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The buoyancy in the market and increased demand for skilled professionals means that for tradespeople with transferable skills, solar presents a huge opportunity to grow your business and provide your customers with technology which is of increasing demand.
Solar technologies harvest the suns energy to create heat or power. The most commonly applied technology is Solar photovoltaic (PV). Solar PV systems convert energy from the sun into electricity through semi-conductor cells. Systems consist of semi-conductor cells connected together and mounted into modules. Modules are connected to an inverter to turn their direct current (DC) output into alternating current (AC) electricity for use in buildings. Photovoltaics supply electricity to the building they are attached to or to any other load connected to the electricity grid. Excess electricity can be sold to the National Grid when the generated power exceeds the local need. PV systems require only daylight, not sunlight to generate electricity (although more electricity is produced with more sunlight), so energy can still be produced in overcast or cloudy conditions.
Solar Thermal or Solar Water heating uses energy from the sun to heat water systems and PV-Thermal (PVT) is a hybrid system which provides both heat and electricity.
Solar technologies are particularly attractive to customers as they integrate well with existing energy systems, and can be gradually added to, creating a whole energy system. This system integrates solar technology with battery storage and electric-vehicle charging points and can be commissioned stages to help buyers to manage costs and minimise the impact on business continuity.
Demand for solar installations is high, and as the UK Government commits to gas-free homes by 2035, this will peak further over the next decade.
For plumbers and electricians that work with fossil fuel-based systems, the imperative to reskill will only increase over the next few years as businesses and homes begin to retrofit their systems and move towards renewable alternatives. This market is growing and at Green Economy, we are seeing a mass increase in tenders and sales opportunities from buyers within public sector, domestic retrofit schemes, business settings and new developments.
Green Economy partner, the Green Skills Academy, offers courses to reskill roofers, plumbers and electricians to install solar pv. Find out more information about the course on the GC Education and Skills website.