As part of the City’s effort to shift from dependency on Eskom and help locals, communities and organisations move towards using alternative energy, the City is now offering qualified technicians and electricians incentives to train to become certified PV GreenCard installers.
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 over 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 a solar panel installer and their customers that systems are installed safely and at a very 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 offering are encouraged to register fast as classes fill up quickly, every DOL-registered electrician qualifies for the incentive.
Electricians without DOL registration could be considered with 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
These incentivised training courses not only broaden opportunities for technicians and entrepreneurs, allowing them to enter the renewable energy sector, but also allow for more availability of professionals to provide solar power to those in need.
These courses will also increase opportunities for female electricians as they allow for full incentives offering 100% free qualifications.
Since the pilot programme kicked off in April 2017, over 100 installers and electricians have been trained at SARETEC.
Those interested in doing the programme can find more information about the courses here and make use of promotional codes GreenCape75 for male electricians and GreenCape100 for female electricians to apply the incentive.