“The first time I walked on a solar field, I never wanted to look back.”
For Adrian Locklear, Project Supervisor on the Electrical Construction team, solar is the perfect coupling of his passion for the future of technology and the freedom of the outdoors. Adrian came to Blue Ridge Power earlier this year from Watson Electrical’s solar division, bringing with him a computer engineering technology degree and broad electrical experience with eight years focused on solar. He’s currently on-site at Bulldog in Warrenton, GA.
Adrian’s work begins once BRP determines we will self-perform electrical on a project. He and his team start the pre-planning process to understand what materials, equipment and manpower are needed for the job. After pre-fabbing any materials on-site, they break ground and begin installing cable underground, then move above ground to connect the modules and install wiring. Once all testing is completed, the arrays are energized back to the substation. Adrian oversees the manpower across the job, which can be as many as 75 people.
“I enjoy how Blue Ridge Power prioritizes employees. We’re all one huge team, from the office to the field. I really appreciate the emphasis on innovation. Everything we do, I can tell, is geared toward the future.”
Adrian’s goal as a manager is to “build a family on-site and support the team’s development. I strive to be hands-on and teach everyone because I first began as a temporary employee in the profession. Overcoming obstacles as a team is my favorite aspect of the work. Every new job they pick up a new skill, and I enjoy watching them succeed.”
Adrian is challenging himself in his off time, too. When he’s not spending time with his four kids, he’s learning more about automation by turning his house in Lumberton, NC into a smart home.