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Skillbuild Training conducts their first New Zealand Solar training

New Zealand Solar training

Skillbuild Training conducts their first New Zealand solar training.

The Solar industry in New Zealand is just developing. To get the industry up and running the Rexel/Ideal Group NZ enlisted Skillbuild to give a Solar training course for its customers. This comprehensive 4-day course was held in Auckland in November 2017. The aim was to give the electricians a full Clean Energy Council Accreditation. Thus, arming them with the right skills and knowledge to give the industry a boost.

“We have a fledgling renewable industry here in New Zealand and we need to take it a step up” said John Bevan – Energy Efficiency Manager for Rexel Group New Zealand. “The way to change that is to offer training. Rexel Group spoke to Skillbuild, who are an accredited training organisation, to skill up our electricians in New Zealand. The aim was to bring their knowledge up to level that they will be competent and will do a good service to their customers.”

Giving the right knowledge.

This will give the students the edge as they will be at the forefront of technology and installations. “It is a comprehensive course with half theory and half hands on.” John said. “The good thing about Skillbuild is that the trainers themselves are electricians, they have experience in the industry. The advantage of using people from Australia is that that industry has been going for a long time and that experience is valuable for New Zealand.” John added.

Skillbuild Training are happy to help the New Zealand Solar market grow and look forward to more courses in the future.

Here is the video.


Do I have to be an electrician to do the course?

Non-electricians can do the ‘Design’ accreditation if they are Electrical Engineers or have a Restricted Electrical License. Only licensed electricians can do the Design and Install accreditation.

What is the advantage of getting Clean Energy Council accreditation?

Accreditation enables you to get access to any government incentives. Initially, this was an $8000 grant, then it became RECs and now called they are STCs. This incentive could make the price of a 1.5 kilowatt system up to $800 cheaper.

My customers think that solar is too expensive and are reluctant to install it.

When electricity prices are double what they are now the cost is halved. In the course, we do some calculations which typically show that for a 1.5 kilowatt system the payback period is 3-6 years. As the panels have a 25-year warranty this means a lot of electricity for free for many years. There are other considerations which we discuss in the class.