Representatives from ASSIST, University of Makati, and SolarNRG gathered to celebrate the opening of the new accessRE training center on 7 June at the University of Makati. It will be the site of the Rooftop Solar PV System Designers and Installers training program.
accessRE is a private sector partnership (PSP) project between DEG, SolarNRG Philippines and ASSIST that aims to tackle the energy needs of the country through solar adoption, specifically targeting the untapped segment of small buildings and upscaling electricians into green technicians.
The first session of the Training of Teachers (ToT) took place after the opening ceremony of the training center. Mike Consenheim, Country Manager of SolarNRG, and some engineers shared their expertise in solar energy and electricity. Students and faculty of the University of Makati attended the session.
The training intends to improve the skills of 100 electricians and students, and enable them to become green technicians, or solar technicians. It serves as a sustainability measure to ensure that there is a ready pool of solar panel designers and installers to cater to potential clients of solar panel suppliers, like SolarNRG.
Alexa Tamondong, project associate of ASSIST, emphasized the importance of the project, commenting “It’s crucial to have a skilled, efficient local workforce that can cater to industry needs.” She continued, “It is also important to note the relevance of the solar technician training program beyond the project, given our transition into a skills-based economy and the need for innovation and continuous professional development in a very fast-moving and competitive environment. “