The Solomon Islands National University’s (SINU) School of Technology and Maritime Studies, Institute of Technology in partnership with Arizona State University, College of Technology and Innovation last week conducted a solar photovoltaic training for qualified electricians.
A statement from SINU said the course was designed to give the 29 participants who are all electricians the professional knowledge and skills in the proper installation, and management of solar PV products.
“In order to build and maintain clean energy infrastructure, a nation must ensure that its workforce possesses the skills and techniques necessary to design, install and maintain clean energy systems and the ability to transfer those skills to future generations in line with development of as time passes and technology progresses.
“Too many investments in clean energy systems fail due to lack of knowledge, training and industry connections to understand the requirements for the installation, operations and maintenance of these systems.
“This training responded to this issue and equipped the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for the proper design, installation, maintenance and management of Solar Photovoltaic equipment,” the statement.
It is the hope of SINU and its partners that those attending the training will use the knowledge and skills gained during the training to enhance their work in their respective organisations they work for to the next level and in their own professional careers into the future.
SINU acknowledged the responses from SIEA, Solomon Telekom, Island Enterprise, MID, small businesses and companies and individuals who attended the training.
This training was jointly funded by SINU and Arizona State University through funding from USAID through the Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) programme.
Similar training in Solar Photo Voltaic energy will be offered in the coming future for interested companies and individuals.