Solar

Ontario Solar Academy Expands to Meet Demand

On the heels of 694 recently approved renewable energy projects in the province, Ontario Solar Academy (OSA) has established itself a new 8,000 square foot facility in Vaughan, a city just north of Toronto. The move allows OSA to run three times as many training classes every month — an expansion deemed increasingly necessary due to capacity constraints and renewed interest in green careers across the province.

Since its launch earlier this year, OSA has graduated over 75 alumni, with another 27 slated for May. The Academy’s 5-day solar training courses have consistently sold out in advance.

“To ensure our students master the necessary installation and safety principles, we must keep class sizes small. The only way to meet demand is to expand the number of solar courses we offer,” said David Gower, associate director of OSA.

The new solar classes also offer additional opportunities for students to meet important stakeholders in Ontario’s expanding solar community.

Ontario’s solar industry is expanding rapidly, thanks to feed-in-tariff incentives and aggressive renewable energy legislation. However, a CanSIA labour market survey details how an impending bottleneck could curb continued growth in the absence of qualified solar professionals.