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Duncs
im just glad I dont have to clean any...bore me to death...I loves to move around on different jobs and challenges...

 

I was thinking of this post today and thought maybe I could do a day but...can you imagine turning up to do the same all over again..yawn...Id do a runner for sure.

 

not so feckin keen on lawnmower assembly either..:D

if you had no work this would be great i,d be there in a shot what a chance for guys to make gd coin

if you could handle being on one job fare play to you

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Guest Solar Steve

It depends what you class as big. Scotland cleans will kick off soon. We are in talks with a couple of companies about projects in Scotland.

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if you had no work this would be great i,d be there in a shot what a chance for guys to make gd coin

if you could handle being on one job fare play to you

People must be making good money @Duncs or why would they bother subbing from us for over 2 years, as some have? We know we have to make it attractive to all of our subcontractors.

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kev
It depends what you class as big. Scotland cleans will kick off soon. We are in talks with a couple of companies about projects in Scotland.

When i was originally thinking about it i was thinking about big solar power stations with enough good work to make it a worth while addition to my business. I'd definitely be interested if it was worth doing

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Guest Solar Steve

Hi @kev.

 

It can be a worthwhile addition to your business even without the large scale stuff. In which town are you based? I ask because we don't train two companies in one area. If no one is trained in your area, we'd be happy to have you attend.

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Jake
The forum can be used in many different ways and every person has their own style. My style is perhaps no better or worse than anyone else. It's just different. For me, this and other forums are business tools, not my social circle or fan club.

 

I do not seek friendship, I seek business partners.

 

Agree @Solar Steve however you you could be slightly more friendly, nice and less boasting.

 

By all means share what you've got, but learn to do it in a way that doesn't appear like your boasting.

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Jake
Hi @Solar Steve , but to warrant £250 for the course which has no credition? That seems like robbery. Because you could just tell people how to safely clean panels, no need for a course. I clean many many panels and have no idea why you think a course is necessary?

 

By all means sub work out, but why the course? Also did you know that pure water doesn't conduct electricity, even more reason why it's safe. As said before solar panels are water proof as is all the electrics, so why do you need to be put through an expensive course?

 

For e.g you sub me some work here in Colchester/Essex, I do the work and get paid. If you have any saftey advice I would surely Expect that for free as part of it? Having cleaned many a solar panel, I wouldn't need 'formal training'. This is what really bugs me Steve, the course just seems irrelevant!? Why not sub work to experienced guys and not charge extortionate fees for a course? If you insisted on some kind of course, then send out a training DVD?

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Guest Solar Steve

I have said it many times, so I may as well say it again. It's extremely difficult to get accreditation for a brand new training course. The best way to get it accredited is to run it for a while without accreditation. Virtually every course runs without accreditation.

 

I have a friend who takes courses. He attended my course back in April and gave me an honest appraisal. He said that it was more of a quality course than MANY accredited courses.

 

If it has City & Guilds, or another accreditation, the information is exactly the same.

 

Also, £250.00 is dirt cheap for training courses.

 

Your post shows very clearly why you DO need to attend the course. Your knowledge of the conductivity of electricity and the risk of electrocution is wholly inaccurate. You may like make me saying that, but it is the truth.

 

You cannot know what you do not know. It's impossible. So please trust me when I say that you have an inaccurate picture of the risk involved in solar panel cleaning.

 

You are not alone in your view, hence the need for a course. Any job requires an element of training. If you are employed by a company, they are duty bound to train you for free, as I did for all of my staff. In fact, my training my staff cost my company four days in overtime. If you are self-employed, you pay for your own training. I have no obligation to do that, no more than if you were to subcontract for me, I would have to buy your tools.

 

The course is valuable to forward thinking companies that's why the last one was fully booked and this one is filling up too. People see the value.

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Jake

So tell me the risks then?!?!

Because having chatted to a guy that fits them, he was pretty darn sure there was little to know risk with a properly installed solar panel set

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kev
Hi @kev.

 

It can be a worthwhile addition to your business even without the large scale stuff. In which town are you based? I ask because we don't train two companies in one area. If no one is trained in your area, we'd be happy to have you attend.

Hi steve, i'm based in stirling in central scotland

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TolishAPurd
Hi steve, i'm based in stirling in central scotland

Solar panels in Scotland???...what kind of sick joke is this! :eek::D

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kev

Sick joke haha. Why wouldn't there be solar panels in scotland?

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TolishAPurd
Sick joke haha. Why wouldn't there be solar panels in scotland?

Lack of sun might be a consideration. :D

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kev

Tell me about it haha i feel like i've spent the start of my summer in sweden

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TolishAPurd
Tell me about it haha i feel like i've spent the start of my summer in sweden

Not rubbing it in but it was a beautiful sunny day today. Felt like I was in Ibiza, except all my custies were over the age of 50, so it was less 18-30s and more Saga.

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kev

I sometimes feel like i am turning into an OAP myself mate lol but my round is getting younger all the time now, used to be a lot more OAP'S

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TolishAPurd
I sometimes feel like i am turning into an OAP myself mate lol but my round is getting younger all the time now, used to be a lot more OAP'S

I know that feeling well mate. Whenever I meet a pretty lass on the round she is almost young enough to be my daughter.

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cheapncheerful
So tell me the risks then?!?!

Because having chatted to a guy that fits them, he was pretty darn sure there was little to know risk with a properly installed solar panel set

 

you are advised against cleaning them in thunderstorms as you may be struck by lightning...:rofl:

 

to be fair to steve....someone has to offer these courses and ..you dont have to go on them and....that money is probably allowed against tax....

 

and...soon...some solar farm operators will ask you...can you show some certificate to say you are capable of cleaning them safely...

 

:D

 

mind you on daveyboys squeegee course you do get a nice curry and beer....:D

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Guest Solar Steve
So tell me the risks then?!?!

Because having chatted to a guy that fits them, he was pretty darn sure there was little to know risk with a properly installed solar panel set

You've answered your own question. The risk is electrocution from panels that are not installed properly. From the ground and 45ft away, how do you know if it's installed properly. Honestly, the course teaches you A LOT of useful info.

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Guest Solar Steve
you are advised against cleaning them in thunderstorms as you may be struck by lightning...:rofl:

 

to be fair to steve....someone has to offer these courses and ..you dont have to go on them and....that money is probably allowed against tax....

 

and...soon...some solar farm operators will ask you...can you show some certificate to say you are capable of cleaning them safely...

 

:D

 

mind you on daveyboys squeegee course you do get a nice curry and beer....:D

Bang on @cheapncheerful

The asking for training has already begun too.

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Guest Solar Steve
Hi steve, i'm based in stirling in central scotland

@kev we still have your area available if you wish to attend. We are currently tendering for a contract to clean 994 residential properties for a council not far from you. The jobs in Scotland will start to come in, I'm sure of it.

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Jake
Tell me about it haha i feel like i've spent the start of my summer in sweden

 

Believe me, Sweden has better summers than Scotland by a long way!

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Jake
You've answered your own question. The risk is electrocution from panels that are not installed properly. From the ground and 45ft away, how do you know if it's installed properly. Honestly, the course teaches you A LOT of useful info.

 

Pay me £250 to do the course and I'll then make my mind up :D

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