New solar skills project for London

Solar Energy UK and the Mayor of London have launched ‘Solar Skills London’, a project to provide training and support for people who want to pursue a career in the solar industry.

The project has five intended objectives:

·         The development of a solar PV learner curriculum

·         A series of introductory workshops for potential new solar industry trainees

·         The creation of a placement programme for trainees with London solar businesses

·         The publication of an online solar training and careers hub for the Capital

·         A grants scheme to help London’s solar businesses provide training for their employees

The Mayor of London is targeting 1GW of solar deployment by the end of the decade and new solutions have also been developed to make planning solar energy projects easier, including the London Solar Opportunity Map.

Solar Energy UK chief executive Chris Hewett comments: “We are delighted to launch this project with the Mayor of London. Solar power is clean, affordable and straightforward to deploy. This project will help equip the next generation of skilled solar technicians and boost London’s hopes of delivering a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

The association is calling on the government to enable the deployment of 40 GW of solar energy in the UK by 2030, triple today’s levels, in line with independent analysis by the Climate Change Committee of the UK’s solar needs if it is to have a carbon net zero economy by 2050.

14 GW of solar power has been deployed to date across all market sectors in the UK, and there is at least 17 GW in the pipeline as of May 2021. [5]

For more information visit the Solar Skills London project page

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