An PV installation academy has been opened

A manufacturer of solar PV panels has set up a Renewable Energy Academy in response to the growing demand for solar installations.

The statistics for UK solar installations is expected to reach 180,000 by 2015 according to the solar panel manufacturer Sharp. The company has claimed that this demand will generate a market of over £500 million per year for professional solar panel installers.

Growing demand across Britain for solar PV has been proven to be a direct response to the Feed-In Tariff scheme, which sees households receive payments for solar PV installations.

As a response to this blossoming market, Sharp has set up its very own Renewable Energy Academy.

The academy is based in Llay, near Wrexham and aims to help reach the expected demand for solar installations in the UK.

Between 25 to 50 people will be trained at the Sharp academy every month. Trainees will range from electricians, roofers, building contractors to heating engineers.

The courses provided consist of a blend of classroom discussion and hands-on installation experience on simulated rooftops. Examples of courses include ‘Awareness of the Renewables Industry’ and the ‘Solar Photovoltaic Installation Training Programme’.

Installers to pass through the Sharp Renewable Energy Academy will also be invited to attend additional training to become an accredited Sharp PV-Partner.

And, to celebrate the opening of the academy, Sharp is also hosting a competition to offer free solar PV installer training. Six lucky people will be able to win a place on one of the Sharp Renewable Academy courses.


  • Peter Billington 15th May 2011

    We are a small electrical contractor considering training to install Solar Pv ‘s and getting MCS approval, can you please advise of available courses, cost and location.

  • lee nunan 2nd August 2011

    hi i would be interested in the free coarse if possible … i am a eletrician in leeds west yorkshire .

  • mark knapper 17th August 2011

    I would be very interested in the free solar pv course! But is anything free, you will probanly say i have been unsuccessfull but then send me a load of bumff about courses and how much they cost. I cannot understand why traing companies and the goverment have not got together to offer subsidised, or sponsosred courses, if they preaching solar and renewable energies? Encourage tradesmen to set up business and reduce the initial cost of training and becoming registered as a domestic installer..

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