Learn more about how GreenSpark Solar trains both our residential and commercial teams!

How are installers trained?

At GreenSpark, we have both residential installers and commercial installers. They work on separate crews, so training can differ a little.

Presently, residential installer training occurs directly on the job, and is led by the crew lead. The crew lead is in charge of training new installers, while being responsible for the electrical and structural parts of the job—like component mounting and conduit work.

At GreenSpark, our Safety and Sustainability Coordinator, Evan, provides each new residential installer with a detailed training packet, containing step-by-step instructions on how to complete common installation tasks. This includes things like racking assembly and placing attachments. 

Commercial installers are trained exclusively on the job, however, commercial installers are usually hired with previous experience when they join our team. Since commercial projects are larger in scale and scope than residential projects, commercial installers typically have prior knowledge of or experience in solar before they join the GreenSpark team. 

Are there any safety courses that need to be taken for GreenSpark installers?

For both installers and crew leads, there is a certain level of safety training required to work. Installers are required to complete the OSHA 10-hour training course, and crew leads and site supervisors are required to complete the OSHA 30-hour training course, paid for by GreenSpark. Evan is responsible for providing Fall Protection Training and Lift and Ladder Safety training to all installers prior to them being exposed to such hazards.

GreenSpark also requires all of our team members to be certified before operating heavy equipment. This includes machines such as skid steers, telehandlers, and excavators.The certification ensures that our team knows how to operate heavy equipment safely and effectively.

What is some common safety equipment used on the job?

At GreenSpark, we use the Guardian Cyclone Tower Climbing Harness QC-QC for our residential installation teams, KONG Back-Up Rope-Grab, arrester, KONG ShockPack, and Guardian Pitch Pro Anchor. Gutter-guards, adjustable bungees, and fiberglass extension ladders are all used for roof access. The panel-lift we have is the GEDA SolarLift. Rubber insulating gloves and leather protectors, along with a set of insulated drivers are used to ensure protection against electrocution if there were to be a live panel.

And, of course, during the cold Rochester winters, both residential and commercial crews get winter work gloves and a couple hoodies and hats so that they are properly equipped for the snowy weather. Commercial crews are provided with hardhats, cut-resistant gloves, safety glasses, and high visibility vests. They also get high visibility clothing like t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s experience and background, head to our About page, or you can always contact us—we’d love to hear from you. Interested in joining the GreenSpark team? We’re currently hiring. You can check out all of our available positions here.

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