Walk in session for plumbers and electricians as part of Solar Independence Day

Decerna are throwing open their doors to the public at their training centre, in Blyth on Friday 3 July from 13:00 to 15:00 as part of a UK-wide celebration of solar energy.

Local plumbers and electricians are welcome to come and see demonstration solar thermal and photovoltaic training rigs, and talk through how they could upskill to become solar installers, growing their businesses and helping others generate clean, home-grown electricity.

Decerna train hundreds of installers every year and recently trained 130 renewable energy installers under a funded project in Sunderland.

Ahead of the open day, Tom Bradley, Senior Project Engineer commented:

Photovoltaics and solar thermal offer opportunities for existing plumbers and electricians to reskill, grow their businesses, and help their customers reduce their energy bills with clean energy

A series of Solar Independence Day open days are taking place across the country on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 July, led by the Solar Trade Association. The open days include a housing estate in Northumberland, a farm building in Perthshire, a community solar farm in Hampshire  and a further education college in Edinburgh.

The theme of the event, solar independence, follows the Solar Trade Association’s publication just a few weeks ago of its ‘Solar Independence Plan for Britain’, which sets out how the new Conservative government can take steps to ensure that British solar can beat fossil fuels on price and without subsidy as soon as possible. The trade body’s analysis shows that by using funds more efficiently this government could double the amount of solar energy in 2020 for very little extra money.

Members of the public are welcome to register to attend the open day on the Solar Trade Association’s website.


  1.  To attend the event, please email Members of the press are welcome to attend.
  2.  For further information or to request an interview, please contact: 01670 543 009

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