Hafod MD calls for the introduction of renewable energy training

According to one of Wales’ renewable energy installers, renewable energy training needs to be introduced if Wales is to play its part in achieving its plan by 2028 a year by 2028.

David Jones, Halef Renewables’ award-winning Hafod Renewables Managing Director, says the lack of training courses is for companies with disabilities trying to improve their services.

He said: “The Welsh and British governments want us to destroy the old fossil fuel heating systems, but heating engineering courses still teach people how to install gas and oil heaters.

“What they are not doing is equipping new heating engineers with the skills to put them in solar or air and ground-based systems, where future heating and energy sources are available.

There has been a huge increase in the number of people who want to invest in renewable energy for their homes and there is an increase in housing construction but future homes will be very different from the past.

“I would like to take an internship to help them train in renewable systems, but the colleges still insist on teaching me how to install gas and oil systems that are of no use to me.

“They will be eliminated in the future and the real growth will be in the systems that fit into the renewable systems for older assets but we will have a real lack of skills in the renewable industry.

There will be no people with enough skills to install renewable systems that meet government targets.

The award-winning Hafod Renewable, three times the annual Renewable Energy of Wales, employs 14 workers and is a key player in the region in the installation of renewable energy systems.

St. Asaph-based company turnover has seen a sharp increase in demand for new green energy systems in homes in North Wales and Cheshire over the past 12 months.

They work like refrigerators, using a heat exchanger to turn the air temperature up to 25C with indoor hot water to 65C and they can operate even when that outside air temperature drops to -25C.

They weigh an average of እስከ 10,000 to ,000 12,000, are easily fitted to older properties, and if used by the heat wave and Hafood last year, 140 will serve as air conditioners.

David Jones added: “With the disappearance of gas and oil heating, we are seeing significant growth in air-source heating systems in the sector.

“Air conditioning has the potential to be straightforward, even in areas where it is not the best option for old properties, and rural homes, apartments and the sun, and now makes up 70 percent of our business. .

Although colleges still do not include vocational training in thermal engineering, this means we cannot take 16-year-olds and offer day courses.

There are courses to install renewable systems such as air and groundwater and solar but these are only extras that can only be accessed by those who have been with us for a number of years.

If the government is serious about achieving these high goals, we really want our 2021 school graduates to be trained in these systems.

David Jones founded Hafod Renewables 11 years ago with his late father, Richard, and has had 200 new heating systems in the last 12 months, starting last 140.

Hafd’s new zero-carbon headquarters, near Trimircion, is fully equipped with renewable energy, solar panels and air conditioning systems, and plans to convert their vans into electricity when this happens.

Domestic systems currently occupy most of Hafd’s work, but their record includes renewable energy systems for more than 100 farms, a merchant’s building, a holiday cottage, a bakery, an ice cream factory, and a heritage train.

The Welsh government has been asked to comment.

Go to https://www.hafodrenewables.co.uk/ for more on Hafod Renewables

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