Solar Power World 250: Stories From The South
Tennessee Installer Shares Lessons Learned
It’s hard to say what the most important lesson learned is. I can say that being passionate about the solar industry is what has carried me through the rough spots. Also important is having faith that it’s the right thing to do and that it will work out if we don’t give up. But at the same time, you must be willing to accept the outcome after you’ve given it everything you have.
There’s an old Persian proverb, ‘Pray to God, but don’t stop hoeing.’
Having other team members that are motivated by our mission to build out as much solar as possible makes for a unified workplace; We’re all in it together. We’re earning a living and paying the bills, but having fun too.
Develop a team approach and trust each other to make the right decisions. And even when they turn out not to be right, learn from it, being forgiving and plow ahead. I’ve had to learn to let others do the things I used to do. Turns out, they are really good at it.
Education and training is also something we believe in, even when it takes time and money. Having a knowledgeable crew makes us all stronger.
Lastly, we value efficiency. We don’t want to waste resources, materials or time. Building an efficient solar project requires optimizing the site and design for job-specific conditions to get maximum energy production. We’re turning light into electricity – it’s what we do.
– Steve Johnson, President/Founder of LightWave Solar