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Progressing an industry that’s still unsure about renewables

Recent research has shown that the renewables energy sector is still in its infancy despite numerous government initiatives such as the Green Deal and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

A recent report commissioned by PTS found that there were few tradesmen who had worked on more than ten renewables inclusive projects in the last year.

The common challenges to considering renewable energy products were namely being content with current solutions, believing that technology was too expensive, or installers that considered themselves ‘traditionalists’ with limited appetite to get up to speed with a new product area. 

The survey revealed that training is a necessity for the growth of this sector; both to the benefit of the installer and to the industry as a whole. The majority of respondents who did work with renewables were mainly familiar with under floor heating, solar thermal and air/water pumps.

The installers stated that they want specialist help, and often feel that going to manufacturers is often the only option although this can lead to biased advice. PTS product director renewable energy products Ian Stares commented: “Merchants are in the ideal position of neutrality and must therefore develop a strong voice on renewable and sustainable energy topics. In addition, merchants have a role to play along with Trade Associations to inform government over market conditions. This product area represents a great opportunity for installers, but it is up to the government to reduce risk, and the industry to make training and products as accessible as possible.”

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