SOURCE: Ontario Solar Academy

Ontario Solar Academy - PV Design & Installation Training

October 07, 2010 09:40 ET

First Nations Join Ontario's Green Boom, Kicking off With Solar Panel Installation Training

Ontario Solar Academy Launches Aboriginal Division With PV Design and Installation Training for Curve Lake First Nation Community

TORONTO--(Marketwire - October 7, 2010) -  ISPQ-accredited, Canadian solar training school, Ontario Solar Academy (OSA), just completed a 5-day training session with 27 First Nation students in Curve Lake, Ontario. The program prepared participants with the skills needed to launch green careers in the province's expanding renewable energy market. Billed as an opportunity to "Become an Expert in the Solar PV Industry," the training kicked off a 7-week program ending November 12, during which skilled tradesmen, entrepreneurs, as well as the unemployed, master the business, technical, and regulatory aspects of solar development. Following the first week of PV design and installation classes, graduates will install 10kW of solar capacity on the Curve Lake First Nation Reservation

According to OSA Director Jacob Travis, "The instruction provided is identical to what we offer at our training center, with classes focusing on installation, costing, system design, regulatory considerations, and site evaluation." He adds, "The province's green revolution is one of inclusion -- everyone has a role to play."

OSA's five-day solar PV design and installation course is just the first of several activities scheduled over the seven-week program, planned jointly by Curve Lake First Nation, Sunrise Power, Green Eagle Solar, the Akwesasne Economic Development Agency, Ontario Solar Network, and OSA. Organizers wanted participants to develop a foundation in solar PV design and installation, including numerous safety considerations, before branching into related areas, including solar sales, manufacturing, and management.

The Curve Lake training has generated great interest in the First Nations communities, and Ontario Solar Academy is developing an Aboriginal Division to focus on the needs of this important sector.

OSA's next 5-day Solar PV Design & Installation class is scheduled for October 25-29. Discounts exist for early enrollment. Visit for more.

About Ontario Solar Academy:

As Canada's only ISPQ-accredited solar training institute, Ontario Solar Academy uses NABCEP learning objectives, quickly advancing expertise in solar design and installation. Its 5-Day Solar PV Training includes hands-on workshops that prepare participants for NABCEP's PV Entry Level Exam.

About Curve Lake First Nation:

Home of the Mississauga Ojibway, Curve Lake Reservation outside of Peterborough covers three separate reserves, one of which it shares with the Hiawatha and Scugog First Nations near Trent Waters.