Micro and Small Scale Renewable and CHP Technology Installers
SEAI intends to publish a registered list of installers to assist customers in selecting an installer.
At present SEAI is not accepting applications for the list until a revised online system is launched.
Installers will be required to prove to SEAI that they have undergone minimum training requirements in order to have their names published on the register. This will provide their customers with the assurance that their chosen installer has undergone the necessary training. However its purpose is not to provide consumers with any assurance on quality or competence beyond those required by the training assessment and certification.
Registration of an installer with SEAI confirms only that the installer:
- Is a trained and certified installer and has achieved certification from an accredited training course for each of the technology areas they are listed.
- Is a trained installer and has undergone manufacturer provided or approved training in the installation of each of the technologies for which they are listed.
- Has supplied SEAI with a valid tax clearance certificate.
Inclusion on this register will not imply qualification to carry out electrical works or connect a system to the grid. Electrical works and connection to the grid should be carried out by a RECI or ECSSA registered electrician and all wiring should be carried out as per ETCI standards.
The lists will be published on this website with separate lists for installers of:
- Small and micro-scale wind turbines (inc. domestic, agricultural, small commercial)
- Solar Photo-voltaic (PV) systems
There is a list of accredited training sites and courses on the SEAI website.
Only sites listed here provide training which is recognized by SEAI. SEAI has assisted in the development of a national FETAC award in PV and wind energy for which enrollment will be possible later in 2010. Until that time the City & Guilds awards currently available from the sites listed on the SEAI website are the only accredited awards recognized.
In the case of micro-wind, installers who have undergone generic turbine training only will not be listed. Wind turbine installers should participate in product specific training also so that the more practical elements of wind energy technology are covered sufficiently. Generic accredited PV training is sufficient for the PV installer list as manufacturers don't provide product specific training as panels are generally very similar.
Further details on the information to be provided with the applications will be available when the online application system is launched later in 2010.
Following discussions with the industry it is recognized that there is no accredited training available for micro-hydro and micro-CHP technology available. Should such training become available SEAI will develop a register of installers. In the case of micro-hydro SEAI publishes an un-vetted list of technology suppliers in the hydro section of the website.
Small Scale Wind - FAQ