Wagner Academy, the PV training school set up by the newly-formed UK arm of Wagner Solar, has received the SOLAR Industry Award 2011 in the Industry Development category. The accolade was presented to the UK-based academy at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC).
The academy, launched in April this year by the PV and solar thermal systems supplier, provides further training to PV installers accredited under the UK’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
“We have decided to specifically open the training school to target already accredited solar installers,” said Wagner Solar’s Marketing Manager, Kamil Shah, who also initiated the training school. “Once the MCS accreditation is complete, installers are alone. It is up to them to source products, market their services, advise homeowners about technology and sell and install a solar system. Our training school is unique in that now, the installers are no longer alone. They have the possibility to keep up with product technology and advanced installation techniques through participation, which ultimately will help the industry at large by delivering a better quality image, service and reputation. We are overwhelmed that the prestigious SOLAR Industry Awards have recognised us as the strongest new development in the industry.”
The academy is to educate installers about mounting PV systems, ensuring that they take into account weather loads, tension and expansion due to changes in temperature, as well as informing them of product and industry developments. Operating as a non-profit scheme, the academy offers places on a first-come-first-served basis.