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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Heating Oil Trade Group Offers Solar Training

A trade group representing home heating oil dealers is probably the last place that you'd expect to offer training on installing solar power systems.

But you'd be wrong. The Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association has offered training for solar power system installers since 2010, said Gene Guilford, president and chief executive officer of the Cromwell-based group (shown at left).

"We've always very much believed that every energy company should diversify as much as it can," Guilford said Tuesday. "We started a school in 1978 training HVAC workers and have diversified the training over the years."

The school, which is located at ICPA's Cromwell headquarters,  has enabled 200 people thus far to get the state certification they need to become solar equipment installers, he said. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection oversees the certification process.

ICPA solar installation training is offered on a regular basis, Guilford said.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

delievering oil and servicing oil i count on degree days to forcast my sales. i took the icpa solar course and now count blue sky days. installing solar thermal systems was the right move concerdering this winter

February 8, 2012 at 7:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took the ICPA Solar Thermal course and passed the CT Solar Thermal License test. We just installed our companies second Solar domestic water system.

February 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM 

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