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New green career prospects at Calderdale College

30th July 2012 <b>New</b> green career prospects at Calderdale College

The chance to learn practical skills in solar energy technology is being offered by Calderdale College with a new course in the Installation of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Systems.

Programme Manager John Eastwood and Course tutor Greg O’Shea have been trying out the practical side of the course completing a test installation of the panels during this week’s sunny weather.

The three week Level 3 course is aimed at electricians who want to extend the scope of their work, and become involved in this rapidly expanding industry. Students will learn to work with the small scale solar PV systems available in the UK market, covering installations up to 5KWp output. Other subjects covered on the course include regulations and standards, AC and DC theory, cell types and benefits and circuit design.

With an increasing amount of households going green and having solar panels fitted in a bid to reduce bills and protect the environment there has never been a better time to train in this new qualification. PV cells capture and convert sunlight, even on a cloudy day, into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting. The College’s own solar panels have generated 23 million watts of energy, which is equivalent of boiling a kettle constantly for 68 weeks!

Programme Manager John Eastwood said: “Our external audit from City and Guilds has just been completed with full accreditation given to all our courses and their endorsement that we ‘are by far the best College they have visited this year’.”

The photovoltaic course will appeal to anyone who sees the potential for solar power and recognises that it is becoming a big growth area. Calderdale College’s new green curriculum courses are at the forefront of training in renewable technology.

Calderdale College has also recently gained planning permission for a new building devoted to the teaching of renewable technologies adjacent to the £8m Inspire Centre which opened in September 2011.

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