Now Hiring: Assistant Project Manager

Great news – Southern Current is HIRING!

We’re looking for an Assistant Project Manager to help out with residential, commercial, and utility scale solar projects. The position includes working directly with the Project Manager to learn all the processes, programs, calculations, and methods for installing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems. It also involves assisting and performing duties that are required for all construction work as assigned and including project estimates, contractor coordination, project management, labor, testing, commissioning, training and close out documentation required to install Solar PV systems.

The Assistant Project Manager also handles the following duties:

  • Manages logistics associated with commercial construction projects.
  • Assists in the planning and execution of commercial construction contracts.
  • Supports field supervisors with accurate and timely information sharing.
  • Fulfills requests by field supervisors for information and coordination of work.
  • Facilitates thorough project documentation and digitization using computer skills.
  • Ensures that proper permits as required by law to carry out work on construction projects are obtained.
  • Studies blueprints and schematics and determines methods, materials, and equipment needed to complete the assignment.
  • Ensures the materials needed for most frequently occurring repair work, prepares requisitions, and monitors inventory.
  • Performs related work as assigned.
  • Develops plans and estimates for projects; includes determining time, equipment, and human and material resources needed to complete the work.
  • Coordinates for the ordering and delivery of construction materials to the job site.
  • Coordinates for lodging and transportation for all company employees working at remote job sites.
  • Assists in coordination with the General Contractor and/or government/facility owner before, during and after construction.
  • Travels as needed to participate in and represent the company for pre and post construction coordination meetings with the at the General Contractor and/or government/facility owner before and after construction.
  • Coordinate inspections for contractor performed work in new construction projects as part of the Quality Improvement Team.
  • Solves construction problems.  
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Work Hours & Travel

  • Work hours will be between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Occasional work or travel after hours and/or on weekends.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Requires high school diploma or GED plus vocational or technical training.
  • Additional skills required include:
    • Adobe  
    • Microsoft Office
    • Gmail
    • Attention to detail
    • Customer Service
    • Must be good at math

Interested in applying? No phone calls please, instead you may email Elliot Turner at eturner@southerncurrentllc.comPlease include a cover letter and references along with your resume.

About Southern Current

Southern Current is proud to be one of the leading solar companies in South Carolina, with services available throughout the Southeast. For more information, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.

Southern Current Recognized As A Top Solar Company In South Carolina

Coming off the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations, Charleston-based Southern Current is proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World Magazine. Southern Current achieved a rank of 179 out of 500 solar companies!

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets. The list was released on July 25.

“The 2017 Top Solar Contractors list features 500 of the best solar contractors in the United States,” said Kelly Pickerel, managing editor of Solar Power World. “From solar hotbeds on the coasts to the up-and-coming Midwest solar market, every installer adding even the smallest solar array to the grid is making a positive impact on our communities. We’re proud to recognize these companies and their efforts to bring solar power to U.S. homes and businesses.”

The U.S. solar market installed more than 14,700 MW of solar in 2016, nearly doubling the capacity installed in 2015. For the first time ever, solar was ranked as the No. 1 source of new electric generating capacity additions brought online throughout the year. By 2022, more than 18 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity will be installed annually, and Southern Current will continue to be a major player in adding solar to the grid!

Southern Current employs 36 workers, who installed 4,955 kW of solar in 2016. Since its founding, the company has installed 5,844 kW of solar.

About Southern Current

Southern Current is proud to be one of the leading solar companies in South Carolina, with services available throughout the Southeast. Vast experience in the utility-scale, commercial, and residential solar markets makes Southern Current uniquely qualified to help everyone save money and make positive environmental improvements with clean energy solutions. For more information, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.

Now Hiring: Solar PV Designer

Great news – Southern Current is HIRING!

We’re looking for a Solar PV Designer to help out with residential, commercial, and utility scale solar PV systems. The position includes performing calculations, working with engineering programs, drafting in AutoCAD, performing site visits to gather notes, working with sales team to put together preliminary layouts, working with engineering team to put together final design packages, and working with development team to put together layouts and one-lines.

Other tasks may include:

  • Review site visit pictures from sales team to determine interconnection requirements and PV system potential issues.
  • Work with sales to provide technical assistance and design services for proposals including putting together Solar PV module layouts using AutoCAD showing module location, shading buffer, fencing, etc.
  • Put together Zoning Site Plans showing module locations, fencing, site access, buffer plans, etc. using AutoCAD.
  • Track actual costs for each project and project estimated final cost to build.
  • Put together Label list with specific information (system specific info: Imp, Voc, arc-flash data, fault current, etc.) and delegate label creation to Project Administrator.
  • Put together O&M Manuals, commissioning sheets & check commissioning sheets, warranty forms, and other closeout documents.
  • Read technical articles and attend Solar PV training to keep up with latest products, design techniques, and construction strategies.
  • Lead permitting process and Interconnection process.
  • Stay on top of latest NEC changes.
  • Stay on top of best practices for Grid Direct and Off-Grid PV design and construction techniques.
  • Take classes or attend training in Solar PV Design and Construction techniques.
  • Work with Engineering team to develop Solar PV design packages including solar array layouts, electrical one-lines, and equipment mounting details using AutoCAD for residential, commercial, and utility scale Solar PV systems.
  • Use Excel spreadsheets and calculations to size Solar PV systems and put together detailed material lists.
  • Work with suppliers to gather material quotes and track pricing.
  • Attend site visits to gather notes and take pictures of existing conditions to aid in design.

Qualifications & Skills

  • At least 2 years experience using AutoCAD
  • At least a 2 year degree from a technical college in Engineering Design Graphics (Computer Aided Design)
    • Proficiency in AutoCAD
    • Adobe  
    • Microsoft Office
    • Gmail
    • Attention to detail
    • Customer Service
    • Must be good at math

Work hours will be between 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  Occasional work or travel after hours and/or on weekends.

The Solar PV Designer will work directly with the Manager of Residential EPC and/or VP of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) to learn all the processes, programs, calculations, and methods for designing Solar PV Systems. Solar PV Designer will work towards being self-sufficient in Solar PV Design with oversight from the Manager of Residential EPC and/or the VP of EPC.  

Interested in applying? Email David Brueck at dbrueck@southerncurrentllc.com. Please include examples of previous design work and resume in your email.

About Southern Current

Southern Current is proud to be one of the leading solar companies in South Carolina, with services available throughout the Southeast. For more information, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.

South Carolina Solar Energy News – June Edition

The following article contains important news about solar & renewable energy in South Carolina from the month of June. Contact the Southeast’s leading solar company Southern Current to learn about saving money by powering your home or business with clean, unlimited solar energy.

June News About Solar Energy In South Carolina

The Times and Democrat: Southern Current Launching New Solar Farm

Southern Current is launching a new $2.5 million dollar solar farm in Hampton County, South Carolina. In a press release, Governor Henry McMaster said, “When a company invests in one of our rural counties, it’s investing in the future of a community with tremendous potential, and that’s why we are so grateful for Southern Current’s decision to locate in Hampton County.”

Solar Industry Mag: Large Solar Project Goes Online At South Carolina Airport

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is now generating power onsite thanks to 4,000+ solar panels that were installed in June. The 1.38 megawatt (MW) project was constructed on five acres of land between two of the airport’s active runways. The solar install is part of the airport’s effort to adopt environmentally friendly programs while meeting its obligation to run as economically as possible by lowering energy costs.

The Post and Courier: Tesla-owned SolarCity Leaves South Carolina Months After Entering

SolarCity, the clean-energy subsidiary of Tesla Inc., announced in June it is closing offices in the Lowcountry less than a year after it opened in the state. The move comes at a moment when the solar industry is gaining traction in South Carolina, driven by giant industrial-scale installations and complemented by an expanding market for residential solar power.

Live 5 News: SCE&G Rolls Out New Community Solar Program

Click the link above to watch as Live 5 News reports from the Jerry Zucker Solar Park, discussing a new community solar option for people who rent or cannot go solar on their properties. “If you don’t live in a home suitable for solar or you live in an apartment, this is a great opportunity for you to get access to the benefits of solar,” said Bret Sowers, a member of Southern Current and chairman of the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance.

Save Money With Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top solar installers in the Southeast. Thanks to the numerous South Carolina solar rebates & incentives that are currently available, there’s never been a more affordable time to create your own energy! View the Southern Current Solar Panel Installation Portfolio to see projects we’ve completed in your area, or Contact Us to request information about a solar panel installation for your home or business and see how much you can save with solar.

South Carolina Solar Energy News – March Edition

The following article contains important news about solar & renewable energy in South Carolina from the month of March. Contact the Southeast’s leading solar company Southern Current to learn about powering your home or business with clean, unlimited solar energy.

March News About Solar Energy In South Carolina

Charleston Post & Courier: $10 million solar investment planned for Orangeburg County

Orangeburg County is becoming one of South Carolina’s leading centers for solar energy, with three projects totaling 163 megawatts announced so far this year. The latest news is a $10 million solar farm to be developed this year by Charleston-based solar company Southern Current. “It’s very exciting to be part of projects like these that are helping to reshape South Carolina’s energy future,” Paul Fleury, Southern Current’s founder and chief development officer, said in a statement.

Jasper County Sun Times: Town’s 2nd solar farm in the works

The town of Ridgeland is moving forward on a project for their second solar farm of the year. Southern Current is finalizing all development activities with plans to have the project constructed and online by Q4 of 2017.

The Times and Democrat: Solar farms appear to be good for S.C.

After close scrutiny, Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson says local lawmakers should be encouraged to push ahead with new legislation to foster the development of solar farms in the state. When solar panels are located on farms, they bring revenue to farmers that they wouldn’t otherwise have and keep many family farms profitable and in the family for generations. “Income from that land can increase by 500 percent or more,” Robinson said in an op-ed posted on The Times and Democrat.

ABC News 4: Solar power is rising in the Lowcountry

Southern Current solar installer Robbie Schwoerer made the news in March as part of a story by ABC Channel 4 which outlined how solar is becoming a hot topic in the Lowcountry. South Carolina is quickly growing into one of the top states in the Southeast for solar thanks to local incentives which make going solar a smart financial decision. Click here to watch the video coverage on ABC4.

Renewable Energy Magazine: State’s largest solar PV plant coming to Jasper County

81 megawatts (AC) of new solar power will be constructed in Jasper County, SC by the end of this year. When finalized, the new solar farm will be the largest in the state. In mid March Dominion, a Virginia-based power provider, announced plans to construct, own and operate a 71.4 megawatt facility along with an additional 10 megawatt installation.

Save Money With Solar Energy In South Carolina

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top solar installers in the state of South Carolina. Thanks to the numerous solar rebates & incentives that are currently available, there’s never been a more affordable time to create your own energy! Contact us to request information about a solar panel installation for your home or business and see how much you can save with solar.