11 Solar Business Opportunities in the Service Sector-One of the best solar business opportunities (that doesn’t require lots of money) is starting a service business. Again, drawing on some of the information in this website – here are some services that you might want to consider:
1. 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.
2-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.
3- 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.
4- 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.
5-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.
6-Start a Job Placement Service – On the one hand you have a lot of companies in the solar industry that need to hire people … and on the other, you have a lot of people who would like to work in the solar industry. 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.
7-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. That’s just one example, there are many other skills you could teach people.
8-Start a Non-Profit – You don’t have to be limited to for profit ideas – there are a number of non-profit solar business opportunities. For example, you can start a foundation to help bring solar energy to people in need, advocate the adoption of FIT programs in your state, promote solar energy awareness in your community, promote greater awareness of vitamin D to help prevent disease, raise money for installing solar systems in developing countries, etc.
9-Nutritional Advice – If you’ve read the information we’ve published about the Sunshine Vitamin you’ll realize that a very high percentage of the population are vitamin D deficient – and so there is a great need for vitamin D awareness, testing, counseling, vitamin D supplements, etc.
10-Solar Broker – There is a growing market for companies looking to acquire and develop portfolios of solar projects (at least in Europe). Typically, they will buy FIT eligible projects that are connected to the grid – but in some cases you can also sell “shovel ready” solar projects with permits.
11- Energy Auditor – Another service that is growing in demand is to conduct energy audits and make recommendations how people can reduce their electrical consumption.
If you’ve ever thought about having your own business – you might want to seriously look at the potential of doing something that helps promote solar energy.