To support the development of a quality based sustainable energy industry, the Sustainable Energy Industries Association of the Pacific Islands (SEIAPI) and Pacific Power Association initiated a certification/accreditation scheme for individuals and organisations (business entities) over the years, however to further expand and bring in more impact to the industry, revamping and revitalising the current program became essential. Also, to avoid the complexities involved with certification/accreditation terminologies, the then SEIAPI/PPA certification/accreditation scheme is being renamed as SEIAPI/PPA accreditation scheme.

Through this scheme, the individuals shall be accredited as: i) designers; ii) installers and/or maintainers; iii) energy efficiency auditors; and iv) inspectors (of system installations). The organisation (or business entity), employing accredited individuals, shall be accredited as the supplier of products, systems and services.

If there are Individuals who operate as sole traders within the industry, then they must apply to be both an accredited individual and an accredited organisation. For instance, a sole trader who retails and also installs RE equipment or provides services of an energy efficiency auditor, then he/she needs to be accredited as a designer/installer/energy auditor as well as his/her organisation to be an accredited under this scheme.

The Accreditation program has two levels of accreditation: Provisional and Full.

To gain Provisional Accreditation an individual shall successfully complete a training course which has been recognised or specified by SEIAPI/PPA. As the accreditation program is an industry-based program, SEIAPI/PPA needs to confirm/verify that the individual is actually incorporating the learnings from the training into their work. Therefore, both levels of membership, i.e. (i) the individuals and (ii) the organisations, shall initially receive ‘Provisional’ accreditation after successfully completing the training or based on relevant proven experience (for individuals). ‘Full Accreditation’ would be provided after they submit evidence that they incorporate training received in their work (individuals) or fulfill the requirements laid out in this program.

For example, (i) A ‘designer’ for a PV stand-alone system would provide a case study which would include a copy of the original system design including energy assessment, size of array (in kW), battery bank capacity (Ah or Wh) voltage, and the controller specifications, etc. (ii) An ‘installer’ for a PV standalone system would provide a case study including the circuit diagram specifying cable sizes, cable distance, fuse and circuit breaker ratings and photos showing the actual installation.

The scheme will operate for relevant technologies and for the various applications of those technologies, e.g. PV is a technology but it has different applications such as off-grid, grid connect and solar water pumping. Individuals and companies shall obtain accreditation for the particular areas in which they work.

Currently, the provisionally accredited companies are listed below:

Company Provisional Accreditation
PCS, Vanuatu D & 1 Off Grid L1 & L2

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The fully accredited companies are listed below:

Company Provisional Accreditation
CBS Power Solutions (Fiji) Ltd Design and Installation of Grid-connected PV Systems

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The provisionally accredited designers/installers are listed below:

Name Company Provisional Certification
Cirilo Recana College of Micronesia – FSM Design and Install Grid Connected PV System
Pawan Kumar Bajpai Narhari Electrical Co. PTE LTD Design and InstallGrid Connected PV System
Pawan Kumar Bajpai Narhari Electrical Co. PTE LTD Design and Install Off Grid L1,L2

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Those that hold full accreditation are listed as follows:

Name Company Full Certification
Amit Singh CBS Power Solutions, Fiji D & I Grid Connect
Ravinesh Chand CBS Power Solutions, Fiji D & I Grid Connect
Gavin Pereira Superfly Limited, Solomon Islands D & 1 Off Grid L1, L2 & L3
Michael Langeliers E-Tech, Vanuatu D & 1 Off Grid L1 & L2
Aaron Strid PCS, Vanuatu D & 1 Off Grid L1 & L2
Belinda Strid PCS, Vanuatu D & 1 Off Grid L1 & L2
Mendra Christino Telavan PCS, Vanuatu Install Off Grid L1 & L2
Thompson Alick PCS, Vanuatu D & 1 Off Grid L1 & L2
Tagar Yannick PCS, Vanuatu D & 1 Off Grid L1 & L2
Owen Moli PCS, Vanuatu Install Off Grid L1 & L2

Technologies under which certification exists include

  • PV Grid connect systems
  • Stand Alone PV Power systems
    – Level 1- Solar Home Systems
    – Level 2- Stand alone systems with/without Inverters
    – Level 3 Hybrid Power systems
  • Energy efficiency and Energy Audits
  • Mini/Micro PV Grids