Companies in the sector are not qualified personnel by increased demand has led to the reform of the Technical Building Code. The standard requires that new residential buildings have a percentage of renewable energy, which will double in the medium term the current templates of solar technicians, according to various experts consulted.
Step Belen Jimenez, partner and manager Novasol, acknowledges that installation technicians needed two more solar power, by increasing the workload, but so far have had to make do with one. “No skilled labor. Soon we’ll have to get another, but struggling to find staff.”
Salaries for technical installers of solar installers are around 1,200 euros, although the shortage of specialists may raise this amount when the need is pressing. Something that, according to Jimenez, will occur later this year, as many construction projects currently under construction are still subject to the old rules.
Technical solar energy Novasol responsible shows that there has been a sharp increase in requests from individuals, therefore the increased awareness of Malaga as the increase of information. “This year demand has grown much.
The Technical Code brings major projects for the future, when the houses are already built, but people who are not required is increasingly aware and ask individual installations. ”
In Malaga they operate a hundred medium-sized companies, with an average of six installation technicians in solar energy, and an estimated fifty other make compatible these works and plumbing work as freelancers. In all, some 1,000 professionals, according to industry sources, which can expect double that number to meet the demand of new housing blocks.
In the province, close to the first level of solar radiation, the standard requires that 70% of the hot water will have to come from renewable sources.
Avalanche of requests
Ramon Alvarez is an engineer in Malaga Immosolar delegation of a German company specializing in large installations, responsible for projects such as the provision of hot water at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona. This expert agrees good medium-term prospects.
“The buildings are older now make projects to 28 September 2006. I believe that the new projects submitted to Industry thereafter will run to the middle of this year and early next. In 2006 there was a spate of projects to avoid the rule. ”
In his view, companies require a lot of manpower, so has generated a great demand for staff, and makes other professionals from fields such as plumbing, entering this sector. At the same time, it ensures that they are creating many specialized entities. “The solar energy works with simple, accessible to small business teams.”
This expert highlights another possibility of development, such as the self-employed. “The entities increasingly opt to have a base template and workers who have recourse to large point projects, peak demand.”
The boom in renewable energy has led many professionals back to school, looking for a field with great potential for business. Alvarez is also a professor at the Institute Autesel in the PTA, where almost a hundred technical future are formed. “There are many training requirements. A year ago only I had a six people. Now, there are six classes of 15 students. ”
The Junta de Andalucía and the Municipality of the capital, through the IMFE, and sponsor specific training courses free. Between 150 and 360 hours according to whether it is general or specific-theoretical teachings and practices enable to design and assemble hot water by solar energy. “Some courses have waiting lists Board of more than 50 people. There is a tremendous demand for training.
The idea is to train students of business first and then create your own business. “But if you opt for a private program, prices reached 2,000 euros. In return, many offer practical and even a commitment to hire. “Companies are already looking to their workers among the students.”
The head of human resources Autesel, Laura Girl, confirms the growing interest of business to integrate students into the workforce. “They ask students to do internships, but usually after the first month of the contract.”
Girl says that given the lack of work experience of new operators, the courses have become a guarantee of their professional training. “At first they are asking experienced workers, but have seen that it was impossible.”
In his view, one of the most popular outlets is part of the Malaga multinational manufacturing of solar panels, Isofoton, based in the PTA. With the growth of the sector, confident girl from May a massive demand for labor occurs, the full implementation of the regulation, and hopes that the Board extend the quotas of subsidized courses spaces.
The environment is no longer a matter of fighting for a few, and has already become a booming economic sector. In the heat of the sun many citizens are finding a new opportunity to make a living.