A GLORIOUS END TO THE 4TH SOLAR ACADEMY….
Date and time: 
Mon, 2013-08-26 12:06

The Condensed Matter Group at the Department of Physics successfully held the 2013 August edition of Solar Academy that ended with a colorful closing ceremony on 22nd August 2013. The training attracted many applicants but 24 were selected for training. This was the 4thsolar academy since the training begun in 2012 with the 1st and 2nd held in April and August 2012 respectivelyand the 3rd in April 2013.

The training is in line with the Government's regulations that require that  solar installers should be licensed after undergoing  training as T1 and / or T2 technicians. The training comprised of T1 and T2 categories and attracted participants from technical institutes, freelance installers and private companies undertaking installations in the country.

During the training we were privileged to invite two officials from the Kenya Renewable Energy Network (KEREA); the vice chairman  Mr. Enos Otieno and the administrator Mrcliffe.They guided the participants about getting the process of getting certified by the government. They also informed the participants on how to be members of KEREA and issued them with membership application forms.

The climax of the training was the closing ceremony on the last day of training in which the  Dean, School of Physical Sciences, Prof Lydia Njenga was the chief guest flagged by the then, Acting Chairman, Department of Physics, Dr Collins Mitto. Before inviting the Chief guest to make her maiden speech, the 4th solar academy training coordinator, Dr Sebastian  Waita said that with the graduation of the current trainees, the solar academy will have trained over 100 technicians nationally as well as regionally since its inception in 2012. Dr. Waita also noted that other academies have been born out of the training. He thanked the participants for their commitment and endurance they had during the training period and challenged them to go and utilize the skills and knowledge they had acquired to make a difference in the society. He also thanked the trainers, the organizing committee as well as the support staff for their team spirit enabling the training to be a great success. Prof Njenga in her closing remarks noted that there was not a single lady trainee and challenged the organizers to explore ways of encouraging and attracting ladies to the training.

The training lasted 9 days and comprised 60% practical sessions and 40% theory. The practicals were key to the training as they impart the skills the trainers required for their field application and also to prepare them for accreditation by the National Industrial Training Authority and further for licensing by the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC).

The Department plans to hold the 5th solar academy in April 2014 with the dates to be announced. Preparations to launch the advanced training which is known as T3 that comprises Grid connected Systems and hybrid systems, among others are in top gear. We are also constantly reviewing our training with a view to better our training.

4TH Solar Academy group photo.

Participants following theoretical session on solar technology.

4th Solar Academy Practical session.

4th Solar Academy Practical session.

4th Solar Academy Practical session.

4th Solar Academy Practical session.

4th Solar Academy Practical session.

4th Solar Academy Practical session.

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Expiry Date: 
Mon, 2013-09-30 12:06