Wagner Academy Solar Training School Wins SOLAR Industry Award
- Published: Sunday, 18 September 2011 10:34
Wagner Solar UK Ltd (Wagner Solar) receives acknowledgement for its Solar Training School, picking up the Industry Development Category Award for the SOLAR Industry Awards 2011.
The Award was presented in Hamburg to coincide with the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU-PVSEC), Europe's most important event in the PV sector.
Wagner Solar's training school is designed to provide advanced training for installers of PV, so is specifically aimed at solar installers who are already MCS accredited. The solar industry is growing at an unprecedented pace and technology is advancing at speeds rarely seen before. PV installers, who are specifying and installing systems for the general public, are the industry's representation to the end public and thus the backbone of the industry, so it is vital for them to keep up-to-date with ever advancing technology and changes in the industry.
Kamil Shah, Marketing Manager at Wagner Solar and who initiated the Wagner Academy training school, commented, "We have decided to specifically open the training school to target already accredited solar installers. Once the MCS accreditation is complete, installers are alone. It is up to them to source product, market their services, advice homeowners about technology and sell/install a solar system. Our training school is unique in that now, the installers are no longer alone. They have the possibility to keep up with product technology and advanced installation techniques through participation, which ultimately will help the industry at large by delivering a better quality image, service and reputation - we are overwhelmed that the prestigious SOLAR Industry Awards have recognised us as the strongest new development in the industry."
Another core subject area of the Wagner Academy is a focus on the mounting of PV systems. PV installers typically come from an electrical background, so the PV system connection is a natural progression in their expertise. Working at height and integrating a roof mounting rail to hold the solar modules on the other hand, is a completely new skill. Speaking further, Shah commented, "A PV system must remain on the roof for 25 years and beyond to outlast the FIT. This means it must be capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions such as heavy snow and extreme wind. The last think we want is for systems to fall off roofs in 10 years' time, so we must train installers to calculate weather loads, tension and expansion from changing temperature. The installation element of our training is designed to teach calculations - knowledge which helps installers to complete a safe and quality assured installation."
Through the Wagner Academy, Wagner Solar is demonstrating a corporate commitment to delivering a better quality and better regarded industry. The Academy operates as a non-profit initiative and places are offered to installers on a first come first served basis.
Installers wishing to find out more information can contact Wagner Solar by calling 01243 649 035
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