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In this section we want to give you a few ideas to consider based on our experiences as entrepreneurs and solar project developers — and will be expanding this in coming weeks to include resources and other information to help you.
Find a Need and Fill It A business will only survive if it has customers that want what you provide. So — what are people willing to pay for? The answer again seems to be — anything solar.
Can you deliver these products or services and make a profit? For each idea you come up with where the answer is yes — add it to your list of solar business opportunities to consider.
Need help coming up with some ideas -- here are 20 solar business opportunities to consider. For example — here are just some of the solar business opportunities and ideas that I've identified since working on this web site and as a consultant in the solar industry: Sell Products — Billions of dollars of solar PV, solar thermal systems,solar attic fans, solar cooling systems, etc.
Add to that solar lights, solar gadgets, solar rechargers, and a growing list of related products and you have a lot to choose from. Be a Distributor — As more an more manufacturers of products emerge — they need distributors to get the products to the market.
For example, I recently started corresponding with a company in Asia that produces technology that helps solar systems produce more electricity 2 to 5 timeshelps reduce electrical consumption in your home meaning you won't need to add as many solar panelsthe low cost solar street lights with 5 day battery backupsolar back up generators and much more … and I'll be looking to build a network of distributors to develop customers for their products.
Find a good location, put together a team of experts I recommend starting with an experienced solar consultant and contractor to handle the installation develop a good business plan, raise the money, build your project — use your experience and completed projects to leverage yourself into other solar projects.
Sell After Market Products — As I've reported on this site — there are products that can be sold to people who already have solar installations to increase their yields, reduce the need for cleaning, etc.
Sell 3rd Party Provided Services - Besides selling products, you can also sell services provided by other companies — such as solar insurance products, solar cleaning, solar financing, etc. Invent Solar Products — Are you a bit of an inventor?
There's a whole bunch of new solar products being developed. Take a look at any existing product that needs power to operate and think about how you could use solar energy to provide that power.
For example solar powered cooling systems I'm already working on that one personally. Maybe you have a new way of doing something — just look at all the products that came along after the invention of the personal computer … the cell phone … etc. Find Niches — Take what someone is successfully doing in one market — and do it in your local market, or apply it to a niche market like e.
There are a lot of opportunities. Produce Informational Products — With everything going on in the solar industry — there is a strong demand for good quality information. If you are good at research — consider producing research reports, how to ebooks, instructional videos, solar training classes, the list of things you can make is limited only by your imagination.
Produce Financial Products - Set up a financial company — and offer specific financing products — such as solar construction financing, long term solar project financing, joint venture financing, provide angel financing, acquire solar projects, etc.
There are a growing number of private investment groups that do just this. Again, drawing on some of the information in this website — here are some services that you might want to consider: Independent Solar Consultant — A lot of people would like to know if it makes sense to install solar on their property, and could benefit from a professional opinion that looks at the various options and guides them through the entire process.
Solar Panel Cleaning — As we discussed in this website - clean solar panels produce more electricity than dirty panels — and many customers would prefer to hire somebody to keep their solar panels clean rather than clean them themselves, especially if the panels are located on their roofs.
Financing Consultant — Solar installations are expensive, and there are a lot of different government programs out there. Also — some banks will lend money for solar installations — so why not provide your services to help clients find the money they need to build their projects.
Just as there are mortgage brokers — why not create your own "solar brokerage service. Solar Appraisal — Just as there are real estate appraisals — why not create a "solar appraisal business" — to assess the value of a solar array on a property for sale … or the future potential of adding a solar installation on an building.
Solar Repairs — Solar systems last a long time — but some maintenance is required from time to time, especially on older systems that might need to be upgraded with new inverters, wiring replaced, storm damage repairs, etc.
Start a solar job placement service — offer tips and advice to employers and job seekers alike. You would be helping a lot of people, including yourself. Start a School - Have a skill already — like knowing how to install solar panels or solar heaters — teach others.
As I wrote in idea 15 above — there is a big demand for skilled workers — and you can provide training either online … or hands on. There is a growing need for skilled installers.A new report says wind turbine technician is the fastest-growing profession in the US.
The growth in wind power is just one example of the rising employment numbers associated with . Cleve Hill Solar Park is a proposed solar park on the north Kent coast, situated near Graveney, Faversham, Sheppey and Whitstable. The solar park could generate more than MW for the national grid, which would make it the largest solar farm in the UK.
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