How to become a solar farm manager: Manish's story

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Renewable energy is such a new industry. There's a lot of room to experiment and try new things.

Manish's journey to become a solar farm manager

  • Manish loved GCSE Physics
  • He went on to do a Physics degree
  • He was initially looking for software jobs but had a contact who suggested working in renewable energy
  • Now Manish manages ten solar farm sites across the UK, which are fields of solar panels storing and converting energy from the sun
  • In the office, he checks power and energy readings to make sure the solar panels are working correctly. He sometimes travels to the sites to inspect the cables and electrical equipment in person. He measures the output of electrical current from solar panels, and uses thermal cameras to check the temperature of the cables is within a safe range.
A young man checks cables at a solar power farm
Manish divides his time between office-based work and visiting sites to check they're running correctly

Manish's manager says he's a good employee because "he is on top of all the situations on site. He's young and full of energy, full of new ideas. We are always learning with him."

Manish's career path

Manish's career path

What to expect if you want to be a solar farm manager

  • Salary: Variable ranging from £18,000 to £35,000 (based on electricity generation worker)
  • Working hours: Average 40 hours per week
  • Entry requirements: You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or as a trainee with a company. Engineering qualifications and experience in engineering or maintenance work is also useful. Most employers will expect you to have five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in: English, Maths, Science or Engineering, or Design and Technology

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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