Cape Town is offering incentives to qualified technicians and electricians to train to become certified PV GreenCard installers. The move is part of the city’s effort to shift from dependency on Eskom, and to help local communities and organisations shift towards using alternative energy.
Professionals in the industry who qualify for training will receive incentives of a 75% fee reduction for male applicants and a 100% fee reduction for female applicants. The training spans five days with an extra two-day assessment to obtain a PV GreenCard. A voluntary certification and industry-led quality label, the PV GreenCard provides assurance to solar panel installers and their customers that systems are installed safely and at a high standard.
The next available dates for training at the ‘SuperSolarSchools’ hosted by Maxx-Solar and SARETEC in Cape Town are August 12 and October 21, 2019. Those interested in taking advantage of this offer are encouraged to register soon as classes fill up quickly – every DOL-registered electrician qualifies for the incentive. Electricians without DOL registration could be considered if they have the following qualifications or experience:
• Registered DOL Electrician (Trade test and Wireman’s)
• Qualified Electrician (Trade test only)
• Electrical Training (Electrician NQF 4)
• Registered Electrical/Solar PV Contractor
• PV/Electrical installation experience (Portfolio of Evidence – Reference)
• Registered business
The incentivised training courses broaden opportunities for technicians and entrepreneurs, allowing them to enter the renewables energy sector, and make available more professionals to provide solar power to those in need. The courses also increase opportunities for female electricians as they allow for full incentives offering 100% free qualifications. Since the pilot programme launched in April 2017, over 100 installers and electricians have been trained at SARETEC.