In an industry that keeps growing exponentially through continued investment and financing from both private and public funding, the search for quality and recognition will be necessary for the future. Even a medium sized solar system which generates around 815 kWh a month, and cost around $10,000 and has a lifetime up to 30 years, is a major investment for most homeowners. So how does the industry guarantee quality installations across the board for different markets and applications? The answer is the NABCEP Certification, a nationally recognized credential to that indicates an installer has the experience and knowledge to perform safe, effective work. It is not a mandatory certification, but is increasingly becoming more valuable as it demonstrates that you have a qualifying level of solar PV training and thus are competent in the field.
Global wind energy capacity has seen spectacular growth in recent years. The United States and China led the pack in 2012, each adding approximately 13 gigawatts (GW) of new wind capacity. While the most efficient wind turbines are already approaching grid parity, on the whole, wind still requires some form of government support to serve as a viable alternative to fossil fuels.
By Suttida Yang
The growth of solar power is continuing its trend upwards and so is the amount of promoted DIY solar panel kits out on web. DIY solar panel kits may seem like the ideal solution as you may initially think it’s going to help cut down on cost; however, this isn’t necessarily the case. Professional solar installers go through a significant amount of training to be experts in their trade, with some even receiving advanced accreditations like a NABCEP Certification.
Here are six reasons why you shouldn’t go the DIY solar route:
The growth of the solar industry may soon face the reality of not having enough skilled workers to satisfy demand, suggests a recent report by The Solar Foundation and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Despite a dragging economy overall, installed solar capacity has increased dramatically in the past few years. In 2011 alone, the cumulative installed solar capacity in the United States nearly doubled from 2,095 MW to 3,950 MW. Should the industry continue along the base-line forecast, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) forecasts that 75% of the U.S. solar market will attain grid-parity by 2015. This could unlock even higher levels of adoption and create a real distance between the demand and supply of solar installation professionals.
The report suggests that this growth has been fueled by more than just government incentives; “evidence shows that a qualified, trained, and certified workforce performs installations that result in fewer problems at the time of inspection and, as such, have a direct impact on lowering costs for project developers, consumers, and inspection authorities.” Furthermore, as the industry matures, labor productivity increases and fewer employees are required per megawatt of equipment production or system installation, lowering the price further.