Vestas sponsors Marsabit youth SPV T1,T2 Training
Vestas is a wind turbine company headquartered in Denmark with projects in 75 countries. In Kenya, Vestas is a contractor to Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) and will manufacture, transport, install and service the wind park under a 15-year service and availability contract with LTWP.
In August 2016, Vestas sponsored 17 technicians to undertake solar PV training under the T1, T1 category at Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), as part of Vestas’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to enhance employable skills for social and economic empowerment. The initiative is part of Vestas CSR goal to help the local community generate their own income, for instance through self-employment.
The activity is also linked to the ongoing solar installations in Laisamis, Mt. Kulal, Illaut and Ngurunit, and an expected need for qualified and certified solar technicians in the project area that can troubleshoot and repair systems in case of any failure.
During the training, participants got practical experience with solar PV components, including designing solar PV stand-alone systems. As part of the course, they will also be able to apply for a T2 license through a certification process at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). A licensed solar technician is certified to handle solar appliances within the licensed category.
With a T2 license and a permit from ERC, the solar technicians can work in a solar company or run their own businesses. Lastly, there’s the option of advancing to a category T3 license, and handle larger systems such as mini-grids and even national power grids.
After the training, the participants said: ”we never thought in our wildest of dreams that anyone could support us in advancing our knowledge and skills as technicians. We are grateful to Vestas for this opportunity and utmost generosity.”