UK solar specialist Solarcentury is set to offer the opportunity for existing solar installers to become accredited energy assessors. As part of its partnership with PPL Training, Solarcentury will offer a discounted City & Guilds Diploma course in Domestic Energy Assessing.

This news comes after Government made the decision to link the solar feed-in tariff to the energy performance of a building. The new legislation means that all structures installing PV must meet at least EPC D requirements before the full tariff is paid. Many solar installers are expected to up-skill in this area as a direct result of the new requirements.

Ian Kenyon, Product Manager at Solarcentury, said: “Solarcentury is able to offer a discount on a six day Domestic Energy Assessing course, as we see this as an opportunity for solar installers to begin to offer assessments as an additional service to solar customers. As with our own Installer network, we want all installers to have access to affordable Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to ensure they are competitive in an ever changing market.”

PPL is the only training provider currently offering all five required property assessments in one course. By achieving a Domestic Energy Assessing (DEA) accreditation, solar PV installers will be qualified to join a DEA scheme and complete energy performance certificates (EPCs).