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Africa‘s Premier Training
Institute for Solar Power

We specialise in solar photovoltaic short courses.
Over 4 500 engineers, electricians and technicians trust in our training.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Solar Training in South Africa
2022 means a decade of sharing our knowledge and experience with local installers! That’s right, GREEN is celebrating 10 years of solar training in South Africa, initially as maxx-solar and then, since 2020, as GREEN Solar Academy. Read about our history here and follow us on Facebook as we look back at our milestone achievements. 
All trainings and assessments are performed following governmental COVID guidelines. We have reduced our training group size to keep you safe and will schedule additional courses to accommodate demand. We provide all participants with an optional free rapid antigen self-test kit. For more information and support on COVID-19 visit www.sacoronavirus.co.za
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THESE ARE THE SOLAR TRAINING COURSES WE OFFER

Solar 101

This 3-day training was developed to help non-technical people understand solar. No calculations, just 100% PV knowledge.

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PV Mounter Course

How to install solar systems: The essentials in a practical 2-day course. Most hands-on way to learn about solar installation.

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SuperSolarSchool

All about solar in 5 days for beginner & intermediate level, SAPVIA-endorsed installation training under the PV GreenCard programme.

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Designer Commercial PV

Masterclass on design and construction of roof-mounted PV systems in the range of 10 to 1000 kWp.

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Financing of PV Systems

Understand financing options for SSEG (Small-Scale Embedded Generation) PV systems in one day.

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PV GreenCard & Exams

Pass our online exam to qualify as a GREEN PV Installer or Designer following your training. Pass the SAPVIA Assessment to become a certified PV GreenCard installer.

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Linda Mashabane

Green Solar Academy is a great academy for all your PV system training, the lectures are well informed about what they are teaching from the background, technical information to costing of installations , i personally had a great week, i have learnt a lot within a short space of time(5 days) and you are allow to take as many pictures during the training and they offer breakfast and lunch throughout the training. I am very much impressed: Good Quality, Good value for money, Professional and Good Communication

- Linda Mashabane

Reagan Pillay

Hi, i had the opportunity to do the Commercial solar design course with the team. The course is very informative with regard to regulation and detail design and the use of the software. The outlook of the business is to grow all small businesses and network suppliers and business owners with everyone benefitting. Brilliant team. Well done guys

- Reagan Pillay

David Mtsweni

Guys, if you are looking for a Solar PV course Green Solar Academy's Super Solar School 5 day course ticks all the boxes. The presenters are informed and the networking with other industry experts or alumnus is a plus for this training. I think that was my best take home present for that training. I think Green Solar Academy needs to be praised for opening the doors for everyone to share , train and contribute in this energy crisis threatening to collapse the economy and disrupt the livelihood of people. Thanks to Green Solar Academy.

- David Mtsweni

Michael Rogers

The Green Solar course was exceptional! The value of the information that was passed on to us was everything a person needs to understand the importance of proper assessment and installations of a solar system. Thank you to all the lecturers for their time and willingness to pass on their knowledge.

- Michael Rogers

customer5

This was a very insightful course even being a qualified electrician I learned a lot from this course and our 2 lecturers were excellent in explaining the solar systems and how all the different components function together to the end result in producing ac power. I will gladly refer this course to anyone who want to learn about solar.

- Stefan Olivier, SuperSolarSchool Alumni 2020

customer4

GREEN Solar Academy provided an excellent introductory course to solar. Comprehensively covering the process involved in understanding, sizing, designing and installing solar solutions. The course was intensive but well managed by the lecturers. The practical component was great and well balanced with the theoretical. The course gives a good foundation to build upon, and will be put to good use in the developing solar energy transition.

- Simon Roos

customer3

Thank you it was very informative and well presented and I look forward to receiving a copy of the presentation as it is worth training my staff.

- John Stroebel, Deltec

customer2

Great and empowering course, covers a lot of ground about PV systems from basics to the design. I will recommend it to anyone taking a step into the solar industry. All safety regulations and recommendations are clearly highlighted in this course.

- Macdonald Mapfeka, SuperSolarSchool Alumni 2020

customer1

I recommend this course to anyone who's interested in the solar industry. This course is a must if you're are embarking on a career change into Solar. Regulatory implications, design and calculations to be successful in this industry, the lecturers are extremely well verse in their field. Making this course one of the most interesting.

- Jasper Theron

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    OUR GRADUATES

    Humbulani Marole

    After the first day of the course, I quickly found out that there’s quite a dizzying amount of information to digest and understand. I applaud the course facilitators for actively engaging and interacting with all students for learning experience optimization. The course has given me much more confidence in the PV industry and will recommend it to all in the PV installers.

    Jasper Theron

    I recommend this course to anyone who’s interested in the solar industry. This course is a must if you’re embarking on a career change into Solar. Regulatory implications, design and calculations to be successful in this industry, the lecturers are extremely well-versed in their field, making this course one of the most interesting

    Ofentse Mogole

    I enjoyed every single minute of training. The facility is very spacious and well ventilated. The trainers are very knowledgeable, they engage with the learners by asking and answering questions from the learners.I would definitely recommend this training to anyone that wants to get into the solar installation industry.

    Bafana Khumalo

    As a beginner: With no electrical experience, I was sceptical that I would learn enough from the course, however they cover everything and they are patient in making sure that you understand everything. I am very impressed with what was taught and how it was taught. The lectures always emphasize safety and ensure that when venturing into this, you don’t put other people’s lives at risk. Lecturers always friendly and willing to assist with even the basic of questions. BIGUP to every one. I will keep on coming.

    Boris Hategekimana

    I studied electrical engineering, and I’m currently doing my honours degree. GREEN Solar Academy was recommended by an engineer where I did my internship as a solar installer – he had done a solar training course years ago! The course is a great stepping stone to obtaining your PV GreenCard, especially if you only know the practical side, not the theory. I didn’t know how to size a system before SuperSolarSchool so I found that section really interesting. I found it easy to keep pace with the content, delivery was smooth and structured, gave me everything from the basics upwards.

    Ryan Coetsee

    I am interested in the renewable energy, and specifically solar. I joined the SuperSolarSchool as it ticked all the boxes for me. It had a very big impact on me, it is a big building block as I am trying to get into the renewable industry. I would recommend the training to anyone that is interested in solar and renewable energy. It's been a fantastic course!

    Kudakwashe Mlambo

    From my point of view, solar energy is taking over and with the energy crisis in South Africa with all the load shedding going on, I got motivated to learn more about solar system installation. Being the youngest person among all the participants pushed me and gave me more motivation to work harder. All the participants where great and gave me lots of advice. I would recommend electricians and people looking to venture into the solar industry and open businesses.

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    Ronald Baxter
    SANRAL Technical Innovations / 2018 Alumni SuperSolarSchool

    Ronald Baxter

    I'm from SANRAL Technical Innovation. We are expanding on our road network so we have a few renewable energy sites and therefor we need the best design so myself and two of my colleagues attended the course. And it was really fun! We had workshops and hands-on experiments with the tools. Thank you very much! It was a really well presented course and I really enjoyed it!

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    Scott Andrew
    Founder Get OffGrid & leading Victron Distributor / 2014 Alumni Sunrise Intermediate

    Scott Andrew

    I did the Sunrise Intermediate course in 2014. We were a plumbing company and wanted to become a solar company. After 6 months we set up our own operation, paid school fees in the early years, went to China and ended up now using Victron. I am now the biggest seller for Victron equipment in Africa and the second biggest in the world. When I started, the course gave me an understanding in how to approach solar. A tip I give to all the people I get requests from is to take advantage of opportunities at the time!

    Fikile Khiva

    Fikile Khiva

    I highly recommend whoever is interested in solar energy, maybe as a consultant or as a technician or just a project manager. So for me the academy has done a great job, in fact it’s align to my future going forward in terms of business opportunities. Thank you very much!

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    Solar Energy on the Rise: Effective Way to Fight Load Shedding

    The solar industry is one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa. At the moment, the interest in the technology is huge as it provides a cost-effective and easy way to become energy independent. In times of massive load shedding, companies suffer from frequent power cuts. Small enterprises and shops, especially, can benefit from solar energy generation and use it as a simple solution to back-up their offices.

    Even before the power crisis, people started to discover the benefits of generating their own electricity and the increasing demand now offers various employment and business development opportunities. With our training courses, we create the perfect entry point for anyone who wants to join this new industry.

    Getting into the Industry, becoming a Solar Installer

    What is important when you are getting started with your business? Or when you are looking for a job in the solar industry? You want to pick up skills as effectively and quickly as possible.

    The best method to get into a topic is to participate in a well-designed training course. Subject matter experts compile the most relevant knowledge for you, explain it in a way that is easy to understand and then monitor your learning progress in exercises and personal exchange. We offer a 5-day training course, the SuperSolarSchool, that provides you with exactly that. It offers an overview of all steps that are relevant for solar installations. You get solid knowledge of all those fields and have a basis to decide what you want to specialise in.

    As a next step, you can do further qualifications. For planning and design we have the 3-day Solar Power Designer for Commercial PV Systems advanced course and a 1-day course focusing on designing 3D PV systems with the PV*SOL design software.

    Trusted Training Provider since 2012

    Following the approach of the German Solar Energy Society DGS, we started our trainings in South Africa in 2012 under the name of maxx-solar academy. Over time, we founded branches in neighbouring countries and improved the course programme with every training we offered.

    What we have created is an academy that follows a unique approach. We are working closely with our trainers to develop our courses. The majority of them have their own PV companies so we can make sure that the trainings are 100% practice relevant. All training courses have a significant share of practical exercises and combine modern teaching methods with time-efficient learning.

    To go even further, we have created Africa’s largest network of PV Installers. We keep in touch with our graduates via frequent meetings, and help them to connect with each other and important players in the industry.

    Become a Professional PV Installer: Endorsed PV GreenCard Training

    PV Installations are not rocket science. Nevertheless, you should know what you are doing since you are dealing with electricity. From a business point of view, a solid knowledge base helps one to stand out from the masses. Our training courses equip you with the necessary skills and certification.

    Our 5-day training course SuperSolarSchool is the official SAPVIA PV GreenCard preparation course. We are also nationally accredited by ECSA and SAIEE, the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. You get 5 CPD points for attending the SuperSolarSchool. The course is also internationally accredited by the German Solar Energy Society DGS.

    After the training, you can achieve the SAPVIA PV GreenCard Installer Qualification by going through an assessment in our assessment centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town or KZN. The Assessment centre was established in 2017 as the second centre in the country. Various manufacturers contributed to the equipment of the centre to support the PV GreenCard programme, e.g. IBC Solar, Hellermann Tyton and Resolution Circle.

    The PV GreenCard is a voluntary quality assurance programme by SAPVIA, the South African PV Industry Association. Accredited PV GreenCard Installers are allowed to issue PV GreenCards for their PV installations to prove that they follow SAPVIA’S installation guidelines and quality standards. It can be compared to a CoC (Certificate of Compliance) for PV Systems, but on a voluntary basis.

    Our trainings are not only trusted by individuals and new businesses, but also municipalities and corporates who send their staff members to get trained and achieve official PV installer certification. For example, we developed a training course for the City of Tshwane to teach their own staff members and train their staff. We also offered a training for the youth, funded by the Social Development Fund, to introduce them to career opportunities in the solar branch.

    The GREEN team also brings with it plenty of international experience gathered during training courses in Germany and other countries. They have realised training and projects in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, many of which were executed on behalf of the German Solar Energy Society DGS. Most teaching focused on off-grid and back-up solar technology.

    Opportunities in the South African PV Market: PV Experts needed

    The energy market in South Africa is in quite an interesting state at the moment. Frequent power failures due to insufficient power generation capacities cause problems all over the country … it is no wonder that solar PV technology is becoming more and more popular. Backup systems especially, which are solar systems with battery storage that provide electricity in times of power failure, are a popular product. Over the years, solar energy has proved that it can provide a significant contribution to the country’s energy supply and to date over 94 MW of roof-top solar PV has been installed in South Africa.

    Nevertheless, it is still a common misunderstanding that solar modules instantly provide a loadshedding cure. In addition to the solar modules, battery storage and a special inverter are required that can create an island grid. These backup systems are mostly used in residential areas. For commercial and utility-sized operations, grid-tied solar systems are usually installed. These systems are made to generate electricity to cover the power demand of a company or a city with the power of the sun.

    For all sectors of solar installations, skilled personnel are needed to meet the increasing demand. The tasks in the solar industry are quite diverse. There is hands-on work for technicians and mounters in the field of installation, commissioning and connecting of solar systems and a high portion of electrical work. Planning and design of PV systems, as well as project and construction site management, falls under engineering. After the installation, there is maintenance and monitoring to be done, which can be executed either by technicians or engineers. And of course, solar companies require marketing and administrative staff.

    In our courses we train all the different kinds of staff together in one class because we think that it is important to understand the whole value chain. PV planners must know what is going on on site, even though they are not the ones installing the actual solar system, and vice-versa. To specialize in a certain field, we offer advanced level courses, e.g. on installation, software-based design or the planning of commercial size PV systems.

    Register to become a qualified solar installer

    As a result of all the experience we have amassed and our unique approach, you can expect a high level of quality and professionalism in all our training courses. For us, the most important goal is to support your career in the solar industry and make it as easy as possible to find your personal way in renewable energy.

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