The National Renewable Energy Centre, Narec, is part of a £1.9 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment project designed to deliver a funded programme of business support and skills development to North East based SMEs (Small Medium Enterprise), with the aim of encouraging companies to expand or diversify into the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.
About the project
SMEs will have access to support from Narec’s expert team of Distributed Energy specialists who have a wealth of industry experience, in-depth knowledge and technical competency in renewable technologies and their installation.
Support available to SMEs includes:
- MCS coaching and support
- Accredited installer and maintenance training – solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, air source heat pumps and biomass
- Introductory courses to renewable technologies and nancial incentives for the built environment
- Photovoltaic and solar thermal system design courses for domestic and commercial properties
- The Green Deal
Bespoke training packages can also be designed to meet individual and organisational training needs.
Who is the project aimed at?
This project will be of particular interest to plumbers, electricians, roofers, joiners, heating engineers, sales professionals, architects, planners and specifiers, who have an interest in working in the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.
How is the training delivered?
Narec’s dedicated Training Centre is fitted with a wide range of low carbon and microgeneration technologies and systems allowing a mix of both practical and
classroom based learning.
How to get involved
If you are a sole trader or qualify as a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) and would like further information on how to benefit from this funded training and support please contact Andrew Tipping, SME Engagement Coordinator, Narec Distributed Energy.
Tel: 01670 357654 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download the funded training in renewable and low carbon technologies flyer
Offshore wind turbine
Between January and March 2012 Narec Distributed Energy provided two days of technical support and advice related to the offshore wind industry to 14 companies in Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough Council commissioned Narec Distributed Energy to undertake a free ‘renewable audit’ with engineering companies in Middlesbrough to identify the potential for the engineering sector within Tees Valley to service the offshore wind market. The audit was carried out to assess the feasibility of adapting and accrediting products and/or services for the offshore wind industry.
The business support available included:
- Information and guidance on the sector including a market analysis
- Identification of training needs
- Overview of quality standards and accreditations required
- Support to access relevant finance and other available funding initiatives to support their development
Participating organisations included:
- AV Dawson
- Ecco Finishing Supplies
- Industrial & Marine Hydraulics
- Lionweld Kennedy
- B Marshall Engineering
- MB Tech
- QA Weld Tech
- Steve Brettle Fabrications
- William Lane
- MC Ware Mechanical
- Ovalway Hydraulic Engineering
- CL Prosser
The support culminated in a written report based on the findings as well as an overview of the UK offshore wind market which identified their position within the supply chain. The document also provided details of opportunities and potential future activity, along with conclusions and recommendations as identified by Narec Distributed Energy staff.