How to become a Renewable Energy Installer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Renewable energy installers fit, service and repair microgeneration systems in domestic and commercial properties. This type of technology generates small amounts of energy from renewable sources, such as sunlight or wind. Typical microgeneration systems fitted include solar photovoltaic (PV) panel systems and wind turbines, which both produce electricity, and ground- and air-source heat pumps, solar thermal panel systems and biomass boilers, which produce heat. Both domestic and non-domestic customers may be eligible to receive payments under government-funded schemes that are designed to encourage the take-up of renewable energy solutions. For example, Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments are paid to eligible homeowners, business owners, charities and public bodies who have installed microgeneration heating systems in their property. However, the value of such payments has been cut in recent years.

Anyone starting up as a renewable energy installer must have extensive experience of working with electrical and heating systems, and many start-up installers already trade as an electrician, central heating engineer or similar tradesman. Installers who carry out work with gas appliances and gas systems are strictly regulated and must be registered with Gas Safe Register. However, this is covered separately in BOP 2, Gas and Central Heating Engineer. Training as an electrician or plumber is covered in BOP 51, Electrician, and BOP 282, Plumber, respectively.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a renewable energy installer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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