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Renewables industry will struggle due to installer shortage

The renewables industry will struggle to gather enough speed if the drastic shortage in trained installers and technicians is not addressed soon.

That’s the opinion of panelists at a conference organised jointly organized by the International Institute of Refrigeration

Graeme Fox, President of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association, AREA, said: “There are installers out there who are lacking some basic training, they are perfectly capable of installing the equipment but we need to raise their standards and get them certified”

“The rapid growth in the adoption of heat pumps has brought numerous problems, reports say that poor maintenance, poor installation or badly applied systems are clearly to blame for the poor performance of some equipment.”

This opinion was also held by Paolo Buoni, director of the European Energy Centre EEC. “Advancing technology is offering huge potentials in renewable energy – but we have to face the fact that there is a shortage of technicians, which provides training to renewable energy companies.

“We have a bank of experienced trainers who want to share their knowledge, however more investment in training is required from the government”.

Rajendra Shende of the Indian Institute of Technology admitted that more financial support is needed for development, “While I think that change needs to come from business and academic partnerships, the whole industry still needs a lot of help in the form of tax rebates, tax holidays and other incentives to make it a reality. This, in turn, would benefit the local economy as well as the planet.”

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