Comprehensive 5-day course on grid-tied PV systems with battery back-up. Start with the basics and climb to professional level in only one week. 5 CPD points and endorsed installation training under the PV GreenCard programme. Please refer to Prerequisites (below) prior to registering for this course.

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Description

Master the sun in one week: The SuperSolarSchool provides you with everything you need to know about solar PV. In the 5 days of training all important topics are covered. In every session, we set a strong focus on practical application. You learn about electrotechnical basics and functionality of PV systems, how to install systems correctly according to international standards and how to plan and manage and sell a project as well as size the system including the battery pack according to the client’s requirements.

Interactive exercises and involvement of the participants make the course content easy to understand and interesting to follow. Facilitators with practical experience connect you with the industry, so it is the ideal course if you want a flying start in solar photovoltaics.

The Super Solar School was developed together with the DGS (German Solar Energy Society) and align with the curriculum of the SAPVIA 5-day Solar PV Installer course. The course is the ideal preparation and recommended course before doing the SAPVIA PV GreenCard PV assessment.

Please note that while the SuperSolarSchool training is highly recommended, it is neither required nor compulsory to attend this training prior to writing the SAPVIA PV GreenCard assessment. The SuperSolarSchool is not inclusive of the PV GreenCard assessment; you will need to register for the assessment separately at a centre of your choosing: https://solar-training.org/events/26-sapvia-pv-assessment/region-ZA/

 

 

Target Audience

Everyone who wants a flying start in solar photovoltaics:

  • Technically inclined solar Newcomers
  • Employees of solar companies (technical staff and technically inclined sales and management)
  • Entrepreneurs and business founders
  • Electricians and electrical engineers
  • Professionals looking for continuous training with minimum time expenditure
  • Installers who are looking for PV GREENCARD qualification (Assessment not included)

Main Topics

Day 1 and 2:

  • Electro technical basics (series, parallel connection, current, voltage and their influence on yields, I-V-characteristic curve)
  • PV system concepts (stand-alone, grid-tied, hybrid, back-up)
  • PV system components (incl. batteries), reading of data sheets
  • Basics of grid-tied PV system installation

Day 3:

  • Site preparation, tools and equipment,
  • Practical installation of a grid-tied PV system incl. commissioning 
  • Routine inspections, data capturing, testing, trouble shooting, operation and maintenance

Day 4 and 5:

  • Project management (timeline, laws and regulation, procedures) 
  • Site survey and on-site inspection
  • Planning and design of grid-tied PV systems (with and without battery storage), calculation of roof-top PV systems and extension of grid-tied systems to back-up systems, fault finding and quality assurance
  • Demo of PV simulation software (4 week software license PV*SOL Premium included)
  • Sales, marketing and customer consultation

 

Accreditation

  • International accreditation by the German Solar Energy Society DGS e.V.
  • 5 CPD credits by SAIEE
  • SAPVIA endorsed PV GreenCard Training course (preparation for the SAPVIA PV Assessment)

Prerequisites

Click here to do a self-evaluation to assess if you are ready for the course.

The course is open to all participants who want to gain knowledge in solar PV. Nevertheless, the pace is quite brisk. Maths skills on matric level are recommended (math literacy not sufficient) to be able to completely follow the course. If you have any doubts, do the self-evaluation before the course; once you have started the course, there is no possibility to claim back the course fee if the level of training proves to be too difficult.

Recommended NQF level to participate: 4

To prepare for the course, you can watch some videos on PV basics that we have compiled on our Youtube channel.

If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, we recommend you complete the self-evaluation and then contact us. If you don't feel prepared for the SuperSolarSchool, we have a great alternative which is called Solar 101: fewer calculations, still 100% PV knowledge.

 

NOTE: A participant must have an attendance rate of at least 90% in order for GREEN Solar Academy to issue a certificate of attendance.

Registration Process

When you click on BOOK THIS COURSE, you will need to provide all of your particulars in order to be issued with a a pro-forma invoice. Your attendance of any training or assessment can only be confirmed on full payment of the invoice. Please consult our T&Cs for more information.

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This was the best decision made. They are patient and take time to explain and use real life examples. It then all makes sense

Vincent Kundayi Chihwari

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This academy is brilliant, the way their courses are arranged is just good. Thumbs up to the trainers!

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Very good training programme that I would recommend to all PV enthusiasts. The trainers displayed very good technical competence. Thank you GREEN Academy Zimbabwe.

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Very professional course, the lectures where fantastic and patient. Learnt a lot and it was worth it.

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I have enjoyed the course, you have excellent facilitators, they delivered to beyond our expectations. We look forward to do more with your institution. Lovely course.

Thando Sikwila
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The course was an eye opener into the world of photovoltaic systems, a master class presented in a way this is easy to follow and understand. I would definitely recommend this to anyone serious about the photovoltaic industry.

Wandile Vella
Alumni 2021

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The quality and professionalism was beyond my expectations. It is a life changing course delivered by brilliant lecturers. Highly recommended!

Ronald Baxter
SANRAL Technical Innovations / 2018 Alumni SuperSolarSchool

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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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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!

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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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