Right now, the trainings are pretty small and informal. They are a few hours of classroom-style information about the basic principles of solar, electricity, roofing, and construction, with an emphasis on safety. These trainings are supplemented by a safety meeting at the beginning of every install, and in-process training in the use of the different tools of the trade.
How do I sign up?
An automated sign-up process is being developed, but for now, just send an email to email@example.com to find out about upcoming training and install dates and to sign up.
How much time does an installation take?
Most of our installs can be finished in two eight-hour days. For now they are typically being held over weekends, Saturday and Sunday.
How much experience do I need?
No experience of any kind is required – everything someone needs to know to fully participate in a SunWork install will be taught in the training and on site.
Who am I helping?
On top of present and future generations of human beings, and the Earth as a whole, the purchasers of SunWork systems benefit from the work volunteers provide and the lower cost that the work makes possible. Presently, the only people who are eligible to buy SunWork systems already have small energy footprints, which they have achieved by attention to conservation and efficiency.
What should I wear?
Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Tennis shoes or running shoes are best – they provide good traction and nimbleness while being gentle on the surfaces of roofs. Wearing clothing that you don't mind getting stained is highly recommended. It's possible to get through an install day without getting any roofing caulk or anti-seize compound on your clothes, but...
How often must I re-train?
We are currently requiring volunteers to re-train if it has been more than six months since their last training or install.