TalbertAvatarMarvin Talbert

Occupation: Head of Marketing, SolarWorld Americas
Company:  SolarWorld Americas
Location: Hillsboro, OR

With experience in both managing factories and in building automation and electrical engineering, Marvin was attracted to the opportunity to work in solar as a chance to re-invest in the US and US manufacturing. In 2010, he was hired as head of modeling, to build SolarWorld’s Oregon module manufacturing facility. Eight months later, the empty 110,000 sq. ft. warehouse was a fully automated solar module factory, churning out 4,000 modules per day.

Marvin managed tool qualification, tool installation, technology transfer, personnel, and the overall build-out of the facility. In 2015, Marvin was promoted to Head of Marketing and Brand Management and now oversees marketing and brand management decisions for SolarWorld Americas, including global alignment on strategies with Germany, product meetings, and he leads tours of the module factory that he helped build.

“I have had many careers and working in renewable energy is by far the best,” Marvin said. “I love going home every day knowing that I left the world a better place.”

A memorable day Marvin shared occurred recently. “The day the ITC extension was announced was one of the best days I can remember in the last six years,” he said, calling it a huge deal for the industry as a whole. “It felt like a long awaited exhale after a long time spent holding our breaths in anticipation,” he said.

Marvin is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Manufacturing Certified, he has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, and continues his education through programs including:  AMA Critical Listening Skills, Karrass Effective Negotiation, 30-hour OSHA Health and Safety, Set Up Reduction Courses, and more.

Marvin’s advice to solar jobseekers: “Anyone that is interested in working in solar, should feel empowered. Regardless of your experience or skill level, there are countless roles you can delve into within the solar industry: from factory line work, to policy advocacy, to sales and marketing, to installation, all the way to complex business management. This industry has enormous career opportunities for all professions. If you have a passion for solar and/or renewable energy, there is a career waiting for you in this industry.”

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