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.
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, email@example.com.
Press contact: Dirk Bellens
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
2016 starts off well - with many offers in the maxx-solar academy:
Last chance: 2 courses for R6990
1st level course and installation course
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- registration here
On 9-10 March, the first training in our new maxx-solar academy Upington will take place.
Last week on 18th Jan, Boiketlo Rapoo from Kemali Trading and Antje Klauss-Vorreiter the director of maxx-soalr academy met and signed the contract for the latest academy. Boiketlo and Nkululeko Ntombela are our new partners in Upington and are already looking forward to many participants from the Northern Cape!
The first upcoming course:
- Sunrise Intermediate Course, 9-10 March, Upington
Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry. From 10-12 June 2015 all the big names from solar industry will meet in Munich, Germany. Don't miss the chance to meet the maxx-solar team Vivian and Antje at the DGS Intersolar booth B2.555.
Meet the maxx team on 12 June from 10am to 1pm at B2.555, Intersolar Munich.
Join the DGS Sunrise Intermediate Course and get the technical knowledge and understanding of Photovoltaic (PV) systems.
The course is designed to equip the participants with the fundamental and relevant knowledge to participate in one of the professional training courses of the maxx-solar academy.
SPI participants will get an introduction
- Photovoltaic (PV) basics
- Types and components of PV systems
- Sizing of PV on-grid system
Who should attend?
- Participants how want to learn the fundamental of PV systems
- Professionals who want to participate in our professional courses
Who are the trainers?
- Courses are delivered by DGS-certified instructors with hands-on experience and profound scientific knowledge.
- Minimum two instructors per course
- The Designer courses are mastered by Dr.-Ing. Matthias Klauss. Dr.-Ing., DGS trainer with more than 10 years’ experience in the planning and construction of photovoltaic (PV) systems ranging in size from 1 kWp to 20 MWp.
Accreditation and Certification
- Courses are accredited by the German Solar Energy Society DGS
(www.dgs.de) and are internationally recognized.
- Participants will get a certificate of participation issued by the maxx-solar academy and the German Solar Energy Society DGS.
- Participants of the professional courses can sign in for an online exam to become certified “DGS Solar Power Designer” or “DGS Solar Power Technician”.
Download the course data sheet to learn all about the course and the maxx-solar academy course programme.
The participation in the following 3 courses will provide you with the knowledge and network to start to work in the on-grid solar power business.
2015 is starting sunny with maxx-solar academy: Join the first Sunrise Intermediate course this year!
Are you looking for technical knowledge and understanding of solar power systems and want to have a first look on this new technology? Then you have found the right course at the maxx-solar academy.
The Solar Power Sunrise Intermediate Course offers an overview of the electro technical basics and the functionality of PV systems including a first introduction to dimensioning of grid-tied small PV system to a reasonable price.
Duration: 5th and 6th February (16 Education units)
Fee: R3,500 (excl. VAT) per person
Register online or send an email to: email@example.com
Only few spaces left!
Participate in our 2015 courses and qualify to be part of one of the most interesting market in the country. Become part of it and benefit from our experience and the special offers of the maxx-solar academy and the maxx-solar energy for maxx alumni.
See the training schedule here: 2015 schedue
The participation in the following 3 courses will provide you with the knowledge and network to start to work in the on-grid solar power business:
Sunrise Intermediate Course - The course objective is to introduce its participants the basics of solar power (photovoltaic), the principles of on-grid system design and marketing approaches.
Solar Power Designer grid-tied course - DGS Solar Power Designer are able to design, plan and quote for the installation of state-of-the-art PV roof-top grid-tied (on-grid) systems.
Solar Power Technician Course - DGS Solar Power Technicians are able to install and maintain grid-tied photovoltaic systems in accordance with international standards.
The participation in the Solar Power Sunrise Intermediate Course or entry exam focusing on the subjects of this course is compulsory for the designer and technician course.
2015 the maxx-acacdemy Egypt offers more courses. Next to the Solar Power Designer grid-tied course, we also offer the introductory Sunrise Intermediate Course.
Sunrise Intermediate Course: 4 and 5 February, 8 and 9 March, 8 and 9 April, daily 9 am to 5 pm
The Solar Power Sunrise Intermediate Course provides the technical knowledge and understanding of solar power systems. The participants will get an introduction in the electro technical basics, the functionality of PV systems including a first introduction into dimensioning of grid-tied small PV system. Nevertheless this course is not rounded off with a professional qualification but equips its participants with the fundamental and relevant knowledge to participate in one of the professional training courses of the maxx-solar academy.
Duration: 2 Days (16 Education units)
Fee: 2,5000 L.E. (excl. VAT) per person
Venue: Please register online or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solar Power Designer grid-tied EGYPT: 15 to 17 March, daily 9 am to 5 pm
Duration: 3 Days (24 Education units)
Fee: 8,500 L.E. (excl. VAT) per person, Early Bird Fee (before 20 Feburary): 7,000 L.E.
Including: Lunch, coffee breaks, training handouts, exam fee and certifi cates. Furthermore all participants will receive a 6 week full version of the cutting edge solar simulation tool “PV SOL”.
Location: maxx-solar academy Egypt training centre, GrEEK Campus, Cairo
Registration: Please register online or send an email to: email@example.com
Only 16 participants will be accepted.