Field manager Kevin
Rosales installs and checks his company's solar panels.
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Somebody's got to get up on that hot roof when it's 110 degrees
in direct sunlight and install those solar panels, and before the
job is done, go inside the house and climb into 130-degree attics
and double-check the wiring.
That somebody is Kevin Rosales, field manager for Sun Power &
Geothermal Energy, a San Rafael company that harnesses solar power.
"We're directly in the sun. These panels require full sunlight," he
said. "If I'm working in the shade, I'm not doing my job correctly."
It takes three to four days for his crew to outfit a house with
the proper number of solar-powered photo-voltaics - solar panels
that convert the sun's energy into electricity. Right now they're
finishing up a job requiring 6,000 panels on a government building
in Butte County.
The hottest day so far?
"A few years back, it got up to 110 degrees," he said, adding
that it's even hotter on a roof. "We took a digital thermometer with
a laser and shot it up where we were working. It said it was 127
That's one hot job.