Renewable Energy


Given the Government’s commitment of achieving UK & EU renewable energy targets and that there is a nationwide ‘green skills’ shortage across the country, qualifying as a renewable energy engineer could well provide you with ‘skills for life’.

The aim of this course is for you to become a Domestic Renewable Energy Engineer. The first stage of our programme provides a thorough grounding in plumbing principles and technologies such that on successful completion of Stage 1 you would be able lawfully and safely to take on work as a qualified domestic plumbing and heating engineer.

Progressing on the second stage would see you acquire eight further skills and qualifications, including BPEC’s Part P Defined Scope electrical qualification as well as awards in; Domestic Hot Water, Environmental Technology Systems, the Installation and Maintenance of Solar Hot Water Systems, the Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pumps, the Installation and Maintenance of Water Harvesting and Re-use systems as well as certification in Underfloor Heating. All in all, it would prepare you for the considerable challenges and opportunities that a career in renewable energy provides. Put simply, there is no finer renewables training in the UK for adult career changers and others looking to break into the industry.

Renewable energy news

  • New attitudes survey shows international support for renewables
    Results from a pioneering international survey known as the Green Energy Barometer, show us that the vast majority of the public in countries sampled support a worldwide transition from fossil fuels to green energy. The largest ever survey undertaken to gauge attitudes towards sustainable energy shows us that on average 8 in 10 believe the world should be ru […]
  • Can I make a claim for problems with my cavity wall insulation?
    An article in The Telegraph on the topic of claiming on faulty cavity wall insulation (CWI) described the issue as a scandal that could “rival PPI”. Though we certainly haven’t had our televisions and radios bleat on about no-win-no-fee cavity wall insulation claims over the past few years, there are a growing number of households that experience issues with […]
  • Getting the most out of a wood-burning stove.
    Andrew McGowan has 15 years of wood-burning experience and experimentation with Morso and Stovax stoves. As our guest blogger this week, Andrew shares with us his tips on efficient wood burning techniques in the home.    Use well-seasoned (dry) wood with moisture content 20% or below.  Seasoned wood feels light compared to newly cut wood (of the same type), […]
  • Five tips for finding a reputable installer
    So you have decided you would like to improve your home, or perhaps even install some renewable technology. However, you have come to realise the job is a little too big to get away with just some simple DIY. Choosing a reliable and good quality installer can be difficult, and there are definitely some horror stories out there of when things perhaps do not g […]
  • Hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full electric car - which one is for me?
    There’s been a lot of talk about electric vehicles in the media recently, following policy announcements here in the UK (and further field) to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. It seems that many big players in the automobile industry are happy to get on board with this trend, with a range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully-battery powered car […]
  • Are payments for domestic microgeneration liable to income tax?
    Here at YouGen we have been asked a few times recently whether you have to pay tax on the money you receive from generating renewable energy in the form of electricity and heat. The simple answer for domestic micro generators is ‘no’, as such schemes are designed to make such payments exempt from income tax. However it isn’t always this simple. The devil is […]
  • What next for the Green Deal?
    As many readers will already know, The Green Deal was the UK’s flag-bearing green finance scheme, designed to assist British homeowners in improving energy efficiency and switching to greener energy technologies. It mitigated the need to pay large sums in advance, allowing people to receive a specially-formulated unsecured loan, which would be returned via u […]
  • A green home is a healthy home - the health benefits of insulation
    We all know that properly insulating your house is an environmentally friendly decision. Insulating a home cuts down on lost heat, keeping your house warmer with less energy, cutting both carbon and costs. However, insulating a house is not only a cost-cutting measure, a spate of recent studies have discovered a wide number of health benefits to a proper ins […]
  • How to ensure your renewable energy installation is done safely - Competent Persons Schemes and Building Regulations
    As with any change to your home, you want to ensure the installation of solar panels is an easy process that is carried out safely and securely. While there are measures and regulations in place to make sure that these installations are done safely and by qualified personnel, often prospective buyers of renewable technology aren’t aware of the measures that […]
  • Is now the time to switch to an electric vehicle?
    Recent announcements by car manufacturers and governments have arguably signalled an impending transformation in the way we will all move about in future. A shift from the polluting internal combustion engine towards greener forms of transport is arguably the biggest adjustment to our travel habits since the invention of the automobile itself. You may also b […]