With the ever-growing market and demand for renewable energy across the United Kingdom, there has never been a better time to get into the renewable energy industry.
As the world continues to look for alternative sources of power, solar panels, wind turbines and solar thermal panels are finding themselves pushed forever more into the forefront of the race for clean energy.
In fact last year alone, the total demand for solar energy outstripped that of any other single fossil fuel. This has never happened before in history and is quite a significant achievement. Experts also expect that the demand for renewable energy shall grow by 8% percent every year until the year 2030. This is a massive growth and a very lucrative venture for anyone willing to take the next step in the world of renewable energy.
Before going any further though, it is important to know just how renewable energies work.
Solar photovoltaic panels (PV) work by absorbing the radiation given off by the sun and converting it into electricity. Although most people believe that solar panels are a diminished form of energy, this is simply not true. As the United Kingdom receives 60% of the sunlight received by countries on the equator such as Brazil, PV panels are an excellent provider of energy. Gratefully, they also work during times where the sun is not out but as the panels still receive diffused radiation, making them work all year round; 365 days a year.
Solar thermal panels are also very similar to PV panels though instead of providing electricity, they help heat the water requirements within your home. In fact that solar thermal panels are so great that they can save roughly 230kg of carbon dioxide being emitted every year if they replace a gas powered heating system.
The great news is that solar power provides that much energy that excess energy is often produced. This then means that any unnecessary energy can be fed into the national grid via a feed-in tariff. This means that you will be paid by your energy provider for providing them with energy.
But now that you know a little bit about renewable energies. How do you get into the industry?
Up and down the country renewable energy training centres have been cropping up that provide expert training for experienced roofers, plumbers and electricians wanting to ply their trade in the renewable markets.
One such training centre, the Ploughcroft Training Centre of Excellence, is a brilliant institution of practical education for the renewable industry. Providing City & Guilds qualifications and Logic approved assessments, the training centre works with some of the biggest names in the industry including NPower and Vaillant. With one day to six-day courses available, there’s something for just about any profession to try their hand at. The Domestic Energy Assessing City & Guild Level 3 Diploma is one such course that has been found to be hugely popular among delegates. Learning about health & safety, building construction and renewable energy sources amongst other things, the course offers a whole spectrum of information required for those wanting to break into the renewable energy industry.
What’s important to remember is that with billions of years of energy left in the sun for us to harbour, renewable and solar energy are going to be around for as long as us; with that in mind there really is no reason to invest in renewable energy it today.
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