Advancing skills to support more growth in solar

Sunday, 26 March 2023 at 10:53 pm
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Solar Victoria has launched its new initiative to upskill and advance the technical knowledge of electricians, electrical engineers and licensed electrical inspectors to encourage them to take on more solar work.

The Solar Victoria Technical Mentoring and Support initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s $11 million commitment to train and equip the solar workforce now and in the future.

It will help ensure the state has an ongoing supply of skilled workers with the technical confidence and competence to install or inspect solar PV and battery systems-supporting the growth and new jobs that will be generated as Victorians embrace renewable energy to power their homes and businesses.

The mentoring is being delivered face-to-face and onsite by industry experts from the Institute of Electrotechnology, the National Electrical and Communications Association and TechSafe Australia.

Working alongside these experienced mentors, those taking part will learn about the latest developments in solar and battery technology, benefit from training resources and opportunities with likeminded professionals, and receive personal advice and guidance.

Safety is paramount in the $1.3 billion Solar Homes Program and this free technical mentoring and follow-up support will also help ensure solar and battery installations comply with all safety and industry standards.

Qualified electricians, electrical engineers and licensed electrical inspectors who are eligible can access mentoring and support across regional and metropolitan Victoria until end-December, or until funded places are fully allocated.

It is offered as an 'add-on' opportunity for those who completed solar PV, battery or LEI training funded by Solar Victoria last year, plus others Solar Victoria recommends this initiative to.

For more information, including how to book, visit the Solar Victoria website at

Quotes attributable to Solar Victoria CEO Stan Krpan

“This exciting new initiative will help encourage a higher level of competence and confidence –and ensure solar PV and battery installations comply with all safety and industry standards.”

“We are committed to developing, upskilling and supporting workers in the renewable sector, and want more licensed electrical inspectors to feel comfortable in taking on solar work.”

“Gaining free technical knowledge and skills from experts in the renewable energy industry with one-on-one advice and guidance will help support more growth in Victoria.”