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Solar PV Electrifying The South East

It's very likely that some of you may have read or heard about the recent government review of the Solar PV FeedIn Tariffs, which is currently taking a look at protecting the support given to the residential PV solar market and felt to be increasingly affected by the larger scale industrial solar panel installations of over 50kW capacity.Despite the understandable concern, it is undoubtedly, the domestic residential sector, which is seen to be the vital and important part of the government commitment to converting the UK's reliance on fossil fuels for lighting and heating to a sustainable energy source in the decades to come.In just 12 months since the launch of the FeedIn Tariff scheme, 42mW of solar PV panels were installed on the roofs of 16,000 UK homes and commercial buildings. Awareness of photovoltaic systems of energy sourcing directly from sunlight has created a growing demand for installing solar PV technology. Consequently, there has been a doubling of the numbers of trained and qualified PV installers to over an estimated 17,500, the majority of whom are working within the 2-50kW residential homeowner and small business sector.However, the numbers of PV installers who have correctly trained and qualified on solar PV courses and solar courses (thermal energy heating) must increase substantially to meet the increasing number of solar installation projects announced almost on a daily basis now. The fledgling renewable energy market is rapidly expanding and is one area of employment where prospects are extremely positive. This is especially good news for career change candidates and those working electricians or plumbers who wish to add solar electricity or solar heating to their list of services.Recent examples of the rapid take up in the South East of England alone include, the commencement of a 75kW solar system on the Dorset south coast, which will be one of the largest PV installations in the region when completed in May 2011; a Croydon residential development of solar PV panels mounted on pitched roofs for a social housing scheme, generating 40.33kWp over 13 separate plots, estimated to provide at least 33,617 kWh per annum - and a Wates social housing project in London's North Finchley, which sees five flat roof apartment blocks mounted with a 26.64kWp array of PV panels, which will generate around 23,000kWh per annum.Even just a brief glance shows the obvious growing job advantages for candidates who graduate from one of AbleSkills approved and accredited City & Guilds/BPEC/NICEIC renewable energy courses in both the immediate and long term future.