Projects and Reference List GREEN Solar Academy

Past and current projects

As a training provider and expert for training concepts, curriculum development and teaching materials, we have worked on several projects in the renewable energy sector and are active as consultants in the field of solar training. Here is a collection of outstanding activities and projects we have realised over the years:

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As part of a research project, GREEN Solar Academy has opened a Solar Centre in the small town of Alicedale in the Eastern Cape. GREEN is offering information and training in the field of solar energy to the rural population and encourages the use of solar power also outside the urban centres.

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The Solar Centre is housed in a modified shipping container that has been equipped with a solar system, inverters and second life LiFePo batteries.

It works as a demo site and information hub as well as an open space for future business ideas related to productive use of energy. A local project manager and four interns are running the container and are offering solar energy services. uYilo, the e-mobility programme of the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth are charging two e-vehicles at the solar centre and will do research on usage and charging patterns. Click here to read the full story.

PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Youth, Professionals

Country: South Africa

Period: 2022

Project Partner: uYilo e-mobility programme

Project Title: SESA

Client / Contractor: Siemens Stiftung as part of Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA)


 

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DGS in partnership with GREEN Solar Academy facilitated a stakeholder workshop and development of a training course on pico solar systems and the respective training of trainers in Maputo, Mozambique.

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PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Professionals

Country: Mozambique

Period: 2019

Project Partner: LV Thüringen der DGS e.V.

Project Title: Consulting for training in the PV sector

Client / Contractor: GIZ Mozambique Energising Development (EnDev)


 

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GREEN’s role in the PartnerAfrica Ghana project was to develop curricula and training content on Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) for training and information sessions for different target groups in Ghana, and to deliver these events in Ghana. In order to evaluate the knowledge and training needs of the target group, GREEN conducted several interviews with representatives of the target group and a stakeholder dialogue.

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Together with experienced GREEN trainers from the GREEN Solar Academy Ghana and Ethiopia, we developed a comprehensive 4-day training programme focusing on types of pumping & irrigation systems, pumping concepts, water requirements for irrigation, system planning & design, O&M and the financial viability of SPIS in cocoa farming. We delivered the training twice, once to members of the Renewable Energy Working Group of the Association of Ghana Industries in Accra and once to engineering students at the Takoradi Technical University.

The aim of the PartnerAfrica project in Ghana was not only to train PV installers, but also to educate cocoa farmers and the food processing industry about the potential of solar irrigation, so we designed and delivered 17 end-user information sessions.

PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Professionals

Country: Ghana

Period: Nov 2022 to Oct 2023

Other Involved Parties: GREEN Solar Academy Ghana

Project Title: PartnerAfrica Project Ghana (PAPG) “Solar Ghana Cocoa” in the framework of the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation between the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI)

Client / Contractor: Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V.

 

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DGS in collaboration with GREEN Solar Academy converted training material for a short course for solar PV installers at vocational training level in Ethiopia into an eLearning course.

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GREEN developed the course concept and implementation roadmap. The training content created consists of 33 lectures with a narrating voice, 26 practical videos and 7 podcasts and each lecture includes interactive exercises. The course is divided into 7 chapters of which each ends with an exam. The course was created in English and Amharic language. The technical implementation was realised by Zabai Ltd. who created the eLearning platform. After the course creation, the Ethiopian college teachers were trained in the eLearning content and handling of the eLearning platform by GREEN and Zabai and a concept to integrate the eLearning into existing teaching structures was jointly developed.

PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Trainers and Teachers, Youth

Country: Ethiopia

Period: 2020 to 2021

Project Partners: LV Thüringen der DGS e.V., Zabai Ltd.

Project Title: Digital and Online Green Energy TVET

Client / Contractor: ADRA Deutschland e.V.

 

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DGS in partnership with GREEN and the Solar Energy Foundation facilitated the development of a national solar PV curriculum and teaching and learning material for TVET colleges in Ethiopia.

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At 4 pilot colleges in Tigray and Oromia, training facilities were equipped with PV demo systems and training of trainers was implemented for the teachers of the 4 pilot colleges.

In cooperation with the task force of the Ethiopian Federal and regional TVET agencies, a solar training curriculum was finalised and the team facilitated the task force with the development of learner guides, teacher guides and assessment guides for a 3-year training programme. From the full qualification, a 3-months short course was extracted and the training material was prepared accordingly. Based on the short course, teachers from the 4 pilot colleges were trained in two batches in Adama and Mekele.

The training focused on solar PV basics, basic design and installation of PV off-grid systems and comprised of a theoretical training part with exercises and a practical part where the teachers facilitated the installation of the 4 demo PV systems at the colleges.

PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Trainers and Teachers

Country: Ethiopia

Period: 2019 to 2021

Project Partners: LV Thüringen der DGS e.V., Solar Energy Foundation Ethiopia

Project Title: GREEN Energy TVET in Oromia and Tigray, AF19-036

Client / Contractor: ADRA Deutschland e.V.


 

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GREEN Solar Academy trained 20 qualified electricians on the 5-day SuperSolarSchool, our PV GreenCard training for SAPVIA (South African Photovoltaic Industry Association) and EWSETA (Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority).

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GREEN assisted SAPVIA with the registration of participants, provided a group training for 17 participants in Johannesburg and offered 3 participants to attend a scheduled training in Cape Town.

GREEN’s task was to prepare the participants for the SAPVIA PV Assessment with the SuperSolarSchool Training. The goal of the SAPVIA, EWSETA cooperation project was to increase the pool of upskilled electricians and PV GreenCard certified installers.

PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Professionals

Country: South Africa

Period: November 2023

Project Title: PV GREENCARD TRAINING

Client / Contractor: SAPVIA – South African PV Industry Association

 

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GREEN Solar Academy developed a training and training progress monitoring package for SANEDI’s Energy Service Companies. The training was aimed at meeting the overall training objectives for SANEDI Energy Service Companies (ESCo’s), which include gaining/enhancing safe and quality Solar PV installation skills.

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GREEN conducted a 5-day PV GreenCard SuperSolarSchool training program at the GREEN Solar Academy Gauteng, which was divided into three batches and accommodated a total of 60 participants. GREEN collaborated with SANEDI to select the participants and provide guidance on the selection criteria and considerations for participant screening. To measure the program’s effectiveness, GREEN designed an online pre- and post-training knowledge assessments. GREEN also carefully recorded the progress of the participants and the project as a whole. This culminated in a comprehensive project report.

PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Professionals

Country: South Africa

Period: May to October 2023

Project Title: PV GreenCard training for SANEDI Energy Service Companies (ESCo’s)

Client / Contractor: SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute)

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GREEN and Valentin Software GmbH facilitated the development of photovoltaic training programmes for Ghanaian and Togolese students and young graduates in partnership with the Takoradi Technical University, TTU, and the Kya Energy Institute, respectively and set up a fully equipped Solar Training Centre at the university.

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In Ghana, the project began with the design of the Solar Training Centre for the Takoradi Technical University, which was equipped with two PV system model roofs. The centre was officially inaugurated in early 2022. GREEN offered a training of trainers programme to 30 lecturers and facilitated the creation of a PV training programme for B-Tech graduates and engineering students. Furthermore, GREEN facilitated the implementation of the first training sessions to enable TTU to independently offer the course in the long run.

Parallel to the work in Ghana, an online training solution was developed for Togo. Together with the project partner KYA Energy Institute, the GREEN eLearning platform, green.zabai.org, was adapted for Togo and the entire French-speaking West African region. 2 eLearning programmes, the basic course Principles of PV Systems and the advanced course PV Off-grid Technician, were translated and adapted for the French-speaking West African market. GREEN also developed and delivered a training of trainers programme to use the eLearning courses as blended learning materials and trained 22 university lecturers from 10 African countries.

As a result, a total of 52 trainers/lecturers and 609 students were trained in 11 countries. GREEN also supported the involved University to set up an internship and job placement programme.

PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Trainers and Teachers, University Students

Country: Ghana, Togo

Period: Oct 2020 to Sep 2023

Project Partners: Valentin Software GmbH, University of Lomé, KYA-Energy Group, Takoradi Technical University

Project Title: developpp Ghana & Togo Implementation of PV training at universities in Ghana and Togo and job placement for the youth, SAP Nr. 4620

Client / Contractor: DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH


 

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GREEN Solar Academy trained sales employees from Masana Petroleum Solutions on the Solar 101 course, which is an intro into the Solar PV industry. GREEN assisted with the registration of all the participants and provided a group training for 18 participants in our Johannesburg training centre.

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PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Professionals

Country: South Africa

Period: October 2023

Client / Contractor: Masana Petroleum Solutions


 

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GREEN was tasked by the South African non-governmental organisation KP Cares to customize a training programme on the principles of PV systems and PV Mounting for unemployed youth in North West, Free State, and Northern Cape provinces. The overall objective of the training programme was to upskill 100 young people to prepare them for internships and subsequently jobs in the PV industry, preferably in their own region.

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GREEN tailored a special programme for the youth including the eLearning course Principles of PV Systems, the PV introductory course Solar 101 and the practical installation course PV Mounter.

For the 1-week basic training sessions, the GREEN trainers travelled to the respective provinces. The basic training started with the eLearning course, Principles of PV Systems, offered in a blended learning approach. This was followed by the 3-day Solar 101 introductory course. The practical PV Mounter installation training was offered for all participants at our academy in Johannesburg.

The participants were trained in three groups, one province at a time, over the course of a year, and once all training was complete, GREEN trainers accompanied the young people on visits to solar farms.

PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Youth

Country: South Africa

Period: Oct 2022 to Oct 2023

Project Partner: GREEN Solar Academy Gauteng, Nedbank Foundation

Project Title: Provision of solar hybrid systems training for the Renewables for Socio-Economic Development Programme

Client / Contractor: KP Cares

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DGS in partnership with GREEN Solar Academy and Solar Energy Foundation Ethiopia trained lecturers at 4 different vocational training centres in Oromia, Ethiopia in PV system installation and use of a previously developed eLearning course to train solar PV basics and installation in a blended learning approach. The training consists of 2x 5 days of theoretical and installation training and 2x 5 days of refresher training.

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PROJECT DETAILS

Target Group: Trainers and Teachers

Country: Ethiopia

Period: 2022 to 2024

Project Partners: LV Thüringen der DGS e.V., Solar Energy Foundation Ethiopia

Project Title: TVET for resilience and adaptation to climate change (TRACC) in Oromia, Ethiopia

Client / Contractor: ADRA Norway

 

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