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The Importance Of Quality Training To The Success Of A Solar Business

One of the biggest factors in the success or failure of a solar installation company is quality training. I believed this when I first started working in the PV industry, and over the past 14 years, I’ve become even more convinced that quality training is one of the critical keys to success in this increasingly competitive field.

Unfortunately, I frequently see major design and installation mistakes made by solar installers that forgo training. These costly mistakes sometimes require complete system removal, redesign, and reinstallation of a PV system

Mistakes range from:

  • improperly size conductors and conduit
  • leaking roof penetrations
  • ill-advised interconnection methods
  • structurally compromised PV attachments

Simply put, quality solar training reduces the likelihood of mistakes. Based on following hundreds of solar companies that take this training, I have concluded that most recover their investment in quality solar training within the first few projects.

Another benefit of quality solar training is the increased confidence of knowing what you are doing, which translates to more confidence when interacting with customers. While customers may not know the technology like an installing contractor, they often know when someone is confident in their trade. Qualified trained installers exude confidence helping give your company a competitive edge.

Quality solar training is worth every penny, and I strongly encourage all new solar contractors to prioritise quality training for all their system designers, installers, and sales representatives.

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