio requires that the utility company credit you for that energy you produced and send along. These credits appear on your monthly electric bill to help you keep track.  

During sunny summer months, when your solar system is producing more than the energy you are using, you bank up credits. During the winter months, your home uses more energy than your solar system produces, and you use up the credits you’ve earned.  

You will be charged for the energy you take use from the traditional electric grid (when your solar panels aren’t producing). You can pay for that extra energy using the credits you accrue during times your solar system is producing more energy than you are using.  

Why is net metering important?

Net metering increases the economic benefit of solar power by crediting you for the power your solar energy system produces.  The amount of energy you produce and use will vary over the course of the year. Net metering helps you account for this difference by crediting you for the excess electricity your panels produce so you can use it later. 

Your utility benefits from net metering because electricity is generated so close to where it is consumed. This diminishes the amount of electricity lost when power is transmitted across miles of wires. Additionally, it helps reduce strain on the grid during peak demand times: like on hot, sunny days.

Will I receive payment for the excess energy I produce?  

You’ll get credits to be used on an annual basis to offset the cost of electricity that you take from the grid during times when your solar system is not producing energy. These credits roll over from month to month. You will not, however, receive a check from your utility for the excess energy you put back into the grid. 

At what rate do utility companies credit me for my usage?

Electric companies credit you at a net excess generation rate. The State of Ohio’s net metering policy does not require utilities to credit energy you produce at the full retail rate.  

This rate depends on your electric company. Your experienced Solar Consultant can help you understand what your utility’s net excess generation rate is.

Can my energy bill be $0?

In many cases, yes!   

Some utility companies have a single fixed cost, or customer charge, that all customers are required to pay each month. However, in many cases you can use credits to pay down the fixed monthly costs.  We often see $0 electric bills sent to us by our customers!  

How much energy from my electric company will I purchase annually, when I have a solar system?

We don’t design all solar systems to meet 100% of a homes electric usage over the course of the year. Why? This depends on many factors, but primarily the amount of space a home has for solar panels. Your solar consultant will work with you to design a solar system that makes sense for your homes annual electricity usage.  

 

Third Sun Solar has worked with hundreds of homeowners across the state of Ohio and beyond. We have close working relationships with all of Ohio’s many rural cooperatives and public utilities.

If you have any questions about solar or net metering, please reach out.

 

 

 

A Women-Led Solar Business  

For the past 20 years, Third Sun Solar founder and CEO Michelle Greenfield has contributed tirelessly to the advancement of solar. 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.   

Michelle is a woman on a mission, working to Accelerate the Shift to Clean Energy. 

Founding Third Sun Solar  

In 2000 Michelle and Geoff Greenfield built their own sustainable home on a piece of rural Ohio land. This land did not have access to utility power. Instead of making an investment to bring the utility out, they chose to generate their own power: solar power.  

In the early 2000’s there was not a solar installer in their area. Geoff decided to move forward and become a solar expert himself. He designed and installed his first high performance solar array on their home.  

The Greenfields founded Third Sun Solar that same year, in 2000, out of their attic. Today, 19 years later, Michelle is the CEO of Third Sun Solar. Along the way, Michelle has had the opportunity to direct the growth of a blossoming economic sector in Appalachia Ohio, all while influencing the green energy movement in the state of Ohio & beyond.  

Women in Solar at Third Sun Solar  

Third Sun Solar has hired women into many roles over the years. Michelle’s current staff housed at the Third Sun Solar headquarters is half female employees.  She has hired women into Third Sun for various roles, and is a decisive advocate for inclusion, ongoing recruitment and creating opportunities for female candidates in hands on laborsales & administrative roles.  It is impossible to tally the influence she has had over the past 20 years. But, it’s certain Michelle’s leadership has led to many women entering the solar and other technical fields.   

 

Accomplishments over the Years  

  • Michelle has had dozens of speaking engagements over the last 20 years to many groups such as the Sierra Club, the University System of Ohio Sustainability conference, Ohio University’s Environmental Education program, Rotary Clubs, Earth Day events and most recently, the Rural Action annual member meeting.  
  • Michelle Served as a Board Member of Green Energy Ohio for 10 years and President of the Board for 2 years.  
  • Michelle received a 2009 “Keys to Success Award” from the Ohio Department of Development.  
  • In 2012, Michelle spearheaded the effort for Third Sun Solar to become a Benefit Corporation (B Corp). This process emphasizes and holds her company accountable to a triple bottom line approach. Third Sun gives equal footing to planet and people, as well as profit. At that time, Third Sun was only one of 3 B Corps in the State of Ohio. 
  • In 2013 Michelle was an Innovation Award Winner from TechGrowth Ohio for “Outstanding Woman in Innovation”, a recognition of her accomplishments in promoting the growing clean tech sector in the state & of her continued advocacy for inclusion of and leadership by women in the field.  

 

The Clean Energy Credit Union  

In 2014, Michelle joined the Organizing Committee for the founding of the Amicus Solar Cooperative’s initiative to start a Clean Energy Credit Union. It might not be a coincidence that Michelle once started and managed a community development credit union in southeast Ohio. This experience combined with her solar experience was key to navigating the founding of this institution.  

After nearly 4 years organizing, the Clean Energy Credit Union was federally chartered in September 2017. At that point, she became a Member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Credit Committee.  

In its first full year of operations and lending, they have:

  • Over 700 members
  • $6.5 million in assets
  • Granted nearly 400 loans for PV systems for electric vehicles & green home improvements
  • Over 50% of loans granted have been for solar energy systems
  • Granted loans totaling more than $6.4 million 

The Himalayan Light Fund  

In 2018 Michelle had the opportunity to spread her leadership and impact beyond the US. As part of a team with the wellregarded non-profit Himalayan Light Fund, Michelle planned, raised money for and installed a solar power system at a school in a remote village in Nepal. This village is far from the tourist centers or the utility grid. Her leadership and technical skill on the roof undoubtedly planted seeds of opportunity in the onlooking community 

Michelle Greenfield is a tireless advocate for Solar in Ohio, a large emerging market with huge potential for growth.  She has progressed from being an early consumer of solar energy to a business pioneer – advocating and educating about both solar power as well as leadership roles for women in the solar industry.  

More about Third Sun Solar

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.