Upskill to prepare for solar regulations
It stated that Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has a number of subsidised training courses to ensure workers are competent in working with solar PV and electrical equipment on solar farms, including:
- Apply currency of safe working practices and compliance verification of electrical installations (UEENEEG197A)
- Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies (UEENEEP026A)
- Conduct compliance inspection of single-phase LV electrical installations (UEENEEG122A)
- Conduct compliance inspection of LV electrical installations with demand exceeding 100 A per phase (UEENEEG123A)
- Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus and systems (UEENEEK125A)
- Design grid connected photovoltaic power supply systems (UEENEEK135A)
- Perform rescue from a live LV panel (UETTDRRF06B)
- Certificate IV in Electrical – Renewable Energy (UEE41911)
- Certificate IV in Hazardous areas – Electrical (UEE42611)
Other courses relevant to the construction, operation and maintenance of solar farms are also available, including: Apply occupational health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace (UEENEEE101A); Work safely at heights (CPCCCM2010B); and Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (BSBSUS201).
Despite the fact industry has voiced concerns about the new regulations, the ESO recommends upskilling in preparation for their implementation.
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