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Marco Holst

Marco, former head of product management for a manufacturing company, is an expert in building scalable processes. He founded Kwest to develop software that accelerates the rollout of renewable energy solutions.

What does a solar system project manager do?

Harnessing the power of the sun requires careful planning and execution. That’s where solar system project managers come in. In this blog post, we’ll explore what solar project management involves, including the responsibilities and tasks of a solar system project manager and the skills required for success in this field. 

Responsibilities and tasks

A solar system project manager is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of solar energy systems. The main goal of this role is to maximize efficiency in implementing project plans, keeping track of goals, tasks, resources, schedules, costs, and contingencies.

Solar system project managers work closely together with sales, system designers, engineers, and installers. They ensure that the project is completed on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. After the sale is done, solar system project managers are the main point of contact for clients. They are responsible for communicating project progress, milestones, and any issues that arise. They need to ensure that all safety protocols are followed, and that any potential risks are addressed. If you’re interested to learn more about the specific tasks, we’ve listed 10 examples here

Overall, the solar project manager plays a critical role in the development and implementation of solar energy systems. They ensure that solar projects are completed safely, efficiently, and to the highest possible standard. The most successful project managers are even able to manage more installations over time by standardizing and automating processes

Required skills

Now let’s look at the essential skills that every solar system project manager needs to have to succeed in this field. We separate the required skills into two categories: 

  • Raw characteristics, ie. fundamental aspects of a person’s personality 
  • Professional experience, ie. skills and expertise that a person has gained through their career

The list above is an indicative and not exhaustive list based on our conversations with the leaders and project managers we’re working with. We’re open to other suggestions and proposals.

How to hire the right project manager for your solar business

As the owner of a solar business, hiring the right project manager for your solar business is critical for your growth. Here are some tips on how to hire the right project manager for your solar business. You can also use our solar project manager job description and check out the average salary of solar project managers in 2023 here.

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