Interest in PV training could be on the rise if a trial of the grid-connected solar-powered SunMast street light goes well.

According to ClickGreen, the device has been installed in South Mimms, Hertfordshire by KN Network Services (KNNS) and generates electricity via PV panels on its base.

Speaking to the environment news website, managing director of the firm's UK arm Mark Cassidy suggested the timing of the trial is "perfect" and could help local authorities to continue to illuminate roads without worrying about funding.

If the test goes well, technicians with PV training may be brought in to install more of the machines, which generate more power than they consume.

"With local councils across the UK under pressure to cut budgets, there has been much discussion about turning off street lights to save money," added Mr Cassidy.

Another area due to benefit from solar panels is the Scottish Buchan countryside, with Edinburgh architect David Gauld having submitted several applications to create solar farms in the region, reported the Press and Journal.

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