Here are 5 questions with our Field Operations Manager Alfredo Torres regarding his experience in the solar industry.
Q: What sparked your interest in the solar industry?
A: I was originally in the construction business working on water well pumps. The lady that I worked for was looking into the solar business and knew someone that was hiring at the time. It all started from there really. I went from installing solar panels on a courthouse to larger commercial solar projects all over California.
Q: What would you say is your most memorable project?
A: I'd say the one I did in Sacramento Depot Park. It was definitely a challenging project with the severe weather conditions. Vehicles were stuck in mud and semi-trucks flipped over trying to make their deliveries. I was actually pulled from another project I was on to go work on it. All hands were on deck. The guys were working together from start to finish. It was rewarding to know that I built the staging area (where the people from sales could bring customers to see the solar process within the different areas of the set up) using all of my methods.
Q: How have advances in technology impacted the solar industry?
A: I can't tell you how many times I've seen guys getting their hands burned. Today's advancements in technology has definitely made the process safer. I'm a really big fan of the products that take away the hazards that normally comes with string inverters.
Q: What's your proudest professional achievement?
A: I would say getting my first electrical license in California because it kind of brought it all together. I really wanted it. Getting my license meant I had achieved each step in the solar industry: from installer, foreman, supervisor, field operations, all the way to director of operations. I worked really hard and I still do.
Q: If you could give Houstonians one reason why they should go solar, what would it be?
A: "I've been around the world". No matter where you are in the world, the sunlight will always be available. No one can tell you not to use it. The sun is your unlimited and free energy source.