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The quality and professionalism was beyond my expectations. It is a life-changing course delivered by brilliant lecturers. Highly recommended!

Course participant from Bulawayo

Sunergy (Private) Limited has partnered with GREEN Solar Academy to offer solar photovoltaic training in Zimbabwe. GREEN Solar Academy was established in Germany, (initially under the maxx | Solar Academy brand) and was one of the first training institutes for solar power in the region. Since 2011 they have trained several thousand participants in South Africa and beyond through partnerships with a number of different organisations, bringing the academy to Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Along with JVS Projects, Sunergy provides fully accredited and certified trainers for the Harare training courses, adding local experience and knowledge to the already comprehensive training programmes.

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GREEN Solar Academy Courses

Course 1: Sunrise (Mambakwedza) Course

This is a basic course which offers all the foundation requirements of a Solar Photovoltaic system. The course is designed for business founders, electricians and electrical engineers who want to expand into solar installations or who are already working and wish to update their basic knowledge or send employees for training.

» Award: Certificate of Attendance*

  • This introductory course is a mandatory requirement for participation in any other courses offered by Maxx Solar Academy.

Upcoming Courses

Course 2: Solar Power Technicians Course

This is a basic course which offers all the foundation requirements of a Solar Photovoltaic system. The course is designed for business founders, electricians and electrical engineers who want to expand into solar installations or who are already working and wish to update their basic knowledge or send employees for training.

» Award: Certificate of Completion

» To become a certified GREEN Team Installer:

•       Completion and passing of a written examination
•       Installer has attended at least 2 courses and passed the examination
•       Installer maintains GREEN Solar standards verified through quality checks by GREEN Solar qualified personnel
•       Installer uses GREEN Solar/Sunergy installers and designers for support and control

Upcoming Solar Courses

Course 3: SuperSolarSchool Course

Master the sun in one week: The SuperSolarSchool provides you with everything you need to know about solar PV. In the 5 days of training all important topics are covered. In every session, we set a strong focus on practical application. You learn about electrotechnical basics and functionality of PV systems, how to install systems correctly according to international standards and how to plan and manage and sell a project as well as size the system including the battery pack according to the client’s requirements.

Interactive exercises and the involvement of the participants make the course content easy to understand and interesting to follow. Lecturers with practical experience connect you with the industry, so it is the ideal course if you want a flying start in solar photovoltaics.

The Super Solar School was developed together with the DGS (German Solar Energy Society) and align with the curriculum of the SAPVIA 5-day Solar PV Installer course. The course is the ideal preparation and recommended course before doing the SAPVIA PV GreenCard PV assessment.

Target Audience
Everyone who wants a flying start in solar photovoltaics:
Solar Newcomers
Employees of solar companies (sales, management and technical staff)
Entrepreneurs and business founders
Electricians and electrical engineers
Professionals looking for continuous training with minimum time expenditure
Installers who are looking for PV GREENCARD qualification

Main Topics
Day 1 and 2: Electrotechnical basics (series, parallel connection, current, voltage and their influence on yields, I-V-characteristic curve)
PV system concepts (stand-alone, grid-tied, back-up)
PV system components (incl. batteries), reading of data sheets
Basics of grid-tied PV system installation

Day 3: Site preparation, tools and equipment,
Practical installation of a grid-tied PV system incl. commissioning
Post-installation (routine inspection, data capturing, troubleshooting, operation and maintenance).

Day 4 and 5: Project management (timeline, laws and regulation, procedures)
Site survey and on-site inspection
Planning and design of grid-tied PV systems (with and without battery storage), calculation of roof-top PV systems with and without simulation programs (4-week software license PV*SOL Premium included), the extension of grid-tied systems to back-up systems, fault finding and quality assurance (e.g. RAL GZ 966)
Sales, marketing and customer consultation

Accreditation
5 CPD credits by SAIEE
SAPVIA endorsed PV GreenCard Training course (preparation for the SAPVIA PV Assessment)
International accreditation by the German Solar Energy Society DGS e.V.

Prerequisites
Recommended NQF level to participate: 4

The course is open to all participants who want to gain knowledge in solar PV. Nevertheless, the pace is quite brisk. Maths skills on matric level are recommended (math literacy is not sufficient) to be able to completely follow the course. To prepare for the course, you can watch some videos on PV basics that we have compiled on our Youtube channel.

If you are unsure if you should participate, contact us.

Upcoming Super Solar School Courses

Download SuperSolarSchool Datasheet

Other specialised courses may be available from time to time, or by prior arrangement for larger groups.

Contact us for more details.

GREEN Solar Academy Alumni Progamme

The GREEN alumni programme is open for  GREEN Solar Academy (and maxx Solar Academy) graduates from the professional courses. It provides our alumni not only with quality training but also aims to give them access to quality material.

The Green Solar Academy alumni programme is the photovoltaic network of technical competence in South Africa.

GREEN Solar Academy Alumni benefit from the following advantages:

  • Frequent network meetings in Cape Town and Johannesburg (evening get togethers in a relaxing atmosphere)
  • Facebook group for information exchange and technical support
  • Annual technical conference with thematic workshops on recent developments in the branch
  • Reduced entrance fees for energy conferences and fairs we are partnered with
  • Alumni discount for all products from the maxx-solar energy PTY Ltd range.