• Andre fell in love with the PV technology in 2014. Since 2016 designated his working live to PV as maxx trainer and director of the solar company Real Solution and the maxx I solar academy KZN.

    2016 director of maxx-solar academy KZN

    2016 – Trainer at the Maxx Solar Academy

    2015 - director of his own PV and energy management company Real Solution

    2010-2015 Bundu NetworX (KwaZulu-Natal Midlands)

    2009-2010 Arise Studios (Recording Studio)

    2008-2009 G&T Productions (Wildfly Fishing Series)

    Interests

    • PV Basics
    • PV system installation
    • PV system design off-grid and grid-tied
    • Quality assurance
  • Antje has been working in the PV business since 2003. Since 2013 she is heading the maxx-soar academy. Together with Vivian she develops and updates the training programmes and facilitates the operation of the local academies.

    2013 - director maxx I solar energy PTY Ltd.

    2013 - manager international sales maxx-solar & energie GmbH & Co. KG

    2008 - President of DGS Turingia and Head of the DGS SolarSchool Thuringia

    2005 - 2013 - Vice president German Solar Energy Society DGS e.V.

    1999-2005 - Bauhaus University Weimar, project manager Asia within the international transfer centre Koten Weimar

     

    Qualifications

    2017 Memeber of the SAPVIA Embedded Generation and Grid Access Subcommittee

    2016 Member of the institute of Business Advisors South Africa

    2016 Train the Trainer (IHK)

    2014 Suggestopedia Training module "moderation"

    2011 Suggestopedia Training module "basics"

    2008 PV Consulting training, DGS Solar(fach)berater

    1999 (environmental) civil engineering  degree (Dipl.-Ing., SAQA certified as NQF Level 8)

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    Interests

    • Projekt management
    • PV project financing
    • renewable energy
    • PV basics
    • PV system design
    • Quality management in PV
    • Small PV off-grid systems
  • Bulane joined the maxx-family in 2016 and was part of the most recent Train of Trainer Programme. He is the director of the maxx-solar academy Lesotho where he will bring solar energy to the kingdom in the sky.

  • Clemens has been working in the PV business since 2010. His company RED Engineering (PTY) Ltd, which is actively involved in the development of the solar sector in the Western Cape.  Clemens' focus lays on planning and design, site management and operation of PV systems from 3-1000 KWp. Furthermore, he is an expert for legal requirements regarding embedded PV systems and he consulted SAPVIA in the development of the PV Installer Training and the PV Installer Assessment. 

    2016 PV consultant for SAPVIA, maxx I solar energy Pty Ltd.

    2014 trainer in the maxx I solar academy

    2010 CEO Red Engineering PTY ltd.

    1991-2010 Sales manager for different international engineering companies

    Qualifications

    2017 SAPVIA PV Assessor (Subject matter expert)

    2014 accreditation as maxx / DGS trainer

    1994 master degree in Business Administation

    1991 mechanicall engineering  degree (Dipl.-Ing., SAQA certified as NQF Level 8)

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    Interests

    • PV Basics
    • PV system installation
    • PV system design
    • Quality assurance and legislation
    • Management of PV systems
    • Consulting
    • PV greencard
  • Dave Mathews has been involved in the PV industry for the past 6 years following a long career in the corporate world. Utilization of renewable resources has been a passion for many, many years. Key milestones are as follows

    2017 – opening of the maxx I solar academy Zimbabwe with the inaugural Sunrise Intermediate course in Zimbabwe

    2016 – completed the training requirements laid down as a prerequisite of maxx aolar, undertaking all the required courses and participating in their “Train the trainer” programme

    2013 – MOU with themaxx I solar academy to open the maxx I solar academy Zimbabwe

    2011 – founder director of Sunergy (Pvt) Limited


    Qualifications

    2016 – Accredited as a maxx  trainer

    Interests

    • PV Basics
    • PV system installation
    • PV system design
    • Benefitting less fortunate communities through the introduction of Photovoltaic systems
  • Dirk has a Master degree in Environmental science (Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Dirk started working in Namibia from 2001. First as project coordinator on solid waste management and later as volunteer capacity builder on a HIV/AIDS coordinating job at Rundu Town Council. Rundu in the Kavango Region of Namibia is the twinning town of the Dutch municipality of Nieuwegein where Dirk worked as environmental advisor before.

     

    In 2011 Dirk founded Young Africa Namibia. Namibia has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa and at the same time suffers from a major skills deficit. Access to vocational training is still very limited, especially for the academically and/or financially challenged.

    With Dirk's environmental background, the Namibian skills centre introduces energy neutral and green building techniques. In 2014 he started the first training course in Installation and Maintenance of Solar Panels.

    In 2016 he joined the maxx-solar Train of Trainer Programme to prepare for expanding the maxx-solar academy to Namibia.

  • Dr. Matthias Klauss has more than 10 years of experience in planning and construction of photovoltaic (PV) systems ranging in size from 1 kWp to 20 MWp. He was our first master trainer and trained most of the maxx trainers. Since 2012 his work focuses on the site management of utility size PV projects in Europe, Africa and Australia.

    2011 - one of the 4 directors of the PV engineering company g2kv GmbH

    2010 - German RAL Quality Control Association for Solar Energy Systems

    2008 - Vice-President of DGS Turingia and master trainer of the DGS SolarSchool Thuringia

    2004 - CEO of the renewable engineering and consulting company BioVAG GbR

    1999-2005 - Bauhaus University Weimar, lecturer and project manager



    Qualifications

    2004 - Enginnering phD in the field of waste management

    2000 (environmental) civil engineering  degree (Dipl.-Ing., equals SAQA NQF Level 8)

    Interests

    • PV Basics
    • PV system installation
    • PV system design
    • Quality assurance
    • Management of PV systems
    • Consulting
    • Utility size PV

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  • Philip has been working full-time in the PV industry since 2009. He is the founder and CEO of Olivia Energy Solutions (Pty) Ltd, a company that specialises in the design and supply of PV solutions.

    2009 – Founder of Olivia Energy Solutions

    2013 – Trainer at the Maxx Solar Academy

     

     

     

     

    Qualifications

    2015 – PhD, University of Free State (theses titled “A FINANCIAL MODEL TO EVALUATE SOLAR POWER IN FREE STATE DAIRY FARMS”)

    2013 - American Association of Energy Engineers: Certified Energy Manager

    1998 – MBA, Wits Business School

    1993 – B.Com, University of Free State

    Interests

    • PV Basics
    • PV system installation
    • PV system design off-grid and grid-tied
    • Quality assurance
    • Management of PV systems
    • Financing of PV systems
    • Solar water pumping applications
    • Solar water heating
  • Francis Madari is an Electrical and Electronic engineer by profession who spent more than 20 years in the manufacturing industry in process control with emphasis on improving energy efficiencies , reduction of factory electrical maximum demand and power factor correction. A long term interest in renewable energies  drove him to join Sunergy (Pvt) as a business partner to Dave Mathews in 2016.

    2017 – opening of the maxx I solar academy Zimbabwe with the inaugural Sunrise Intermediate course in Zimbabwe

    2016 - Joined Sunergy (Pvt) ltd as a partner

    2016 – completed the training requirements laid down as a prerequisite of maxx, undertaking all the required courses and participating in their “Train the trainer” programme

    Qualifications

    • 2016 Accreditation as maxx /DGS trainer.

    Interests

    • PV Basics
    • PV system installation
    • PV system design
    • Energy management project work
    • Collaborating with NGOs in raising awareness in the use of pv to the vulnerable communities eg women and youth.
  • Interests

    • -PV basics
    • -PV system design
    • -Pv system installation
    • -Consulting