The solar industry value chain

The solar industry can be divided into its upstream manufacturing segment and downstream installation/finance segment.

The solar value chain consists of upstream players, including large companies who engage in research and development, product manufacturing, and distribution; as well as downstream players including companies who install solar systems, distribute product directly to consumers, etc. The upstream players include silicon refiners, wafer and cell manufacturers and panel manufacturers . The downstream players include integrators, solar monitoring companies and solar financing companies . In the upstream companies, the majority of jobs available are technical in nature. There are also a handful of jobs in channel sales. Most upstream players look for candidates with a background in solar or in the semiconductor industry. In the downstream companies, most of the jobs available are in installation, engineering and sales.