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ZERA catalyzing the adoption of Solar PV System

The adoption of solar PV system has been hamstrung by a number of factors, chief among them the shortage of qualified system installers. Cognisant of this, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) embarked on series of Solar PV Installation trainings has aimed at capacitating installers to ensure their work meets the standards expected in the industry.

ZERA recently completed a four day Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system design and installation training in Mutare that was attended by 34 people trainees, of which six were women and 28 were men.

“We are very happy that we have reached our target for the year and we are looking forward to more trainings next year in different areas,” said Renewable Energy Engineer, Tobias Mudzingwa.

Nyasha Mukosi, one of the trainees said: “The training was very beneficial as we learnt a lot on how to install the Solar PV system and using controllers for rating the supply”

Mukosi added that “extending the training days will be great for learning even more things on installation.”

Another trainee, Salome Makeya commended the training and expressed her interest on having another training as she felt more could have been learnt.

“The training was excellent, l did not have any background on these things, and l just thought it’s for others but after the training l have gained a lot as l can now set the Solar system,” said Makeya.

“The first day was tough but the presenters really drilled us and l learnt really helpful stuff so l propose we have another training on other modules,” added.

Mutare obtained the highest pass rate at 74%. Successful trainees were given certificates of competence while those who failed got certificates of attendance.

Mudzingwa highlighted that the increase in pass rate was due to an improved selection criteria in which most attendants were already in the industry as technicians and some as consultants.

The Authority conducted other Solar trainings in Bulawayo, Gweru and Harare. To date, 145 people have been trained exceeding a 120 target that was set for 2018.

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