SOURCE: Ontario Solar Academy

Ontario Solar Academy - PV Design & Installation Training

May 17, 2010 04:56 ET

Ontario Solar Academy Triples PV Training Capacity

Canada's Premier Solar School Expands Training Capacity Due to Growing Demand for Qualified PV Installers

TORONTO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  On the heels of 694 recently approved renewable energy projects in the province, Ontario Solar Academy (OSA) has established itself a new 8,000 square foot facility in Vaughan, a city just north of Toronto. The move allows OSA to run three times as many training classes every month -- an expansion deemed increasingly necessary due to capacity constraints and renewed interest in green careers across the province.

Since its launch earlier this year, OSA has graduated over 75 alumni, with another 27 slated for May. The Academy's 5-day solar training courses have consistently sold out in advance. David Gower, Associate Director of OSA, explains, "To ensure our students master the necessary installation and safety principles, we must keep class sizes small. The only way to meet demand is to expand the number of solar courses we offer." 

The new solar classes also offer additional opportunities for students to meet important stakeholders in Ontario's expanding solar community. OSA's Director, Jacob Travis, explains, "Last month, James Goodnight of Schneider Electric spoke to our students about the launch of their domestic content-approved solar inverters. Before that, James Fraser of the Electrical Safety Authority, came to discuss the process his organization undergoes when approving PV installations for feed-in-tariff status." He adds, "More classes means more opportunities for key solar industry leaders in Ontario to meet our students, and vice versa." 

Ontario's solar industry is expanding rapidly, thanks to feed-in-tariff incentives and aggressive renewable energy legislation. However, a CanSIA labour market survey details how an impending bottleneck could curb continued growth in the absence of qualified solar professionals. 

OSA offers monthly training classes in the Toronto area. The next three solar courses are June 14 - 18, June 21 - 25, and June 28 - July 2, with three to four courses per month thereafter. For more information on solar installation classes, visit www.SolarAcademy.ca.

About Ontario Solar Academy:

Ontario Solar Academy uses NABCEP learning objectives to quickly advance 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.