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Energy training for 14

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THE Pacific will now have enough qualified technical trainers and technicians to install, maintain and operate solar photovoltaic systems.

Yesterday, 14 participants from around the region began a three-week week Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) program at USP.

"In the Pacific we have international donors that have installed the solar photovoltaic systems but it's not looked after well simply because there isn't enough trained people," USP's School of Engineering and Physics head Atul Raturi said.

"This all helps improve the sustainability of renewable energy investments and infrastructure by increasing the regional capacity of qualified technical trainers and technicians to install, operate, and troubleshoot off-grid solar photovoltaic systems."

The program which is funded by USAID is in partnership with USP and the Arizona State University.

The program was launched in July 2012 and will continue for five years.