For those without a technical bent, the pace of our standard 5-day SuperSolarSchool training may be too brisk, the calculations too intense, the assumed pre-knowledge of electrical basics missing entirely. We needed a training that kept all the core PV knowledge required to operate or work in a solar business in SA but forgo the sizing calculations that might leave some feeling overwhelmed.

Why Solar 101?

The result was Solar 101, a 3-day interactive classroom-based training suitable for ANYONE interested in solar energy, whether they plan to make a career of it or not.  

Solar 101 starts by teaching you the basics of electricity as they apply to solar energy. You will learn about the different types of systems available, the functionality of PV components, and how to select components based on quality and application. Also covered are protection and safety considerations, and system operation and maintenance of systems.  

By the end of your training, you will have all the info you need to be able to sell PV systems, and grasp the business side of PV, including being able to communicate the financial feasibility of a system to your clients. 

Every one of GREEN’s trainers also manages successful solar business of their own; they regularly talk to clients, people just like you, every day and need to make sure that they are talking the same language as their clients – which means that they are able to explain all of the information you need to know in ways that are easy for you to understand. 

Who is Solar 101 for

Solar 101 is ideal for;

  • New solar staff who need to know the basics, such as sales and admin staff
  • Managers who don’t need a deep dive in the technicalities.
  • Solar newcomers with no technical background
  • Youths and matriculants looking for basic solar education will also enjoy this course. 

Recommended courses after Solar 101 

Once you’ve completed this basic course, you may still decide to register for our 5-day training with a view to becoming PV GreenCard Certified further down the line – no way to avoid those calculations now, but you’ll definitely already have the basics under your belt thanks to Solar 101! 

However, there are a couple of other short courses you could choose that will still offer plenty of employment opportunities in solar energy; one of these is our 2-day PV Mounter course, a 100% hands-on practical training where you will work in groups to plan and execute an installation based on wiring charts and material lists, which will allow you to seek work as an installer. 

The other is Financing of PV Systems, a 1-day session that introduces participants to different financing options for PV, discusses the tax advantages for businesses and equips you with the right questions and arguments to understand and inform your clients, which would make you an asset to any solar company serving the commercial and utility sectors. 

There is a place in the sun for EVERYONE! Get your start in the sustainable renewable energy sector with Solar 101! The next course in Cape Town takes place from 12 to 14 June. Cost is R6 900 ex VAT.