This month we are hosting the SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum in Denver, Colorado. The event will draw on the collective insights of the solar industry’s best and brightest to set a path forward for significantly driving down the cost of solar energy.

Leading up to the Summit, we are launching a special series on -- Solar Industry At Work. As part of this series, we will share the personal success stories of those who choose careers in solar -- from finance experts, to scientists, to engineers. 

The solar workforce has the potential to become a major economic force. According to the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2011, more than 100,000 Americans are now employed in the solar industry. From August 2010 to August 2011 the solar industry experienced a 6.8% job growth increase -- a rate ten times faster than the overall economy. Over the next few days you will have an opportunity to learn more about the people who make up this growing industry.

To kickoff the series, we’ve put together a solar industry slideshow -- images of real people, at work and in their element. Go ahead and take a look into the daily lives of the solar community at large.

As the Solar Industry At Work series progresses, we’d love to get your feedback every step of the way. You can send questions and comments via Facebook, Twitter, and email.