Exploring Green Careers: ZEKE FLEMING, Solar Construction Manager

The green economy uses more renewable energy, reduces pollution and makes the Hudson Valley healthier long-term. Here is what’s involved in some expanding local careers.

By Danielle Salisbury + Lynn Freehill-Maye

The statistics are impressive: by 2030, more than 24 million new jobs could be created globally by shifting to a greener economy, according to the International Labour Organization. But what actually are those jobs, and what do they take? 

La Voz and ScenicHudson.org’s HV Viewfinder both envision a sustainable, inclusive future for the Hudson Valley, so we teamed up to get insight into green careers through the eyes of four local people who hold exciting roles. Not only do these leaders feel challenged, but they also say they’re contributing to revitalizing the area both today and tomorrow.

Zeke Fleming
Solar Construction Manager, Nexamp

Zeke Fleming. (Photo: Jeff Mertz / Scenic Hudson)

What do you do? I’m in control of safety. On top of that I have to know everything that is going on from start to finish, in order.

What are your daily work activities? I’m measuring, videotaping, taking pictures, communicating with our project manager. If we’re falling behind, how are we going to make that time up? I have a solution for anything that happens at the site.

How does your work make an impact? I’ve been in energy for 25 years. Before, I was a residential energy auditor. I’ve always been interested in how do we make the planet better, how do we get greener, how do we lower emissions? With residential, we did it house by house. With solar arrays, we’re doing it by megawatts. 

What could someone interested in this career do? A NABCEP [North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners] certification will get you hired. 

To read more posts in the Green Careers/Carreras Ecológicas series click here.