Five Questions with Jack Copus, Standard Solar’s commercial channel manager, who is one of first in the country to earn the new Photovoltaic (PV) Technical Sales certification through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

  1. What does achieving the NABCEP Photovoltaic (PV) Technical Sales certification mean to you professionally? This is an exciting time to be in the solar industry because it is constantly evolving. As a result, it is vital to stay on top of new trends and certifications. The NABCEP certification validates our knowledge and our continued efforts to stay on forefront of the industry. The more
    Jack Copus, Commercial Channel Manager

    we learn and know, the more capable we are to provide the best options to our customers.

  2. Why is this type of certification meaningful for Standard Solar customers? The solar industry is growing incredibly fast and new companies enter the marketplace almost monthly. NABCEP certifications, in addition to our experience, assure the customer that they are receiving the best design and installation available. Our systems are warranted to produce for more than 25 years, so it is a long term relationship. Solar is a significant investment and our customers deserve the most efficient and reliable system available. The certifications we have earned help them know they are getting that.
  3. Are there other certifications you plan to pursue? I plan to sit for the NABCEP Certified Installer exam in the fall. Although I am not directly involved in installations anymore, this certification is extremely technical and will help me identify and assess potential electrical design considerations during the initial site visit. Also, I plan to obtain a master’s degree in a Renewable Energy Program.
  4. What is your personal feeling on the importance of solar? Solar is extremely important to solving our energy problems. The sun rises every day and is a free, clean and unlimited resource that we can harness and turn into clean energy. It just makes sense to me to utilize solar to create local jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign (and domestic) oil and help the environment. It’s just a win-win in my opinion.
  5. What is the most recent book you read? “Go Dog Go” by Dr. Seuss.  I read it at least twice a night to my 2 ½ year-old. Other than that, I recently read “Ten Bears” by Miles Harrison, Jr. It is an inspirational book based on a true story of a lacrosse team overcoming great odds.