Wagner Solar UK’s solar training school has won the SOLAR Industry Award 2011 in the Industry Development category. The award was presented to the UK-based academy in Hamburg this week, coinciding with the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC).

The Wagner Academy, launched in April this year by the photovoltaics and solar thermal manufacturer and supplier, provides PV installers accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) with advanced training.

The academy aims to school installers about the mounting of PV systems at height – taking into account weather loads, tension and expansion due to temperature changes – as well as keeping them up-to-date with product and industry developments. Operating as a not-for-profit scheme, the academy offers places on its course on a first-come-first-served basis.

“We have decided to specifically open the training school to target already accredited solar installers,” said Wagner Solar’s Marketing Manager, Kamil Shah, who also initiated the training school. “Once the MCS accreditation is complete, installers are alone. It is up to them to source products, market their services, advise homeowners about technology and sell and install a solar system. Our training school is unique in that now, the installers are no longer alone. They have the possibility to keep up with product technology and advanced installation techniques through participation, which ultimately will help the industry at large by delivering a better quality image, service and reputation. We are overwhelmed that the prestigious SOLAR Industry Awards have recognised us as the strongest new development in the industry.”