Solar panel training giving First Nation a chance to join the industry

As the founder of a local solar panel installation and service company, Bradyn Parisian noticed a lack of people trained in solar panel installation.

To change this, Parisian started a first-of-its-kind training course called #MPowered run through his business, Mo’ Solar Company, which will offer five days of training to First Nations people interested in joining the solar energy industry.

“I realized that there’s a very bright … future for First Nations and just Indigenous people in general to participate in the buildup of renewable energy in the province and I noticed that there was no kind of direct effort being made to get these individuals training to actually participate in the industry,” said Parisian.

The course is based on the training he took through the Canadian Solar Institute when he first joined the industry, describing the course as “melding the Canadian Solar Institute Solar PV (Photovoltaic) Design and Installation Professional Certificate and bolting on a number of other pieces I feel are very important.”

Mario Borsato, Parisian’s former instructor with the Canadian Solar Institute, will be coming out to help Parisian lead the training. Students will learn about safety, how to properly install solar panels and how to turn their skills into a potential business. SaskPower is also sending a couple of members from its electrical inspections department to talk about what they look for in a solar installation.

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