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Solar training could pay off ahead of Green Deal

Poorly installed solar panels are causing roof damage and leaks, prompting more home owners to turn to skilled tradesman who can properly install solar panels and PV systems.And just in time too, as more home owners than ever are set to give renewablesa go while the government's offering subsidised loans as part of its Green Deal.Train now with Able Skills and get set for the coming solar boom.It's official - more homeowners are embracing green technology and solar panels in a bid to save on their energy bills.In fact, so many people have turned to solar panels, Ofgem said, that residential installations reached a record high of 5,000 just last summer.But while solar panels are surging in popularity, many homeowners have been left unhappy with poor installations, which have caused damage to roofs, leading to leaks and water damage.Currently, there are no regulation standards to assure the quality installation of renewable and microgeneration equipment, allowing poorly qualified contractors to haphazardly install solar panels and other green technologies.However, experts believe that homeowners are increasingly turning to skilled tradesman, realising that hiring cheaper and under-trained contractors may cause damage that costs more to repair than saved.Meanwhile, the government's announced that only properly skilled and fully trained contractors will be able to install solar panels and renewable technologies that are part-funded by its Green Deal, causing some industry experts to believe that official regulations and installation standards could soon be introduced.And contractors can get into the industry and get fully trained ahead of the solar boom by training or retraining in renewables with Able Skills.We are members of the Solar Trade Association, the Ground Source Heath Pump Association and the Renewable Energy Association - so we're expertly able to offer training in renewables.At our Able Skills Renewable Energy Centre, first-time students and experienced tradesmen alike can train in renewable energy courses approved by BPEC, City & Guilds and NICEIC.We also offer under-floor heating installer courses and a renewable energy awareness course, which covers heat pumps, biomass heating and rainwater harvesting.So why not train with Able Skills and get set for the solar boom?