Development partners and international experts have made concerted regional efforts in the Pacific Islands to put into place an industry-based renewable energy certification scheme for individuals and accreditation of organisations and businesses. IRENA partnered with the Pacific Power Association (PPA) and the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of Pacific Islands (SEIAPI) to roll-out the first industry-based certification programme in the Pacific Islands for solar on-grid systems, to further support the rapid uptake of on-grid solar PV applications in the Pacific region. The grid-connected solar PV course consists of an online theory component that trainees complete at their own pace and a four-day, hands-on practical component delivered by certified instructors. A total of 62 engineers and technicians from more than six islands registered for the combined on-line and practical training course.
Engineers and technicians installing a rooftop solar panel during the practical training sessions
By December 2014, ten engineers and technicians had successfully completed all the course assessments and had been awarded their provisional certification from PPA/SEIAPI.
The project case study highlights the framework and impact of this initiative and includes: an overview of the development of SEIAPI; the PPA/SEIAPI certification and accreditation scheme; the development of competency standards and how this project has benefited the industry in the region by facilitating the first individuals/companies in receiving their certification/accreditation.