This manual is one of the deliverable of the QualiCert project started in July 2009 which obliges Member States to develop and mutually recognize certification or equivalent qualification schemes for installers of small-scale renewable energy systems (solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, heat pumps, etc.) by December 2012.
It contains an interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder approach involving: builders and installers via their EU associations, training providers and accrediting bodies, the RES industry and national energy agencies. After an overview of the present regulations used at both the EU and national levels, the document presents a set of key-success criteria based on the analysis of five aspects: legal, institutional, financial, technical and communicational. Given the importance of solar thermal technology for domestic use, the study addresses all of its applications (DHW, space heating, solar-assisted cooling) outlining the objectives, criteria and qualifications linked to the installation process.
The work of qualified installers must be complemented with education and training provided across the whole sector, especially since good quality installation plays a strong influence on the customer’s choice.
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