Great news for people looking to get into the solar industry in the UK as a new solar training centre is opening in Merseyside, in north-west England.
The training centre will be dedicated to microgeneration technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines which will open later this year.
The Green Energy Training Centre (GETC), which cost £280,000 ($420,000) to establish, will provide solar training involving heat pumps, solar panels and other renewable energy forms such as wind turbines to help installers become qualified for the UK governments microgeneration certification scheme (MCS).
Mark McManus, UK managing director of Stiebel Eltrons, said: "If we are to meet the UKs target of 15 per cent of UK energy coming from renewable sources by 2020, there is a desperate need to improve the quantity and calibre of training available specifically in microgeneration technology. This is precisely what the GETC will focus on."
"Today renewables account for less than two per cent of energy production and by 2016 all new homes built must be carbon neutral,"
Newly introduced feed-in-tariffs similar to the ones in Germany are expected to make interest in solar energy soar as it will allow homeowners and businesses to save money on fuel bills, as well as paying them for any surplus energy they send to the National Grid.
Scientiam managing director Mandi O'Shea said, "In the teeth of a recession and with youth unemployment at its highest level since records began, we need to train young people in a sector where there is a massive jobs demand, and there is committed long-term investment."
This is just one of many new solar training programs that are being introduced to meet the expected demand for solar energy.
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