Join the first SAPVIA 5-day Solar PV Installer course


When:  26-30 June 2017
Where:  maxx I solar academy Johannesburg
Registration: maxx-energy.arlo.co/za/upcoming-courses
Content: see pdf data sheet or online course description


R12,000.00 excl. VAT

R10,800.00 excl. VAT (maxx alumni and SAPVIA members)


  • SuperSolarSchool participants are able to design, plan and quote for the installation of state-of the-art PV roof-top back-up systems and to install and operate them.
  • The SuperSolarSchool is in line with the SAPVIA 5-Day Solar PV Installer Course and thus the ideal preparation for the SAPVIA Solar PV Assessment.
  • The SuperSolarSchool and the successful participation in the SAPVIA Solar PV Assessment will allow you to apply for the QCTO "Solar PV service technician"


16.06.2017 |

FAQs on PV GreenCard

SAPVIA launched the new PV GreenCard on 26th May 2017. Here are the most frequent asked questions.

PV GreenCard

What is a PV GreenCard?

The PV GreenCard is a comprehensive document that qualified installers provide to their clients on the completion of a project. The PV GreenCard contains details of the installation such as, what sort of PV modules and PV inverters were used, as well a checklist of all of the necessary installation steps that were completed. This document can be used as proof of compliance for insurance, finance, and regulatory purposes.


What are the benefits of my solar system having a PV GreenCard certification?

The most important aspect of the PV GreenCard is peace of mind that your Solar PV installation complies with industry and international best practice and installers meet minimum internationally bench-marked quality and safety standards.


Why should I choose a PV GreenCard certified installer?

International solar PV experts have worked together with SAPVIA for over a year to develop the PV GreenCard training outline and material in line with the national Solar PV Technician Qualification. Successful candidates are issued with an Occupational Certificate as a Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician. There are more than fifteen tertiary learning institutions around the country that are registered to provide this training.


How do I find a certified PV GreenCard installer?

You can access a database of qualified and verifiable solar PV installers in your area via the PV GreenCard website www.pvgreencard.co.za


Who can issue a PV GreenCard?

A PV GreenCard can only be issued by PV GreenCard qualified installers who are registered with the Department of Labour.


How do I register to become a certified PV GreenCard installer?

Step 1 Join the SuperSolarSchool

The Super Solar School is a one week training developed by 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 for the PV GreenCard solar PV assessment.

Sept 2 Participate in the PV Installation Assessment

Installers successfully completing the assessment will receive a Certificate from maxx-solar academy and SAPVIA and will qualify to be part of a SAPVIA endorsed installer database which also forms a key entry point to become part of the PV GreenCard programme. The 2 day SAPVIA PV Installation Assessment includes a theoretical as well as a practical assessment where candidates are required to mount PV installations on a simulated roof environment. The purpose of this assessment is primarily to ascertain competency of installers and vet their abilities in order to gain access to the PV GreenCard quality programme.

Step 3 Register as a SAPVIA PV GreenCard Installer

Once you sucessfully passed the PV Installation assessment your company can register you in the SAPVIA PV GreenCard database. Therefore, your employing company must:

  1. register under the PV GreenCard programme and
  2. add you as competent PV installer to the database

The registration form to become a PV GreenCard endorsed service provider can be accessed on the SAPVIA PV GreeCard page. It is important to note that your company will only be recognised as an endorsed service provider once you have enlisted suitably qualified PV installers.

Installers should hold an electricians qualification/ wireman‘s license, be registered with the DoL and have undergone and successfully completed the Solar PV Installation Assessment.

Step 4 Get promoted on the PV GreenCard website

PV GreenCard endorsed service providers will form part of the SAPVIA PV GreenCard online database. Once registered you will be exposed to potential clients via the search engine on the PV GreenCard website. The PV GreenCard will also comfort the client in your sales communication. With the PV GreenCard you are able to prove that your installation will adhere to latest technical as well as safety standards and regulations.

Step 5 Install legally-safe PV systems with the PV GreenCard

The PV GreenCard is a comprehensive documentation of your PV unit’s installation and used component. This is a voluntary industry quality declaration that encompasses the processes and procedures of the DoL’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) amongst others.

Where can I participate in the PV Assessment?

As per June 2017, there are two PV Assessment centres in South Africa:

  • Cape Town, operated by Green Cape and SARETEC
  • Johannesburg operated by maxx-solar academy and Resolution Circle

All dates for the Assessments in Johannesburg are published on our website: https://maxx-energy.arlo.co/za/courses/26-sapvia-pv-assessment

maxx-soalr academy trainer Philip Olivier after the successful PV Assessment. He is now with his company Olivia Energy Solusions PTY Ltd.  officially part of the PV GreenCard programme and one of the first certified PV GreenCard installers.

24.05.2017 |

Win a Sunny Boy 3.6 at the African Utility Week

maxx I solar academy, IBC Solar South Africa and SMA invite you to join the

German Day at the German Pavillion, Hall 1 African Utility Week

17 May 11:00-13:00

See the full programme here.

We will present the maxx/IBC/SMA network and the latest product development during our presentation:


Joint presentation of the knowledge and technology network made in Germany and launch of the Sunny Boy 3.0 – 5.0 generation

Mrs. Antje Klauss-Vorreiter, maxx I solar academy, Mr. Daniel Haitzler IBC Solar PTY Ltd., Mr. Thorsten Ronge, SMA Solar Technology South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Join the Launch and win a sunny boy 3.6

Exhibition pass for free - Register at http://www.african-utility-week.com/register

09.05.2017 |

African Utility Week Discount

Everyone how registers and/or pays for a maxx I solar academy course during the African Utility week will get the 15% AUW discount.

Registration for upcoming solar courses

09.05.2017 |

Now in Zim: Let's do solar together!

The maxx-solar academy is now in Zimbabwe.

In South Africa, the maxx-solar academy has already trained more than 1500 participants. Now the maxx-solar acacemy trainings are also available in Zimbabwe and on the 16th and 17th of February the first course will take place. Dave and Francis (see picture) will be your hosts and trainers.

The first course will be a Sunrise Intermediate off-grid course. A 2-day beginner’s course especially tailored for Zimbabweans:

  • Entrepreneurs,
  • new staff members of solar companies,
  • electricians
  • and ambitious job seekers

You are all welcome to sign up for training! 2 days of training, USD 300.00 p.p. excl. VAT, discounts for alumni staff members available.


Our trainers Dave and Francis both work for Sunergy, a Zimbabwean solar company. They have experience with off-grid systems, as well as larger PV systems.

Because it is the first course, we have even more support: Mr. Martin Pollack from South Africa owner of Treetops Renewable Energy Systems and Antje Klauss-Vorreiter and Vivian Bluemel from Germany who work for maxx-solar energy and the German Solar Energy Society will be attending the course and support the team.

Book and pay until 18 January and get 15% early bird discount!

Info & Registration online: https://maxx-energy.arlo.co/zw/upcoming-courses


PV is easy? For those who know, indeed!

But the perfectly fitted system requires a bit more than the skill to use any PV calculator on the internet: Sunrise Intermediate off-grid Course

Learn within 2 days what solar photovoltaic is about:

  • How sunlight is converted to electricity (hands-on exercise with training kits)
  • what is power, what does it do and how to connect cables
  • what types of solar systems and applications exist
    • how to distinguish quality and rubbish
    • what are the components of a small off-grid system and how to design it
    • how to install a small scale (95Wp) off-grid system (hands-on installation exercise)

After the course you will know:

  • which system is the right one for which client
  • what steps are necessary to plan and install a system
  • what are the main components of an off-grid system and how to match them

You want to become an expert? The Sunrise Solar Course is the basis to attend more courses, e.g. our Solar Power Technician or Designer Course. We will offer expert courses later this year.

Download our course data sheet for more information. You are welcome to also recommend the training to colleagues, friends and family!



12.01.2017 |

Sunrise Intermediate Course in Namibia

8 Namibians already participate in the first Sunrise Intermendiate Course in Namibia in October 2016. The next trainings are offered in March and May 2016.


The Participants especially liked that they "learned all basics of PV" and that they "got a comprehensive introduction in the world of PV".

05.12.2016 |

Learn how to Engineer PV Systems


Register for both courses and become a DGS Solar Power Designer. The Sunrise Intermediate Course forms the first 2 days of the Solar Power Designer Course.

Please register now for both courses to:

  • Perform site surveys,
  • Consult your customers to design the right PV system,
  • Design grid-tied PV system according the consumption patterns,
  • Select the system components, and auxiliaries,
  • Prepare a feasibility study and quotation for roof-top, grid-tied PV systems.
  • get 10% discount

05.12.2016 |

Press Release - New maxx I solar academy successfully launched in Namibia


New Walvis Bay based maxx-solar academy successfully launched

On 9th November, Thuringian Minister of Economy cut the red ribbon and officially opened the maxx-solar academy Namibia at the Windhoek Country Club.

Mr. Wolfgang Tiefensee, Thuringian Minister of Economy, Mr. Ulrich Kinne from the German Embassy in Namibia and Mr. Andreas Krey from the State Development Corporation Thuringia officially inaugurated the maxx-solar academy in Namibia on Wednesday. The opening ceremony was part of the visit of the German delegation in Namibia and gave a best practice example of German-Namibian cooperation.


About the concept

The newly founded training academy offers short courses in the field of solar Photovoltaic. The aim is to give entrepreneurs and company staff members the opportunity to improve their knowledge in this rather new part of technology without having to spend half a year in school again. The first trainings that are offered are a Sunrise Intermediate Course, a basic course with all foundations of solar PV, and the Solar Power Designer course, a professional course to learn exact planning and design of PV systems.

In 2011, maxx-solar academy South Africa was founded by Antje Klauss-Vorreiter from the German Solar Energy Society with support of the German company maxx-solar & energie. The academy grew over the years and also attracted many foreign participants including Namibians. This week Namibia finally inaugurated its own branch of the academy (Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo). The Namibian partners are Dirk Bellens from Young Africa Namibia Trust based in Walvis Bay and Leonhard Eins from Solsquare Namibia - Windhoek. Dirk who has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the Netherlands is the official director of the academy, he and his colleague Taurai Mirimi will be the main trainers in the country.

The trainings are managed centrally from the maxx-solar academy headquarter in Weimar, Germany who also delivers the content of the lectures according international quality standards. The training itself is performed by the local academies who know their country and participants best and can combine the German technology know-how with local experience.


Focus on quality

So far, there are no official quality standards for photovoltaic installations in Namibia. Experience shows that this attracts many market participants and leads to poor quality installations. The maxx-solar academy targets business owners and solar companies who are already in operation or think about expanding into solar PV as a new business field. The courses are between 1.5 and 5 days long and give the participants the opportunity to attend without missing too much from their existing work life.

All trainings in the maxx-solar academy focus on practical application, the participants do a lot of hands-on exercises and the trainers mostly work in the field themselves and can teach the participants real life cases. What differs the maxx-solar academy from other training providers is its broad alumni network. The training itself is independent but if the participants want to get support with the founding of their own solar company, maxx-solar energy PTY Ltd. offers frequent alumni meetings, networking events and helps with the planning and design of first projects.


More information?

The next Intermediate Sunrise course will be organised 6 and 7 March 2017 in Otjiwarongo and 24 and 25 April 2017 in Walvis Bay. Others courses can be found on the internet at https://maxx-energy.arlo.co/na/upcoming-courses. For more information please contact Dirk Bellens, namibia@maxx-energy-academy.org.


Press contact: Dirk Bellens

maxx-solar academy

Office: 064 202280, Mobile: 081 6203095, namibia@maxx-energy-academy.org,



Picture 01: Inauguration Ceremony (see above)

On the picture from left to right: Antje Klauss-Vorreiter (founder maxx-solar academy South Africa) , Dirk Bellens (director maxx-solar academy Namibia), Wolfgang Tiefensee (Minister of Economy, Science and Digital Society of the State of Thuringia), Leonhard Eins (Managing Director Solsquare Namibia), Ullrich Kinne (Deputy Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Namibia) and Andreas Krey from the State Development Corporation Thuringia

Picture02: Dirk Bellens presents the local partner Young Africa and the objective of the maxx I solar academy Namibia




© Picture: Julia Janse van Vuuren, +27 72 5194637; info@julia-jansevanvuuren.co.za



05.12.2016 |

Press Release - Relaunch of the maxx-solar academy Cape Town

Press Release


14 November 2016


Relaunch of the maxx-solar academy Cape Town

Mayor Patricia de Lille and Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, Freestate of Thuringia, Germany inaugurated today the maxx-solar academy in cooperation with SARETEC

The maxx-solar academy was established in 2011 by the German Solar Energy Society DGS and the maxx I solar energy PTY Ltd. Since than more than 1500 engineers, architects, craftsmen and interested citizens have been taking part in the maxx-academy courses in Africa. The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) is the first national renewable energy technology centre in South Africa and has been established at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). maxx I solar academy and SARETEC unites the objective to pave the way for a sustainable use of solar power by education. After a first meeting end of 2015, both partners ratified their cooperation with an MOU signed in April 2016. Mayor Patricia de Lille and Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, Freestate of Thuringia, Germany officially inaugurated the maxx I solar academy Cape Town in cooperation with SARETEC on 10 November 2016.

See the whole press release here


The maxx I solar academy, Africa´s Premier Training Institute on Solar Power acts as non-profit training center for solar energy. It was established in 2011 by the German Solar Energy Society DGS and the maxx solar energy PTY Ltd. South Africa. Since than more than 1500 engineers, architects, craftsmen and interested citizens have been taking part in the maxx-academy and DGS courses in Africa. Our fast grow is only possible due to great local partners. All maxx-solar academy courses are centrally managed and quality assured by the maxx-solar academy team. However the single academies are operated by local partners. Presently we have 5 academies in South Africa in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Upingotn.

The maxx-solar academy in Cape Town was established 2012. Since than maxx were looking for a partner with similar objectives than maxx. With SARETEC we found a new home for our academy in Cape Town. The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) is the first national renewable energy technology centre in South Africa and has been established at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) - Bellville campus, Cape Town, South Africa. SARETEC offers specialized industry-related and accredited training for the entire renewable energy (RE) industry along with tailored short courses and workshops. This new technology centre is the perfect location to offer the maxx-solar academy trainings. SARETEC’s workshops are equipped with mock roofs and different demo photovoltaic systems which allow the maxx I solar academy to offer the hands-on training which is needed to train the future installers in state of the art installation, operation and maintenance of embedded generation PV systems.

CPUT, SARETEC and maxx signed the MOU to operate the maxx-solar academy Cape Town in cooperation with SARETEC 2016. First training courses were already offered 2016, but the inauguration

Mayor Patricia de Lille and Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, Freestate of Thuringia, Germany gave us the honour to officially inaugurate on the 10th of November the maxx-solar academy in cooperation with SARETEC. Patricia de Lille said the “training institutes like the maxx I solar academy are an important to help the City of Cape Town green development”. The origin of the maxx I solar academy is in in the Freestate of Thuriniga in Germany. The first time that Minister Tiefensee saw the engagement of maxx I solar in South Africa was during his first mission to South Africa 2015. He saw that even a small company as maxx I solar can play an important role in building up one market segment, such as maxx I solar plays with his training academy in the photovoltaic sector. Antje Klauss-Vorreiter, director of the maxx I solar academy, presented the development of the academy during the last 5 years. She said that “we came 2011 as a Germans training provider to South Africa, today we are a South African training academy with mainly South African Trainers.” The training programme of the maxx I solar academy is dynamic. Every year the academy reworks the training programme to follow the fast market development. The trainings courses are accredited internationally by the German Solar Energy Society, DGS, and locally by SAEEI. Participants will be awarded with CPD points.

The first training 2017 we offer in March. The so call SuperSolarSchool is a one week intensive course where the participants learn how to start or professionalise their solar power business in only one week. Trainers with practical experience train the design of embedded generation system and the proper installation. All our alumni’s become part of the maxx I solar alumni network. Maxx offers its alumni’s frequent network meetings, access to latest market development including new technologies and even consultants with their first projects.

Maxx I solar academy – More than only Training!



maxx I solar energy PTY Ltd.

The maxx | solar energy group with headquarters in Thuringia, Germany provides its customers with all services related to photovoltaics.

Through maxx | solar energy PTY Ltd., the maxx group extended it presence into South Africa in 2011. The service range of maxx | solar energy PTY Ltd. includes training, wholesale and consulting. As the South African Premium Partner of the German PV system integrator IBC SOLAR, we stand for the highest quality standards in wholesale of photovoltaic technology.

Our maxx-solar academy is Africa´s Premier Training Institute on Solar Power. It was established in 2011 by the German Solar Energy Society DGS and the maxxgroup. Since 2011 hundreds of engineers, architects and craftsmen have been taking part in our trainings and many of them now work as certified maxx I team installers.



Photo01: Installation Training at SARETEC


Photo02: 10 November Inauguration FLTR Sven Pietrangeli, Antje Klauss-Vorreiter, Mayor Patricia de Lille, Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee

14.11.2016 |

January discounts in the maxx-solar academy

2016 starts off well - with many offers in the maxx-solar academy:

Last chance: 2 courses for R6990

1st level course and installation course

Solar Power Sunrise Intermediate (4-5 Feb) and Solar Power Technician (8-9 Feb) in Johannesburg

Register & pay until 31st Jan to get still 2015's prices: R6990 incl. VAT for 3.5 days of training.

Register here or send an email to academy@maxx-energy.co.za. There are still spaces available, 10%-15% discount for multiple bookings.



Til 8th Feb: Be an early bird!

R2000 to save! Register and pay until 8th Feb and get a huge discount on the SuperSolarSchool in Johannesburg.

  • 4-8 April in Joburg (5 days)
  • R8000 instead of R12,000 (ex. VAT)
  • for infos email academy@maxx-energy.co.za
  • registration here


25.01.2016 |