Africa‘s Premier Training
Institute on Solar Power

Training hundreds of engineers, architects, craftsmen and interested citizens

2022 means a decade of sharing our knowledge and experience with local installers! That’s right, GREEN is celebrating 10 years of solar training in South Africa, initially as maxx-solar and then, since 2020, as GREEN Solar Academy. Read about our history here and follow us on Facebook as we look back at our milestone achievements.
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Solar Installation Training Course | Johannesburg | Cape Town

Solar Installation Training Course by GREEN Solar Academy in South Africa (Johannesburg & Cape Town)

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PV Mounter Course

How to install solar systems: The essentials in a practical 2-day course.



A one week practical training that aligns with the SAPVIA 5-day Solar PV Installer course for PV GreenCard.

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Designer Commercial PV

Masterclass on design and construction of roof-mounted PV systems in the range of 10 to 1000 kWp.

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SAPVIA PV Installer Assessment

Successful participation is a key qualification to become part of the SAPVIA PV GreenCard programme.


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Thank you it was very informative and well presented and I look forward to receiving a copy of the presentation as it is worth training my staff.

- John Stroebel, Deltec


They have good service to let everyone understand the basic concept of solar.

- Livhuwani Dzivhani‎ 


I found the course exceptionally good! The two presenters had a lot of experience on PV farms and it was a very valuable, practical course.

- Brett Fikile


    What people say about GREEN


    Ronald Baxter
    SANRAL Technical Innovations / 2018 Alumni SuperSolarSchool

    Ronald Baxter

    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!

    Scott Andrew

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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!

    Fikile Khiva

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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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    Lockdown won’t keep us down!

    Let’s not fall into lockdown lethargy, there is a lot to do! USe the time to prepare your own exit strategy, what will you do when the world goes on?

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    Covid-19 Statement: We’re trying to keep going!

    Corona crisis is affecting us all. We as a training provider which offers on-site courses also have to react. We are aware of the danger of the virus and want

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    9th GREEN Solar Academy Successfully Launched in Accra, Ghana

    Dr. Michael Blank, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana), Dipl.-Ing. Antje Klauss-Vorreiter and Prof. Dr. Yao Azoumah, both GREEN Solar Academy West Africa, launched the Academy

    GREEN Solar Academy goes West Africa

    GREEN Solar Academy celebrates next week on 25 February the official launch of the GREEN Solar Academy Ghana. Yao AZOUMAH and Antje Klauss-Vorreiter will present our training programme and want

    GREEN Solar Academy Cape Town

    Our new Home in Cape Town | GREEN & Salesian Life Choices

    May we present our new training partner in Cape Town! Matt Fisher fom Life Choices is the new director of the GREEN Solar Academy Cape Town. Antje and Matt signed

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    It’s Valentin’s Day – Up to 36% on PV Sol

    Are you playing with the thought of getting a software for your PV designs? 14th Feb is the perfect day to do so. Valentin software has some great discounts to

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    Valentin Partnership Launch | GREEN Solar Academy

    maxx │ solar energy PTY Ltd. and Valentin Software went maxx went into a strategic  partnership with Valentin Software. Starting from 2018, maxx is the official agent for Valentin’s PV*SOL and PV*SOL



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    No matter if you are starting your own business, searching for a job in the PV industry or just checking your options, gaining some knowledge is always the first step.


    Get free advice now!

    Save research time and sign up for a training!

    No matter if you are starting your own business, searching for a job in the PV industry or just checking your options, gaining some knowledge is always the first step.


    Get free advice now!

    Not sure which training to choose? What qualification to get? Call or email us and we’ll talk about it!


    Solar Energy on the Rise: Effective Way to Fight Load Shedding

    The solar industry is one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa. At the moment, the interest in the technology is huge as it provides a cost-effective and easy way to become energy independent. In times of massive load shedding, companies are suffering from the frequent power cuts. But especially small enterprises and shops can benefit from solar energy generation and use it as a simple solution to back-up their offices.

    Even before the power crisis, people started to discover the benefits of generating their own electricity and the increasing demand now offers various employment and business development opportunities. With our training courses we create the perfect entry point for anyone who wants to join this new industry.

    Getting into the Industry, becoming a Solar Installer

    What is important when you are getting started with your business? Or when you are looking for a job in the solar industry? You want to pick up skills as effective and fast as possible.

    We offer a 5-day training course, the SuperSolarSchool that provides you with exactly that. It offers an overview of all steps that are relevant for solar installations. You get solid knowledge of all those fields and have a basis to decide what you want to specialise in.

    As a next step, you can do further qualifications. For planning and design we have a 3-day advanced course, the Designer for Commercial Size Systems and a 1-day course on software design with PV Sol.

    Trusted Training Provider since 2012

    Following the approach of the German Solar Energy Society DGS, we started our trainings in South Africa in 2012, still under the name of maxx-solar academy then. Over time, we founded branches also in the neighbouring countries and improved the course programme with every training we offered.

    By now, we have created an academy that follows a unique approach. We are working closely with our trainers to develop our courses. The majority of them have their own PV company so we can make sure that the trainings are 100% practice relevant. All training courses have a significant share of practical exercises and combine modern teaching methods with time-efficient learning.

    To go even further, we have created Africa’s largest network of PV Installers. In frequent meetings we keep in touch with our graduates and help them to connect with each other and important players in the industry.

    Become a Professional PV Installer: Endorsed PV GreenCard Training

    PV Installations are not rocket science. Nevertheless, you should know what you are doing and stand out from the masses. Our training courses equip you with the necessary skills and certification.

    Our 5-day training course SuperSolarSchool is the official SAPVIA PV GreenCard preparation course. We are also nationally accredited by SAIEE, the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. For attending the SuperSolarSchool you get 4.5 CPD points. The course is also internationally accredited by the German Solar Energy Society DGS.

    After the training, you can achieve the SAPVIA PV GreenCard Installer Qualification by going through an assessment in our assessment centre in Johannesburg. The Assessment centre was established in 2017 as the second centre in the country. Various manufacturers contributed to the equipment of the centre to support the PV GreenCard programme, e.g. IBC Solar, Hellermann Tyton and Resolution Circle.

    The PV GreenCard is a voluntary quality assurance programme by SAPVIA, the South African PV Industry Association. Accredited PV GreenCard Installers are allowed to issue PV GreenCards for their PV installations to prove that they follow SAPVIA’S installation guidelines and quality standards. It can be compared to a CoC (Certificate of Compliance) for PV Systems, but on a voluntary basis.

    Our trainings are not only trusted by individuals and newly founded businesses, also municipalities and corporates are sending their staff members to get trained and achieve official PV installer certification. For example, we developed a training course for the City of Tshwane to teach their own staff members and trained their staff. We also offered a training for youth funded by the Social Development Fund to introduce them to career opportunities in the solar branch.

    The GREEN team also brings in a lot of international experience that they gathered during training courses in Germany and other countries. They realised trainings and projects in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, of which many were executed on behalf of the German Solar Energy Society DGS. The topics were mostly teaching and off-grid and back-up solar technology.

    Opportunities in the South African PV Market: PV Experts needed

    The energy market in South Africa is in quite an interesting state at the moment. Frequent power failures due to insufficient power generating capacities cause problems all over the country. As a result, it is no wonder that solar PV technology is becoming more and more popular. Especially backup systems, solar systems with battery storage that provide electricity in times of power failure are a popular product. Over the past years, solar energy has proven that it can provide a significant contribution to the country’s energy supply and by now over 94 MW of roof-top solar PV is installed in South Africa.

    Nevertheless, it is still a common misunderstanding that solar modules instantly provide load shedding cure. Additionally to the solar modules a battery storage and a special inverter is needed that can create an island grid. These backup systems are mostly used in residential areas. For commercial and utility size usually grid-tied solar systems are installed. Those systems are made to generate electricity to cover a company’s or a city’s power demand from the power of the sun.

    For all sectors of solar installations, skilled personnel are needed to meet the increasing demand. The tasks in the solar industry are quite diverse. There is hands-on work for technicians and mounters in the field of installation, commissioning and connecting of solar systems and a high portion of electrical works. Planning and design of PV systems, as well as project and construction site management falls under engineering. After the installation, there is maintenance and monitoring to be done which can also be executed either by technicians. And of course, also marketing and administration staff is needed for solar companies.

    In our courses we train all the different kinds of staff together in one class because we think that it is important to know the whole value chain. PV planners must know what is going on on site, even though they are not the ones installing the actual solar system and vice-versa. To specialize in a certain field, we offer advanced level courses, e.g. on installation, software-based design or the planning of commercial size PV.

    Register to become a qualified solar installer

    As a result of all the experience we have and our unique approach, you can expect a very high level of quality and professionalism in all our training courses. For us, the most important goal is to support your career in the solar industry and make it as easy as possible to find your personal way.

    Sign up today and become part of the GREENetwork!

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