Trainer Dr. Philip Olivier

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. Living in the Freestate, Philip started out in the off-grid sector, then successfully ventured into more commercial projects and now focuses mainly on large scale off-grid projects for farms.

He has always been interested in financing topics as well and became a solar PV financing expert by finishing his PhD on a financial model for solar power for dairy farms in the Freestate.

2021 – Trainer at GREEN Solar Academy for Financing

2013 – Trainer at the maxx solar academy

2009 – Founder of Olivia Energy Solutions


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

  • 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


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