What is necessary to be a solar panel installer in Spain? Due to the rapid growth that photovoltaic installations have experienced in recent years in the country, the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) has presented the necessary guidelines to achieve the Quality Certification of self-consumption installation companies and thus guarantee standards of suitability and professionalism in front of the installations of self-consumption solar panels . Let's go into detail! 👇
How to be an authorized installer of solar panels? What requirements are necessary to be a solar panel installer?
To be an authorized installer, the following requirements must be met:
- Being over 18 years
- Master the theoretical and practical knowledge of electricity
- Pass a specific exam for each Autonomous Community
Solar panel installer.
What is the UNEF Quality Seal for photovoltaic installers?
The Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) has created a quality seal for photovoltaic self-consumption installations. This certification originates from the need for the rapid increase that has been experienced in this type of installation in recent years.
El director de la UNEF, José Donoso, reconoce que “necesitamos que los instaladores cuenten con una acreditación que demuestre su buen hacer, que están capacitados para realizar estas instalaciones y que ofrezcan a los usuarios la confianza que requieren ante la inversión que implica la instalación de las placas fotovoltaicas”.
The director of the UNEF, José Donoso, acknowledges that "we need installers to have an accreditation that demonstrates their good work, that they are trained to carry out these installations and that they offer users the confidence they require in the face of the investment that the installation implies. of photovoltaic panels.
👉 If you want to know more, we leave you here the Presentation ‘UNEF Quality Seal for photovoltaic installers’ of April 8, 2021.
UNEF Quality Seal. Source: UNEF
How to get the UNEF Quality Seal for self-consumption installation companies?
1. Fill out the application required by the UNEF for this certification. It can be found on their website.
2. Installers are required to complete a two and a half hour online training course. In addition, pass a 25-question exam to acquire the ‘trained installer diploma’ for photovoltaic self-consumption installations.
3. To obtain the certification it is necessary to submit the installation to an audit. The SGS or CERE companies are in charge of carrying out said inspection.
4. Once the certification has been obtained, after one year it must be reviewed if the installation is less than 1 MW per year, or two inspections per year if it is more than 1 MW.
Who is the Seal for?
It is intended for companies and installers that carry out self-consumption installations in Spain. The certification will support their technical capacity and good practices in the design and execution of the facilities.
Any company in the sector can request the UNEF Quality Seal, both associated companies and non-associated companies.
How is the Seal maintained?
Once the Quality Seal Certificate has been granted, in order to maintain it, the installation company will receive an audit every year. The first year of monitoring, an audit will be carried out at the facility and the following year the audit will be carried out at the company. In this way, the audits will alternate each year: one year in installation and the following year in the company.
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