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Hi everyone,
I am trying to get some feedback from some pro's, I am an electrician and have owned my own business for the last 5 years that mostly consist of residential and commercial service, most of my new customers are getting several bids so I consider myself a decent salesman for an electrician. I have my own sales philosophy that seems to work. Due to arthritis the physical part of my job is coming to an end soon and I was thinking and have thought in the past of getting into solar sales. Will the sales experience and the work experience be much help finding a job in solar sales or will I just be a guy with no real sales experience or training? I am planning on taking a crash course offered by Rich Hessler. Any thoughts and advice is much appreciated.
Thanks
BK - by bkessler
I'm not sure how lucrative solar sales is. Why not sale your electricity type work and let someone else do the work? - by cs80918
Electrical service is a very competitive market, in the last couple years the advantage has shifted from seller to buyer. It seems to me that solar is just getting going, I am in CA which is a very progressive state that offers plenty of rebates. Customers are getting great solar systems installed with no money down and payments with thier new bill less than the original bill. Also I feel like I need to get out, so that I don't keep getting pulled back in. - by bkessler
I'm just guessing but I don't believe it will be hard to find a job selling solar equipment. Especially if you find a company that pays straight commission.

As far as learning to sell I would imagine the solar company that you get contracted to sell for would have some training. If not just read some books.

Also, you could always try and find a job in any field that trains people how to sell. Automotive, celluar or whatever.

If you do well in solar sales let me know how it works. - by cs80918
Hi everyone,
I am trying to get some feedback from some pro's, I am an electrician and have owned my own business for the last 5 years that mostly consist of residential and commercial service, most of my new customers are getting several bids so I consider myself a decent salesman for an electrician. I have my own sales philosophy that seems to work. Due to arthritis the physical part of my job is coming to an end soon and I was thinking and have thought in the past of getting into solar sales. Will the sales experience and the work experience be much help finding a job in solar sales or will I just be a guy with no real sales experience or training? I am planning on taking a crash course offered by Rich Hessler. Any thoughts and advice is much appreciated.
Thanks
BK
My suggestion--save your money!

1970
With the Energy Crisis ! (OPEC oil embargo), suddenly it became important to find an alternative form of energy as we realized just how reliant we really are on non-renewable, finite resources like coal, oil and gas for our existence. Nixon as president in the early 1970's advocated and promoted solar energy

1980 - 1991
A Los Angeles based company called Luz Co. produced 95% of the world's solar-based electricity. They were forced to shut their doors after investors withdrew from the project as the price of non-renewable fossil fuels declined and the future of state and federal incentives were not likely.


The chairman of the board said it best: "The failure of the world's largest solar electric company was not due to technological or business judgment failures but rather to failures of government regulatory bodies to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of solar thermal generating plants."

That is, the government has known for decades that alternate fuels are utterly inadequate to serve our needs and have consistently failed to offer adequate incentives.

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Today, solar power represents 0.1% of the total energy used. The total percentage of all renewable energy sources including: wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and waste is a mere 12%. The solar industry hopes to capture 10%-15% by 2030 and that is across the country. That is a stretch.

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Aside from the government's position above, there is a believability problem with the public at large. Far too many do not believe in the efficacy of solar energy and/or do not have the sufficient discretionary funds in the current depressed economy to make such purchases. Together