SolarCity, Here I Come

“We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun. You don’t have to do anything. It just works. It shows up everyday and produces ridiculous amounts of power.” Elon Musk
“We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun. You don’t have to do anything. It just works. It shows up everyday and produces ridiculous amounts of power.”
                                       Elon Musk.

My dream job starts tomorrow, January 25, 2016—I’m working for SolarCity.

Not sure exactly when I realized I wanted to work for the largest solar company in the world, but the route was circuitous. I know it was early 2015 when I saw a Tesla Model S in my neighborhood and just had to find out more about it. As the word Tesla was typed into a search engine, Google led me down a most particular and fascinating rabbit hole. The more I learned about Tesla the more fascinated I became, so the more I delved into the car and the company and electric cars in general.

Turns out you can’t do much research on electric cars without crossing paths with research on solar power. It’s a natural fitting glove, free power from the sun traversing from your roof through inverters and into the battery that powers your vehicle.

At the time, I really thought that solar was still years away from being economically viable for everyone. I knew that wealthy people could install solar and save a little on their electric bill. Turns out that there are new methods of financing and purchasing solar panels that make it possible for almost anyone who owns a home to put solar on their roof.

And SolarCity was leading this charge, installing approximately 1 out of every 3 rooftop solar systems in the United States. The more I read the more it became apparent that solar is in everybody’s future. I began noticing solar panels on roofs around town, especially on Fort Bliss. As I drove along the 601 spur I would look north at the base housing and see solar panels on almost every home and building. At that time, I didn’t know that I was looking at SolarCity solar panels, I just knew I was looking at lots and lots of beautiful solar arrays and those homes were using sunshine to make electricity come out of outlets and flow into TVs, computers, light bulbs, refrigerators, and anything else that uses electricity.

On every rooftop I was seeing the power to change the world.

And then it happened. I saw an article and discovered that SolarCity had been in El Paso for years installing solar at Fort Bliss and they were now hiring because they were ready to start installing solar panels on homes and businesses across the city. I immediately found out how to apply online, submitted my application and resume. I impressed somebody enough to receive a phone call and then went through the interview process. Finally, over coffee with the SolarCity regional manager, I was offered a position.

That was two weeks ago. Two days ago I went in to get my laptop and login credentials. And tomorrow I start my training.

Solar is the future of energy, SolarCity is the future of solar, and now I’m part of SolarCity!

We are going to change the world.

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