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In the Spotlight - Installation & Maintenance of Small Scale Solar (PV) Systems (2399). Places Now Available!

16th August 2013

According to Calderdale Council, in 2010 Calderdale spent £368 million on energy which is expected to rise to over £500 million per annum by 2020. To meet 2020 targets there is now an ever growing demand for renewable technologies and great potential to substantially reduce carbon emissions in Calderdale and beyond through cost effective methods that would not only pay for themselves over their lifetime, but also generate an income.

Associations such as NICEIC or NAPIT, IET and APHC are urging installers who want to learn more about environmental technologies ahead of the Green Deal which is due to take off this Autumn, to consider gaining the City & Guilds 2399 qualification. The Energy Minister, Greg Barker has a target of 10,000 Green Deal plans to meet by the end of this year. With the current Green Deal finance plan total at only 36 there is now an enormous drive towards renewable energy which will contribute to cutting emissions to meet 2020 targets.

With renewable energy being highly sought after and only 1,234 Green Deal installers operating across the country there is now a huge demand for qualified installers and a significant amount of money to be made.

Calderdale College is now running the Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Small Scale Solar (PV) Systems City and Guilds(2399) short course from September this year in the new 8 million pound state of the art Technology Centre.

With brand new facilities, experienced tutors, close ties with Solarlex and great partnerships, the Technology Centre at Calderdale College is the best place to learn about new technologies in West Yorkshire.

This new qualification has superseded the City and Guilds 2372 and is the recognised qualification for electricians who want to be able to design, install, test, commission, maintain and repair Solar PV systems. The 2399 is vital if you or your company want to gain MCS accreditation as a Green Deal Installer. The course provides the opportunity to install solar panels on a simulated indoor roof, test and commission an existing unit and to fault find.

Entry Requirements: City and Guilds 2394/5 are required by competent body schemes such as NICEIC and NAPIT for membership and Joint Industry Board for 'Approved Electrician' status, however all applicants with relevant experience will be interviewed.

When: The full-time short course takes place every Wednesday between 9.00am - 5.00pm over a three week period.

Cost: £565

Suitable for: The course is suitable for all electricians, technicians, mechanical engineers, managers and those who work closely within the electrical installation sector. This qualification is ideal for those who want to develop their skills to install and maintain environmental technology systems from solar thermal hot water systems to solar photovoltaic to water harvesting and recycling or heat pumps.

If you are interested in becoming a qualified installer and require more information on our short course please call John Boardman 01422 357 357 (ext: 9718), alternatively please email

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