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Solar O&M skills shortage

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 year ago
  • Author: Steve Walia

If you're struggling to find solar O&M (Operations and Maintenance) engineers in the UK, you're not alone. Despite the growing demand for renewable energy, many solar companies are struggling to find qualified engineers to maintain and repair their solar installations. Here are some of the reasons why:

1.    Lack of training opportunities: While there are several training courses available for solar technicians, there are limited opportunities for specialised O&M training in the UK. Many engineers have to rely on on-the-job training, which can take time and resources.

2.    High demand: The UK has been making strides in renewable energy in recent years, and the demand for solar engineers has skyrocketed. This high demand has led to a shortage of qualified engineers in the industry.

3.    Competition from other industries: The skills required for O&M engineers are not limited to the solar industry. Many engineers are drawn to other sectors, such as wind energy, electric vehicles, and battery storage, which can offer higher salaries and more opportunities for growth.

4.    Lack of incentives: In some cases, the financial incentives for solar O&M engineers may not be as attractive as other fields. This can lead to a shortage of qualified candidates who are willing to work in the solar industry.

5.    Perceptions about the industry: Some engineers may not be aware of the opportunities available in the solar O&M sector. There may be a perception that the work is not as challenging or rewarding as other fields, which can discourage qualified candidates from pursuing a career in this area.

Despite these challenges, there are efforts underway to address the shortage of solar O&M engineers in the UK. Companies are investing in training programs, and the government is providing funding for renewable energy projects. With increased awareness and investment, it is hoped that the industry will be able to attract and retain more qualified engineers in the coming years.