PV Solar UK recently launched Scotland’s first solar photovoltaic (PV) training academy with Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing, MSP.

An independent domestic installer of PV systems, the company recently invested over £75,000 in staff training, including a purpose built facility located at its Cambuslang head office.

Doug Wilkie, UK Director of PV Solar said: “We use the most advanced simulation software to calculate how we can maximise the efficiency of every customer’s PV system and by making this investment in our people and technology, we have the potential to fundamentally change the way our clients consume energy.”

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish Government's ambition is to see more householders, public sector organisations and businesses generating their own energy from micro-renewables, moving the technology from a niche market to the mainstream.”

Since the Government announced the Feed in Tariff in April 2010, Ofgem has reported that of the 41,775 installations of PV systems in the UK, nearly 4% (1,543 installations) were in Scotland.

PV Solar’s new training facility has been designed with two types of roofing – slate and tile – which demonstrates to staff how a fully operational PV system can be installed on different roof surfaces.