Solar training was given a boost in Toronto this week.
With a growing gap between solar energy needs and qualified rooftop installers, Ontario Solar Academy (OSA) recently launched a new center to provide professional solar training in the Greater Toronto Area, with 28 students completing the course.
Students spent 5 days training under OSA's lead instructor and NABCEP-certified installer, Sean White with many hours devoted to hands-on workshops, extensive practical experience in solar site evaluation, installation, and wiring.
OSA's director, Jacob Travis, said, "the bottleneck in Canada's solar industry isn't technological or even financial; there's a critical shortage of trained professionals."
A recent survey commissioned by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) backed up these claims. CanSIA's survey found that after an anticipated doubling of the workforce by 2012, more than half of all solar companies in Canada will face severe labor shortages, with installer positions accounting for 78% of all unmet demand, followed closely by system designers (51%), project managers (40%), and engineers (40%). So solar training programs are crucial to filling this demand.
Both OSA and the Ontario Solar Network plan to take advantage of the "solar rush" stemming from the Ontario Power Authority's feed-in-tariff (FIT / microFIT) incentive programs. Phil Winters, CEO of E-Gen Power, suggests that, "the feed-in-tariffs have created a great opportunity for anyone with a roof to become a solar power plant owner. However, trained design and installations teams are critical to the success of the Ontario program."
OSA offers solar training courses at least once a month in Toronto. Upcoming sessions are slated to begin March 22, April 26, and May 24, with new locations throughout Ontario scheduled for the future. Ontario Solar Academy is a division of Solar Academy International, which plans to open new centers in the US, Canada, and emerging markets around the world. For more information on OSA, visit www.SolarAcademy.ca.
So if you are in the area and would like to participate in this top notch solar training program I would suggest you sign up quickly as places are bound to go.
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