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Small wind turbine installer training and accreditation in Australia compared to UK and USA

Ross, S.J., McHenry, M.P. and Whale, J.ORCID: 0000-0002-3130-5267 (2014) Small wind turbine installer training and accreditation in Australia compared to UK and USA. Energy Development Frontier, 3 (1). pp. 1-10.

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This paper examines the training and accreditation programs developed to support the promotion of a skilled workforce of small wind turbine (SWT) installers in Australia. The analysis contrasts the nascent Australian experience against the more mature SWT markets in the UK and USA. This research suggests that Australian SWT installer training and accreditation programs have the necessary institutional structures required to promote skill development essential to support growth, and importantly prevent the SWT industry from creating its own version of the ‘Australian home insulation fire safety debacle’. Despite existing government capital subsidies and availability of accredited training programs for SWT installers, the major limiting factor in delivery of programs has been the minor market demand for SWTs in Australia. The small demand for SWTs and training courses offered by accredited institutions in Australia is in stark contrast to concurrent SWT developments in the UK and USA, where there is greater market demand. Given the right policy support to create demand for both SWT products and installers, the training programs in Australia can develop further with the use of experienced certified trainers, units with strong practical components, and material that covers both stand-alone and grid-connected small wind systems.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Bowen Publishing
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