5 Questions for a Solar Designer

We’re that includes ReVision Employee-Owner Zach Nugent, a Solar Design Specialist within the South Portland department. Our Solar Design workforce works with householders to debate their energy targets and design methods to fulfill these wants. Part of the time Zach is on the street, assembly with householders and evaluating properties in Southern Maine. During the opposite elements of the week you’ll discover Zach in our South Portland workplace or working from his home in Portland as he creates system designs and proposals to ship to clients. 

If Zach’s job sounds up your alley, take a look at our Careers Page – we’ve a number of open Designer positions.

As a Solar Design Specialist, what does your job entail?

I’m certain there’s an official HR description of the job on the market that sounds totally different and extra skilled, however I’ll give my official description! A Solar Design Specialist is normally the primary particular person from ReVision to go to a possible buyer’s home. My purpose throughout this go to is to judge the home for quite a few issues: solar, batteries, warmth pumps, warmth pump water heaters, and EV chargers — it may be quite a bit to juggle. I discover the best option to navigate all these choices is to start out with a dialog with the home-owner. By speaking via their targets and answering their questions, a plan normally begins to emerge.

I consider these conferences as instructional alternatives; the purpose isn’t essentially to promote something, however as an alternative to speak in regards to the greater concepts of why transitioning energy use from fossil fuels to renewable energy could make an enormous constructive distinction each financially for the home-owner and environmentally for his or her neighborhood — domestically and past. And whereas these massive concepts usually appear too massive to do something about, my job is to design and suggest easy, environment friendly, real-life options that really actually work and make a distinction!

What introduced you to ReVision Energy?

After spending my twenties largely doing seasonal work all around the nation, I actually wished to come back again home to Maine. Ideally, I wished to discover a job that wouldn’t be sedentary, had a mission I may really feel happy with, and truly made a distinction in our little nook of the world. ReVision checked all these containers and extra. I’ve now been at ReVision for seven years.

What’s your favourite a part of your job?

Being on the street doing home evaluations. I like driving round Maine, I like assembly Maine individuals (and their pets), and I like speaking about what ReVision does as a result of I actually consider what we do is useful to our neighborhood.

What’s the commonest false impression about solar energy that you just encounter?

That it’s just for wealthy individuals. Sorry for the gross sales pitch, however extra individuals ought to know: you’ll be able to finance a solar mission for no cash down and your month-to-month solar fee shall be lower than what you’re at the moment paying your utility!

So, you swap out your electrical invoice for a solar invoice — it’s actually that straightforward. Plus, the solar invoice is a hard and fast fee so precisely what your month-to-month fee shall be.

What are your Earth Month celebration plans?

I’m not hardcore sufficient to bike all via the winter, however in April I normally begin to drive much less and bike extra. I’ll be getting my container backyard up and working on my deck as effectively. I’d additionally prefer to advocate for one in all my favourite actions: going for a stroll. Taking a second to note the Earth; the crops, the animals, the water, the bugs, the dust, the smells, the sounds… all of it. Even if it’s only for a minute.

With all of the distractions on the planet, I feel it’s necessary to cease and keep in mind how completely insane it’s that we reside on this dwelling, respiration rock in house. It offers us air and meals. It can handle us if we handle it, too.

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