Are you ready to lead the solar generation?

If you’re a qualified solar PV electrician, you would know that the renewable energy market is expanding rapidly. In fact, right now Australia is a world leader in household solar PV with 15 % of households on average installing solar panels. With energy price uncertainty, issues of climate change, government subsidies, and rapid technology improvements, more consumers are turning to new energy technologies to source and manage their energy.

Last year, six solar panels were being installed per minute. Never before have we seen such high demand for qualified solar electricians. And the numbers continue to grow.

While rooftop solar is the most commonly installed technology in households, solar batteries aren’t far behind. Similar to electric vehicles, the battery market is set to boom over the next decade, as technology rapidly evolves and more consumers look to complement their existing solar systems or newly purchase the whole package.

Media Director Mark Bretherton from the Clean Energy Council says that there are now over 2.1 million households with solar PV systems installed.

“Government rebates are giving people access to affordable solar panels and batteries, putting demand at record levels.”

Buying Solar PV on its own is likely to become a thing of the past. Like a television and a DVD player in the 2000s, solar systems – panels and batteries – go hand in hand. This means that designing and installing them do too – all you need is the right training and accreditation.

Lead the future.

Consumers want safe and effective installations, which means using electricians who are qualified to do it right. With this in mind, it’s critical that you cover all grounds in your training and certifications in both solar PV and batteries.

In short, you need to hold a Clean Energy Council solar accreditation, with battery storage endorsement. And to do this, you need the right kind of training.

The New Energy Technology Systems (NETS) course is industry designed and approved training. It’s created to give you the tools, knowledge and resources to safely and effectively design and install solar batteries. The course is supported by the Victorian Government as part of the Workforce Training Innovation Fund to address the shortage of qualified solar battery electricians as the industry prepares for increased consumer uptake.

Future Energy Skills Executive Officer Alex Newman, who’s organisation is leading the project, explains the critical need for solar battery designers and installers within the electrical industry.

A rapid growth in solar has called for an urgent increase in skills. This training comes at a pivotal time, preparing the workforce to meet the upcoming demand.

The course combines practical work and theory based on real life products, data sheets, scenarios and more to ensure you’re ready to jump right in upon completion. In just five days, you’ll have everything you need to prepare for the solar battery boom.

Most importantly, you’ll know how to work with your customers to design the perfect solar system for their budget and lifestyle, and be safe and compliant when installing it. You’ll be a leading expert – one step ahead of the game in the renewable energy industry.

Chris Gratton, who completed the course earlier this year, says it’s given him not only the confidence to work with solar batteries, but also widened his skillset to cater to “not just one line of work, but all of it.”

“The future is batteries and solar,” he says.

The NETS course is a nationally recognised qualification, and only delivered at Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). It has been designed and endorsed by key industry members including Clean Energy Council, Energy Safe Victoria, Electrical Trades Union and Country Fire Authority.

Enrol now to get ahead of the game.