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ISSUE 1 - September 2009


The Solar Job Market An Industry Overview ‘A Day in the Life of...’ Ariane Bischoff Product-Market Manager Optisol Scheuten Solar

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Dear Industry Colleague It gives me great pleasure to present the first edition of the Solarpeople magazine, a publication dedicated to Education, Training and Recruitment for the solar industry. Although our industry has a number of high quality specialist magazines, books, newsletters, and other interesting reading material, none of them specifically covers the key issues that we are addressing. We recognised the important role that HR plays in the industry back in 2007 and formed, which today is well-established and the favourite job forum for employers and employees alike. Earlier this year we launched Solarpeople – the professional social networking website to connect people in the industry. Now we feel the time is right to publish Solarpeople magazine for the professionals in this industry. It is apparent that one of the major bottlenecks in the solar industry is lack of skilled people, and this situation will become more critical as the industry continues to grow and new markets evolve. The problem can be overcome only by providing education and training and finding the right talent globally. I hope that you share our vision and will support us in this exciting and important initiative. Reza Shaybani Publisher

Industry Jobs Company: Upsolar Co. Ltd Reference: 00253 Title: Country Manager for France, Greece, CZECH REPUBLIC Location: EU and China Job Summary: You will develop the marketing and sales volume in your zone. The country manager is in charge of implementation of the sales and marketing strategy in the country, according to the Guidelines provided from Headquarter, visit new potential customers and maintenance of the existing ones to... visit for full details and to apply

Company: Satcon Reference: 00259 Title: Regional Sales Manager, Germany Location: Germany Job Summary: The qualified candidate will be responsible to sell Satcon’s products and services for the complete Inverter line. The successful candidate will also be responsible for finding and winning new customers as well as growing existing... visit for full details and to apply

Company: Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Limited Reference: 00280 Title: Business Development Manager - Building and Construction Location: Europe Job Summary: If you have what it takes enthusiasm, ambition, ability to think out-of-box and a teamwork ethic- then is Moser Baer the place for you. Moser Baer Photovoltaic Limited (MBPV) a wholly owned subsidiary of Moser Baer India Limited... visit for full details and to apply

Company: Cascade Engineering Reference: 00279 Title: Director of Sales Location: Michigan, USA Job Summary: As part of the CRES management team, develops business unit-wide sales strategies and policies. Supports efforts of and trains sales staff to promote product group sales and provide value-added services to exiting and potential customers... visit for full details and to apply


The Solar Job Market An Industry Overview

The Solar Job Market is a topic that has generated extensive interest over the past months with speculation over how the market will react to the global economic crisis. We have seen large players in the industry such as BP solar cut jobs in the US and Europe as a result of being hit hard by three major interrelated factors: the economic downturn, oversupply and increased competition; raising the question, is this a sign of things to come? Despite some cut backs being made, predictions of the solar job market remain very optimistic. The RAND Corporation estimates that the renewable sector will generate 5 million green jobs over the next 15 years, a large percentage of which will be in the solar industry.

In the shorter term, the Solar Energy Industry Association estimates 119,000 jobs to be created in the US in solar panel installation, manufacturing components and solar power plant construction. The Association of Energy Engineers predicts 100,000 green jobs to be created in the next 2 years. Although these predictions vary, both predict a positive outlook for the solar job market.

individuals for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The pace of market growth and job creation will depend very much on the region, the US is predicted to achieve huge growth as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which promises the allocation of $3.1 billion for state energy programs which will encourage states to improve building energy improvement and retrofits as well as $500 million dollars for job training, and programs to prepare

The increasing number of courses available to those wishing to enter solar from other industries is a positive start; however a long term solution consisting of post graduate training schemes will be vital in facilitating the industries potential growth.

We are optimistic about the future of the solar job market given the growing support of solar technology, however we need to work hard to ensure that there is a consistent feed of new talent and ongoing training provided to existing professionals in anticipation of meeting the growth in demand.


Classes start at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the world’s first graduate academic institution dedicated to the research of alternative energy, environmental technologies and sustainability, has commenced with classes for the inaugural intake of graduate students. Lectures began today for the 92 pioneering students who were selected from more than 1,200 applicants from 82 countries worldwide. The new students, who hail from as far afield as Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and the Middle East, representing 22 different nations, are part of Masdar Institute’s two-year Master’s program, which offers five multidisciplinary specialized areas geared towards the research and

development of alternative energy and sustainability. The UAE has contributed the highest number of students, with 13% of the total, and almost 30% of the student body is women.

with highly talented individuals and research expertise, thereby enhancing economic development and diversification through human capital and technological innovation.

Masdar Institute was established as part of the Government of Abu Dhabi’s vision and commitment to a long-term, sustainable knowledge economy. The non-profit, private research-driven Institute has been developed in cooperation with one of the world’s most respected universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Masdar Institute, which will be the centerpiece of the multifaceted Masdar Initiative, launched by Mubadala Development Company, will feed Abu Dhabi and the region

Dr. John Perkins, Provost of Masdar Institute, said: “Masdar Institute aims to become a worldclass university and research institution that will create and shape a new generation of leaders and critical thinkers in science and technology. We are tasked with responding to one of the most important challenges facing our planet – the need to develop sustainable energy solutions that ensure economic growth and prosperity for all nations, without damaging the environment.”

Dr. Perkins added that today was a proud occasion, signifying an important milestone for Masdar Institute:“ I am delighted with the quality and pedigree of the young minds gathered at Masdar Institute. Students and faculty alike are embarking on an exciting yet vital journey for Abu Dhabi, the Middle East and the entire world. By working together and employing collaborative research to progress technology, I am confident that seemingly insurmountable obstacles to tackling climate change while preserving economic growth can be overcome.” World-class faculty of over 20 leading academics from 11 countries has been recruited from internationally renowned universities. MIT has assisted with the recruitment process, and has hosted faculty staff for a period of one year to instill standards of excellence in graduate education as well as to aid the development of joint research projects. Over the next five years the Institute is anticipated to grow year-on-year to a student body of at least 600 and a faculty of 100, and Doctorallevel degrees will be introduced by 2011. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, said: “Today marks an important step towards realizing the vision and strategy of Abu Dhabi’s leadership in positioning the Emirate as a knowledge hub built on its vast energy expertise.

As indentified by the Government of Abu Dhabi, world-class education is undoubtedly a core pillar in developing a sustainable economy, and Masdar Institute is set to play an integral role in Abu Dhabi’s future growth.






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English language proficiency as all lectures, laboratory sessions, and written or oral examinations at Masdar are conducted in English. Full financial scholarships have

“In meeting the ambitions and commitment of our own students to become the next generation of global energy leaders, Masdar Institute and Abu Dhabi offer an unprecedented opportunity for those who wish to tackle the defining challenge of our age. With the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency to be located at Masdar City as well, there could be no better place to study, research or develop a career in alternative energy, environmental technologies and sustainability,” Dr. Sultan added. Masdar Institute is currently using interim lecture and laboratory facilities at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. The new premises at Masdar City will be handed over in phases during the first academic year, providing students with the unique prospect to live and learn within a true ‘living laboratory’ in the heart of the world’s first sustainable city. Importantly, the technology researched and developed by the Institute will be tested by Masdar City, resulting in each phase of the City’s development informing subsequent phases. As a postgraduate institution, the admission standards to Masdar Institute are in accordance with world-class researchdriven universities such as MIT.

been awarded to all who met the very high entry standards – these scholarships include all tuition fees, housing and a cost of living allowance. Dr. Marwan Khraisheh, Dean of Engineering,



said: “Never before has this region welcomed students and faculty of such high caliber to study or teach in science or engineering at postgraduate level. The diverse backgrounds and wealth of talent choosing to study and teach in the inaugural academic year of Masdar Institute are testimony to the foresight and leadership shown in establishing a genuinely worldclass research institution to tackle the world’s most pressing need. Our unique focus on the integration of technology, policy and systems, combined with the opportunity to test and deploy new technologies on a scale unrivaled elsewhere in the world will ensure Masdar Institute’s position at the cuttingedge of innovation and critical thinking, with consequences that reach far beyond Masdar, Abu Dhabi and the region.”


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A Day in the Life of... Ariane Bischoff Product Manager, Optisol, Scheuten Solar Scheuten Solar is a globally operating solar company that develops, produces, designs and sells PV solar modules and total PV solar solutions. Product-Market Manager Optisol at Scheuten Solar, Ariane Bischoff is responsible for the management and coordination of the production and sales teams at the Scheuten HQ in The Netherlands. Scheuten Solar has developed iconic projects internationally including the Federal Ministry of Economy, Berlin and Berlin Main Railway Station. Ariane plays a pivotal part in the project

management process. “I am lucky enough to live just 10 minutes away from work which makes the commute each day nice and easy. I am sat at my desk with a cup of hot tea every morning by 8am, responding to emails that have come through throughout the evening.” Ariane went on to say that, “Urgent emails usually consist of providing timeline indications to the sales team so they can proceed with a sales pitch or customer quotation. They might also have questions on production capabilities for a specific project which I would need

to clear with the production team before confirming they can go ahead.” “A key part of my role is to come up with solutions to production challenges and be creative and flexible with the production line to meet sales requirements.” Ariane explained why she enjoys her work so much, “The best part of the job for me is the ability and necessity to be creative and develop Scheuten Solar strategy in order to expand and develop the product line. New innovations and methods open up opportunities to the sales teams and mean we can

offer unique proposals to our clients ensuring we remain market leaders.

“I also love the social aspect of working at Scheuten Solar” On describing her working environment she said, “Our HQ in The Netherlands has a wonderful open plan environment. The glass and solar teams are in separate areas however with the open plan layout we see each other nearly every day creating a positive and unified atmosphere and social spirit.”

“We are like one big family!” She described how the rest of the day usually unfolds, “I go for

Lunch at around 12. It’s a bit of a race. There’s a lot of mingling — it’s great for that. The canteen is full of people talking about solar and new projects.” “In the afternoon I am often in meetings with the production or sales teams where we will be coming up with ideas around production limitations, analysing risks and checking that all materials required for projects are available. In these meetings we will often be rethinking technical specifications and finding solutions that can’t be copied by competitors.“

to do this comes from a close-knit sales and production team that can think outside the box. When asked what time her average working day ends, she told me. “I usually work until around 6.30pm, but this can vary depending on what is happening that day and the time constraints I am working too. At the end of each month I am required to submit reports on the projects that we are currently working on, I always leave this until the last minute which can lead to some late nights in the office!”


Scheuten Solar pride themselves on being able to offer unique solutions that are bespoke to the client, Ariane told me that the ability

Scheuten Solar Headquarters, The Netherlands

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