About us: Independent Training Institute
The GREEN Solar Academy PTY Ltd. is an independent training provider and a spin-off of the maxx-solar academy. Our academies follow the German DGS SolarSchool approach and all academies and courses are accredited by the German Solar Energy Society (DGS).
GREEN stands for Global Renewable Energy & Efficiency Network as our goal is not only to provide training but to build up a network of PV installers all over Africa. GREEN is the link between manufacturers, wholesalers, associations and PV installers, our alumni.
Our services are:
- Global Renewable Energy & Efficiency Network
- Photovoltaic training courses in our academies
- Inhouse and customised photovoltaic training courses
- Solar training consultancy (training programme development, training of trainers, curriculum and TTLM* development)
- Project management
*Teacher Training and Learning Materials
The GREEN Approach
The GREEN Solar Academies are centrally organised and locally implemented following the approach of the German DGS SolarSchools. The GREEN Solar Academy PTY Ltd. develops the training programme, trains all trainers and manages the local GREEN Academies. The task of the individual academies is to conduct the course in their regions with local GREEN accredited trainers. This approach guarantees:
- Uniform course content at all locations
- International recognition
- Local capacity building
- Local ownership
The approach of all trainings through the GREEN Solar Academy is to be as practical as possible. All courses place considerable emphasis on hands-on exercises to not only teach theoretical knowledge but practical application. GREEN training follows modern teaching methods, such as interactive sessions, learning questions and different types of self-tests to ensure the optimal learning effect. The training programmes are product-neutral and are continuously updated to keep pace with market requirements and trends.
By involving industry partners already in the courses, we make sure that there is always a practical connection to the industry. After training more than 2500 PV installers in Africa, we have built up a strong and widespread network that includes among others installation companies, EPCs, manufacturers, consultants, public and governmental players.
Already during the training, we encourage the participants to exchange and network. For many participants, the training is the first step into a successful business, and we offer several complimentary services to our alumni to help them grow. Read more about the GREENetwork here.
The story started in 2011, when a German solar company, maxx-solar & energie, and a German NGO, the German Solar Energy Society DGS, joined forces to promote the use of solar energy in South Africa. Together they founded a company called maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd.
maxx-solar & energie brought its experience as photovoltaics service provider, including the planning, construction and maintenance of residential, commercial or agricultural PV power plants to the company. The German Solar Energy Society DGS brought its international experience in solar training programme development and implementation and its independent training programme to the company and to South Africa. As solar energy was still at its beginning in South Africa, this 2 in 1 solution was perfect to develop the market. Between 2011 and 2020, the jointly founded maxx | solar academy trained over 2000 participants in Southern Africa.
Inauguration of the maxx-solar academy in Gauteng, 2012 at AHK Pretoria
Training graduates in Mozambique
Adjusting to a Growing Market
By now, the solar industry has left its niche and more and more people are working in the industry. Newcomers, professionally experienced solar technicians, craftsmen and students are looking for specific training opportunities. In order to meet this demand, maxx-solar energy PTY Ltd decided to set up an online training programme. The maxx-solar online academy will offer webinars of international experts based on its 15 years of experience in the solar industry and its international network of experts.
The maxx-solar training centres, which have been offering face-to-face training since 2011, are being continued by the GREEN Solar Academy from 2020. The GREEN Solar Academy PTY Ltd. is a spin-off of the maxx-solar academy under the direction of Antje Klauß-Vorreiter and Vivian Blümel. The GREEN Solar Academy is 100% independent and local. The offered trainings focus on practical application and are adapted to the respective countries. The trainers are mostly solar technicians themselves who have gone through an extensive Training of Trainer program.
Bringing People Together – GREENetwork
With the further development of the training offers, maxx and GREEN want to provide their alumni and the PV industry with a training offer tailored to the different needs. Together, we are pursuing the goal of training many people, getting them into employment and thus making a noticeable contribution to climate protection and the global energy turnaround.
Since 2012, we have been training solar installers in the whole of Africa and with the maxx-Alumni we have built up the largest network of solar installers in Africa. To give installers a voice and connect the industry with installers, the GREEN Solar Academy is founding the GREENnetwork, which is open to maxx and GREEN alumni. Together, we are united by the goal of advancing the solar electrification of Africa.
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