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College signs partnership agreement with Canadian Solar Institute

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College of the Rockies and the Canadian Solar Institute (CSI) has signed an agreement to offer a Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation workshop at the College’s Gold Creek Campus.

The five-day workshop provides a thorough understanding of the unique aspects of solar PV systems design and installation.  The training is popular with those looking to install solar panels for personal use, electricians and tradespeople looking to expand their skillset and those who are just interested in learning more about the technology.

Based out of Ontario, the Canadian Solar Institute, operated by Soleil Power Canada, has offered the workshop across Canada for more than three years. The program’s training is based on the Canadian Electrical Code.

College of the Rockies is the only BC post-secondary institution that CSI is working with.  Through the new agreement, two to three classes will be offered through the College each year.

Tracey Whiting, COTR Continuing Education and Contract Training Manager says, “We are thrilled to be partnering with CSI to provide this workshop.  Cranbrook is well-known as one of the sunniest cities in Canada, making it an ideal location to offer the solar design and installation program.”

The first workshop, with 13 participants from BC and Alberta, wrapped up on April 11 and was a huge success.

“The students raved about the course and about the owner and instructor, Mario Borsato,” Whiting continues.  “The combination of classroom and practical experience left the students feeling they received very good value for their money.”

Solar energy is a power alternative that many homeowners are exploring.  The course will help those looking to adopt this technology learn how to install the system and save on energy costs.  The next workshop will be held at the Cranbrook Gold Creek campus from July 7 to 11 and registrations are now being accepted.

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