For example, small scale solar generators and panels are commonly being used today to obtain energy from the sun to provide hot water in homes. But Solar Engineers are also equally capable of designing and developing large scale energy generators such as solar collectors (pictured). There are also avenues for the application and integration of newly developed Solar Engineering systems and processes into existing plants and factories.

Solar Engineering is a field that is expanding and developing new technology that is finding its way into homes vehicles and much more in the coming years. Another area of interest to Solar Engineers is in the measurement, analysis, and improvement of existing and new solar devices and generators.

In general, a Solar Engineer can choose to become a  specialist in one of two fields:

  • Photovoltaics – the conversion of light into electricity.
  • Thermal – the conversion of heat into electricity.

Solar Engineering is rapidly becoming known as a field with great research and development opportunities and many jobs are available in numerous industries such as power companies, the military, commercial companies and fundamental and applied scientific research.