Under the banner of its Green Antigua campaign APUA hosted a one week training program which certified 25 persons as Solar PV System Installers. During a week of intense training conducted by the internationally accredited company, Solar Energy International, a cross section of members from the private and public sector, learned how to design and install solar energy systems. They were exposed to a theoretical and practical component and will continue their training online to learn how to install battery based systems. The training of these now certified installers is part of the first phase of rolling out the newly instated Interconnection Policy. This policy allows private homes and businesses the right to obtain power using alternative energy, such as solar or wind powered systems. The 25 trained installers are now officially recognized by the Authority and will be the only individuals certified to install a system. Phase two of rolling out the Interconnection Policy will speak to educating the public on the policy and its benefits. It will also open the registration process for those individuals who are ready to have a system installed on their homes. To assist in making this process viable the government will be offering duty exemption on the importation of alternative energy systems. The Interconnection Policy is one of the initiatives APUA has instituted in efforts to become an environmentally conscious company.
October 22nd 2012