Training Days For Solar Panel Cleaning

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  1. Solar Steve

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    Hi guys.

    Put this post in other chat too, but think it may be relevant here too.

    I am looking into becoming an accredited solar panel cleaning trainer. Still a few legals to sort out, but I was wondering before I take the plunge how many would be interested in such a course.

    We are hoping to tie up some huge contracts over the next 12 months, a few of which are UK-wide. Hopefully, we can sub this out to some of you guys but a stipulation would be that you had attended our training day and got the accreditation before we would pass on the work.

    The accreditation would be a small investment that could provide each of you with larger returns. This would also give us confidence in you as a contractor and give the customer confidence that they were having their solar panels cleaned by a professional who had, not just the right equipment, but the training to go with it.

    Topics covered would be:

    1. A quick, and I mean quick, guide to how solar panels work.
    2. Training on the do's and don'ts of solar panel cleaning
    3. Choosing the correct equipment
    4. Marketing and attracting business, websites, canvassing etc.
    5. How to quote. Creating value for your customer & still making a profit
    6. Time management and effective work scheduling.

    Your feedback about the idea would be helpful, along with any other suggestions as to what you would want as a contractor from such a day.

    I look forward to hearing from you all.
     
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  2. rcproperty

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    [​IMG]mark m, on 03 October 2012 - 11:20 PM, said:
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    I cant see anybody signing up mate cleaning solar panels is so easy in fact easier than cleaning windows[/background]


    Have to agree here, they are to easy to do to have training for it.
    Plus can't see that you would get a recognized qualification like city and guilds that every one would know.
     
  3. M.K Cleaners.co.uk

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    I agree, there's not much too it to be honest. How much were you thinking of charging for this course?
     
  4. Solar Steve

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    Not sure exactly but would be at somewhere like the holiday inn, include teas and coffees and if I can arrange it for a good enough price, lunch too. Total for the day about £90.00.

    £90.00 represents great value if you learn how to land a six-monthly commercial contracts through a well designed website and with the correct kit, do it in record time!!!
     
  5. Solar Steve

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    Yes, I completely take your point regarding the actual cleaning of the panels. Anyone can run a pole up and down a panel. However, this is about a whole lot more than just that. This is building a complete package regarding solar panel cleaning. Rather than just cleaning panels on current customers houses, this is about presenting yourself, company and service to a whole host of other clientele, of which there is an awful lot already in the UK and there will only be more.

    I have read lots of posts on here about brushes, poles, is it safe to clean solar panels and there are also questions about things which have not yet been raised or answered as far as I can see, but I do admit I have not read every post! I must do SOME work too!

    At the moment, solar panel cleaning is viewed as a handy bolt-on to window cleaning. However, I know from researching other countries solar journeys that solar panel cleaning will become an industry all of its own. I am only 32 and have years ahead of me for work. Perhaps that is why I am quite forward thinking when it comes to this subject. There is a lot of mileage in this growing industry.

    The idea of training days are about presenting your company and service as a package, not just how to clean a panel, my nan could do that....
     
  6. james44

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    So there will be no nationals doing commercial then?

    If there is money in commercial solar panel cleaning you can guarantee the nationals will soon undercut you!
     
  7. james44

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    Do you think that window cleaners who have been running a business for years dont already know how to present their business?
     
  8. doug atkinson

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    Yeh right 32 years of age Steve, not what Mark tells me, :D

    The issue with solar panel cleaning a lot of houses do not have the room for you to reach the panels from the ground. You may have to stand in next doors garden to reach. This is one downside I see in solar panel cleaning.
     
  9. james44

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    Very true plus i have heard that the system has to be switched off to clean for safety reasons so customers would have to be in to clean them
     
  10. Solar Steve

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    Nope, definitely not. This idea will not appeal to folks who have had their business for years. The fact that they still have their business shows they know how to present it. They are not the target market, start ups are.

    You obviously are successful James so the training day will have no appeal to you. But to the guy who has just had 15 years in an office who has been made redundant and has little experience in running his own business, doesn't have a page 1 google website, wants to window clean and learn more about add-ons to the business such as solar panel cleaning, SOMETHING he may learn on such as day may be valuable to him.

    We know there is an upsurge of window cleaners at the moment and the new ones are the target market.
     
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