Photovoltaic Electrician

Position Title: PV Electrician


Reports To: Design and Technical Support

Supervises (Yes/No): Yes


FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt


Our Mission

Northwind’s Vision is to transition our society to one powered by renewable energy. As a member owned cooperative, we are demonstrating a better way to build a successful business in Central Wisconsin. Our members are empowered, educated, and engaged. We work with our clients to install the highest quality solar power systems. Our community is more resilient because Northwind Solar is helping build it. Together we are powering forward a more democratic economy.


We are not your typical contractor. We are re-defining the contractor experience. We pride ourselves on the quality of our installations and our client interaction. Our customers are our greatest source of future business. We treat all customers as we would like to be treated by contractors. 



Position Summary

Our PV Electricians work together with DC Leads and Photon Technicians to complete the installation of residential and commercial PV systems. Our installation teams work Monday through Thursday (rarely on Fridays or Saturdays for system interconnects), on rooftops and the ground, all over Wisconsin (Focusing on 5 central WI Counties) in all types of weather.



Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Lead installation of AC components on photovoltaic systems, battery storage systems, EV charging equipment and smart panels 
  • Coordination with DC Lead Foreperson and crew
  • Ensure crew and job site safety
  • Lead quality AC installations based on system design documents, manufacturer specifications and applicable code
  • Ensure that entire installation meets expected quality standards
  • Collaborate with Project Manager in pre-planning of project tool/equipment requirements, labor needs, workflow, and site utilization
  • Responsible for tool management and assigned vehicle
  • Assist in coordination of work schedule and all electrical work with other trades on project site
  • Ensure install resources are optimally utilized
  • Direct necessary revisions to workflow or resources to meet project schedule
  • Collaborate with designers and project managers to resolve field issues
  • Provide as-built installation and testing documentation in a timely manner
  • Understand and implement best practices while working near energized electrical components
  • Drives company vehicles and operates other equipment such as forklifts and scissors lifts following safety recommendations.
  • Cleans and maintains shop areas, work site, company vehicle, and storage areas
  • Loads and unloads supplies and materials.
  • Follows all safety regulations and guidelines at all times and wears appropriate personal protective equipment as required.
  • Reports any problems or discrepancies to the supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Works schedules as determined by customer needs. Traveling and overnight stays, up to 10-20% of work schedule, is required.

Qualifications & Requirements

Minimum Education and Requirements:

  • Must have current WI Journeyman Electrician (or be able to sit for exam in 3 months) 
  • High school or equivalent
  • Valid WI Driver’s License
  • Must be able to successfully pass pre-employment screenings

Required Certifications/Licensure (within first year of employment):

  • OSHA 10 
  • NWREC Forklift Training
  • Red Cross First Aid

Preferred Certifications/Licensure:

  • NABCEP Associates Certificate or Installer Certificate


Required: 1-2 years working as a commercial or residential journeyman electrician


  • 1-2 years solar installation experience
  • 1-2 years carpentry skills

Knowledge and Skills Required

Aptitudes that lead to success:

  • Strong ability to work with hands, troubleshooting, electrical aptitude,
  • Positive attitude
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Must work well in a team environment.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Must be able to lift and climb ladders to access roofs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Driving required to site locations
  • Work environment: The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate. Work environment changes by project, but can be anticipated to be flat or pitched roofs or ground mounted installations on uneven terrain. High and potentially dangerous exposure to electricity. The daily temperature varies from hot to cold depending on the season.



Total Benefits Package

  • Membership in the Cooperative after 2 years. Members share equally in the prosperity of the cooperative and have an equal vote in the cooperative’s decision making.
  • Cooperative-wide Performance Based Bonuses. Critical numbers are established in the beginning of each year and quarterly achievements can equal bonus payout.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): 72 hours after 120-day introductory period. Adding 8 hours PTO per year of service.
  • Disability Insurance both long and short term
  • Group Health Insurance and Dental Insurance plans available
  • $300 monthly contribution towards Group Health Care Insurance
  • HSA Contributions of $100 per month
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Education: Both Professional Development and Personal Enrichment
  • Solar Installation on your home at cost
  • Nine paid holidays



Job Type: Full-time


Salary: $28.00 - $35.00 per hour



Dental insurance
Employee discount
Health insurance
Health savings account
Life insurance
Paid time off
Referral program



Monday through Thursday (sometimes Friday)10 hour shift


Supplemental pay types:

Bonus pay