Lanier Technical College in Georgia, USA will soon hold its second class of students for solar training.
Solar training instructor Bill Silva said the class is the only entry-level PV solar training course in Georgia offering certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
“Lanier Tech really wanted to offer that here,” Bill said. “We have corporate sponsors who are leaders in the industry who provided the brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment. It’s pretty nice.”
Silva, who also serves as president of United Renewable Energy, was asked by the college to teach the course as the first of many steps toward offering a full degree in renewable energy.
Bills company delivers solar energy systems to businesses and homes, focusing on solar photovoltaic systems. And the business also helped found the college’s solar PV lab.
Increasing energy requirements coupled with the depletion of fossil fuels around the world have pushed people to move towards alternate or renewable energy sources. The renewables market in India is mainly dominated by Wind, Solar PV and Solar Thermal energy systems.Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems use cells which directly convert sunlight into electricity. These cells are made up of special substances known as semiconductors which perform the conversion process. Global Solar PV installations reached 6.43 GW in 2009 - an increase of about 6% over the year 2008. The revenue generated from these installations reached $38 billion globally. European countries account for the vast majority of the installations, which total about 4.1GW.