What is a Solar Installer?
Solar energy can be used to generate:
- heat water (hot water cylinders and swimming pools)
- heat or cool buildings
Scientists these days are studying various ways of utilising the energy of the sun to create sustainable energy without damaging our planet. Most countries are moving forward in this direction.
It is because of this, that companies and private individuals are installing solar power units into the businesses and residential homes.
Solar Installers have a very exciting job of being at the forefront of technology and being part of the movement towards saving our planet. If this excites you, then this is the job for you!
To become a Solar Installer, you do need training and depending and the amount of training will be determined by the exact form of solar installation you want to do.
What does a Solar Installer do?
- meets with clients to discuss requirements
- measures and takes notes
- installs, services and fixes solar equipment
- keeps records
- keeps up to date with new technology
Are you . . . ?
- interested in a ‘green’ career?
- interested in saving our planet?
- technical and practical?
- good with your hands?
- able to read and take directions?
How do I become a Solar Installer?
Training will depend on what field of solar installation you want to get involved in. A background in electricity or engineering would be an advantage.
Here are a few training options for you:
- SOLAR CON
Provides training in various aspects of solar.
- SESSA: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
- WATERSMITH TRAINING CENTRE
Offers accredited courses in solar water heating installation (NQF Level 4)
Minimum requirement: You must be a Qualified Plumber
- SA PLUMBING TRADE SCHOOL
Offers Solar Geyser Installation Courses
- CEF GROUP OF COMPANIES
‘There is a registered unit standard on a NQF level 3 that has been accepted by the South African Qualifications Authority. The unit standard relates to the installation of solar water heater systems. The code of practice and the NQF unit standard will form the basis of the training within the project. Currently the training material is being designed to assist in the process of training new and current solar water heater installers.’ – CEF
Is becoming a Solar Installer the right career choice for me?