London Mayor and Solar Energy UK back installer training with £300 grants


Trade body Solar Energy UK and London’s Mayor have launched a grant scheme to boost installation skills. 

The scheme forms part of Solar Skills: London, a bigger project fostering training and support for people in the capital who want to pursue a career in the solar industry.

Eligible solar companies and contractors working on domestic and commercial rooftop projects can apply for up to £300 to help with cost of courses. Technologies covered included photovoltaics, solar thermal, batteries, EVs and health and safety.

The scheme will have two application windows. The first window opened on Tuesday 20 July; it runs noon on Tuesday 10 August. The second round of the scheme will run over the winter. 

London’s solar capacity is growing, and the Mayor of London is targeting 1GW of solar deployment by 2030. This could provide enough power to run over half a million electric vehicles each year. 

Chris Hewett of Solar Energy UK said, “This is an exciting opportunity for London’s solar businesses. The funding we are making available, with the support of the Mayor of London, will enable solar technicians to develop their skills.

“Solar power, energy storage systems and electric vehicles are vital to delivering a net zero capital. Now is the time to support the solar companies that are helping to realise London’s solar potential. We encourage everyone who is eligible to apply for a grant.”

Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor for environment and energy, said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Solar Energy UK to invest in London’s solar workforce. 

“This programme will provide training and apprenticeships in solar technologies and help create more green jobs. 

“The Mayor has ambitious plans for solar energy in London which will support his target of reaching net zero carbon by 2030 and support green jobs for Londoners, a key part of his Green New Deal mission for London’s recovery.”

Full details of the grant scheme, including eligibility criteria and an application form, are available here.   For more information on Solar Skills: London, visit the project page


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