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City of Cape Town supports training for solar PV installers

Solar PV installers can now register for training and assessment to become certified as PV GreenCard installers, and receive fee reduction incentives of up to 100%.

Supported by the City of Cape Town, technicians and electricians who qualify will receive incentives of 75% (for men) and 100% (for women). The training takes five days, followed by a two-day competency assessment for the PV GreenCard.

A voluntary certification and industry-led quality label, the PV GreenCard provides assurance to an installer and their customers that systems are installed safely and to a very high standard.

The next available start dates for training and assessment (called ‘SuperSolarSchools’), hosted by Maxx-Solar and SARETEC in Cape Town, are on 27 May 2019, 12 August 2019, and 21 October 2019.

Installers are encouraged to register fast as classes fill up quickly.

In terms of eligibility, every DOL registered electrician qualifies for the incentive.

Electricians without DOL registration should ideally have some of the following qualifications or experience:

·         Registered DoL Electrician (Trade test and Wiremans)

·         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

PV installer assessments

According to GreenCape, SARETEC has held seven incentivised PV installer assessments.

The addition of the incentivised training courses broadens opportunities for technicians and entrepreneurs to enter the renewable energy sector.

“The PV GreenCard will make me more marketable as a female electrician,” says Azania, the very first female beneficiary of the full incentive. “More female electricians should grab this opportunity. The training was very valuable and I appreciate the hands-on experience it gave me.”

Since the pilot programme kicked off in April 2017, over 100 installers and electricians have been trained at SARETEC.

To register, visit: https://www.maxx-academy.org/upcoming/region-ZA/cat-13-supersolarschool-basic-and-advanced/location-Cape%20Town/ Use the promotional codes GreenCape75 (male electricians) or GreenCape100 (female electricians) to get the incentive.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.