1 Dec- maxx social - solar car and other news about PV


25.11.2014 |

IBC and maxx-solar academy exhibit at the Solar-Tec fair

IBCMeet IBC and the maxx-solar academy at the Solar-Tec fair 2014 from 4 to 7 December in Cairo. IBC is a German pioneer in Smart Systems for solar power, supplying their customers all over the world with state-of-the-art PV systems based on IBC common values, management and business principles.


Where & When?

Booth: 5BB1b

Location: Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo,Egypt

Opening hours

4 December 2014 (Thursday) 12:00 –20:00
5 December 2014 (Friday) 14:00 to 22:00 pm
6 December 2014 (Saturday) 11:00 to 20:00 pm
7 December 2014 (Sunday) 11:00 to 19:00 pm

24.11.2014 |

Exclusive to maxx-Alumni

As part of our commitment to the #RooftopRevoltution - here is a special offer for our valued Alumni.

Go on...be revolutionary!

2014 Exclusive Alumni offer

20.11.2014 |

maxx-solar social - save the date


14.11.2014 |

Solar Power Designer grid-tied - First PV training in Egypt

Africa´s Premier Training Institute on Solar Power offers its first training course "DGS Solar Power Designer grid-tied" in Egypt  from 21 to 23 December 2014 in Cairo.


maxx-solar academy is offering a world-class training on PV System design, in line with the know-how of the German DGS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie - German Solar Enregy Society), and tailored to fit the Egyptian Market.

Join now and learn how 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.

Why should I participate?

The Government of Egypt has ratified the feed-in tariff for grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) Systems. The PV market is thus moving towards finding technically and financially viable PV systems for various target groups.

This course is designed to equip engineers, designer, consultants, and project managers with both the information required and the line of thought necessary to technically design a profitable grid-tied PV system. The course will also educate participants on generating the evidence, be it a feasibility study and/or yield study. In addition, PV Project management shall be addressed.

The DGS master designer, Dr.-Ing. Matthias Klauss will be the trainer of this course. He has more than 10 years experience in the planning and construction of photovoltaic (PV) systems ranging in size from 1 kWp to 20 MWp. He is an authorised expert of PV systems and an accredited DGS trainer since 2008. He is also the president of the German RAL Quality Control Association for Solar Energy Systems and Vice-president of the DGS Thuringia

 Fee: EGP8,500.00 per person, Early Bird Fee (before 8 December): EGP 7,000

Schedule: 21 to 23 December 2014, daily 9 am to 5 pm

Location: maxx-solar academy Egypt training centre, GrEEK Campus, Cairo

Registration: register online or send an email to: rehab@maxx-energy-academy.org

Course Outline: Download here

Only 16 participants will be accepted.



13.11.2014 |

Start your PV training now

South Africa's leader in Solar Energy Training only has three courses left for 2014. Next week is the Sunrise Intermediate course in Bloemfontein. An entry level course for  all the basics (electricity, photovoltaic technology and system types).

Use the Sunrise course to open the door to one of the fastest growing global industries. Combine trainings in the following way:


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Sunrise Intermediate Courses: Bloemfontein: 06-07/11/14

Solar Power Designer Course: Cape Town: 03-04/12/14,  Johannesburg: 10-11/11/14

Solar Power Designer OFF-GRID Course: Bloemfontein: 18-20/02/15


29.10.2014 |

Master the sun - Last chance to participate in the maxx courses 2014

Participate in our 2014 courses and qualify to be part of one of the most interesting market in the country.

The maxx-solar academy build up a network with already more than 600 alumni. 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.



Come to our Sunrise Intermediate Courses (R2500, excl. VAT)):

Cape Town: 16-17/10/14, Bloemfontein Courses: 06-07/11/14

And learn the basics of solar power from function of solar cells to market potential.


Come to our Solar Power Technician Courses (R2500, excl. VAT):

Cape Town : 20-21/10/14

And learn how to install a grid-tied solar power system.


Come to our Solar Power Designer Course (R4500, excl. VAT):

Cape Town Courses: 03-04/12/14,  Johannesburg Courses: 10-11/11/14

And learn who to design, plan and quote for the installation of solar power grid-tied systems (embedded generation).


Combine the course to get the most for your business:

To learn how to install solar power plants you have to come to the

Sunrise Intermediate and the Solar Power Technician Courses


To learn how to start or professionalise your solar power business you have to come to the

Sunrise Intermediate, Solar Power Technician and Solar Power Designer Courses


Benefit from up to 15% discount if you register for more than one course.




All participants will get an internationally recognized certificate of participation. The certificate is issued jointly by the maxx-solar academy and the German Solar Energy Society DGS.





06.10.2014 |

maxx-solar academy comes to Tanzania

South Africa´s Premier Training Institute on Solar Power offers its first training course "DGS Solar Power Designer Backup" in Tanzania  from 20 to 24 October 2014 in Dar es Salaam.

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The maxx-solar academy was founded as South African branch of the German DGS Solarschool. The DGS SolarSchool is the training academy of the German Solar Energy Society DGS. Since 2012 the maxx-solar academy has been training more than 600 South Africans.

The first training in Tanzania "DGS Solar Power Designer Backup" will focus on the possibilities of grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems for the daily electricity self consumption and backup in Tanzania. The course is especially interesting for all stakeholders of the PV off-grid sector interested in expanding their business to the profitable grid-tied PV sector.

With annual PV yields of 1500 to 1700 kWh/kWp grid-tied PV electricity can be produced in Tanzania for 200 Tsh/kWh considering a life time of 10 years and only 100 Tsh/kWh considering 20 years.


What is the content of the course?

PV Basics (yield, I-V curve, hands-on exercises with experimental kits and small systems)

Planning and Design of PV backup system (step-by-step calculation exercises based on example systems from site visit to quotation)

Marketing and Customer Consultation (price comparison PV and conventional sources, arguments for the use of PV electricity in cities)

Installation and Operation (site preparation, mounting, monitoring and trouble shooting)


Why should I participate in this course?

The focus of this course is on the design and planning of PV backup systems, including step-by-step calculation exercises based on example systems from site visit to quotation and installation.

After the 5 day course you will know:

  • How to perform site surveys.
  • How to consult your customers to find the right PV system for them.
  • How to design grid-tied PV systems according to the consumption patterns of your customers.
  • How to prepare a feasibility study and quotation for roof-top, grid-tied PV systems with and without battery backup.


Who should participate in the course?

Technicians, engineers, architects and consultants with experience in the PV off-grid market.

(no entry requirements)


What does the training costs?*

Tsh 600,000 per person, get the Early Bird Discount (before 11 October): Tsh 550,000

Tsh 550,000 er person for TAREA members, get the Early Bird Discount (before 11 October): Tsh 450,000

*Thanks to the support of giz we are able to offer the course for Tanzanian residence for a special rate with a great discount scheme.

Where can I register?

Please use the online registration form for your registration.


Where can I get more information about the course?

For more information download the course data sheet or contact Antje Klauss-Vorreiter: info@maxx-energy.co.za.


30.09.2014 |







Design, plan and quote for the installation of state of the art PV off-grid systems

Entry Requirements:

Participation in the Solar Power Sunrise Intermediate Course or entry exam focusing on the subjects of this course.

  • PV basics recap,
  • basics of off-grid systems,
  • components of off-grid systems,
  • battery technology,
  • planning and design of DC off-grid systems,
  • planning and design of AC off-grid systems with and without software (6 week software license included),
  • commissioning and operation of PV plants,
  • fault finding and quality assurance

3 Days (24 Education units)

30 June – 2 July 2014

R6,000.00 per person


Click here for more information

18.06.2014 |

IBC SOLAR exclusively partners with maxx I solar energy in South Africa


Photovoltaics experts join forces to deliver high-quality PV solutions for the South African market


Bad Staffelstein / Johannesburg, May 21, 2014 – maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd, a photovoltaic specialist established in South Africa and subsidiary of the German maxx I solar & energie GmbH and Co. KG, has entered into an agreement with the German IBC SOLAR AG, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems. maxx I solar energy is now IBC SOLAR’s exclusive distribution partner for the South African PV market. As a Premium Partner, maxx I solar energy will source its PV product portfolio from IBC SOLAR. Both parties benefit from this mutual agreement: IBC SOLAR guarantees its Premium Partner a reliable supply of high-quality products and services, whilst maxx | solar energy is familiar with the local market structure and offers a strong network of well-trained installers in South Africa.

From April 2014, maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd. will have complete exclusivity as IBC SOLAR Premium Partner for the whole South African market for the next three years. The company operates two warehouses in South Africa which will supply local photovoltaic installers with systems and components for small and medium-sized PV installations of up to 50 kilowatt peak (kWp), focussing on the residential sector, such as private households and smaller businesses.
maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd. will also handle larger PV systems from 50 to 500 kWp for commercial self-consumption in the business and industry sector. Thanks to its German parent company, maxx I solar energy South Africa can draw upon years of experience in planning of all types of solar energy systems.


“The South African PV market holds significant potential for growth, particularly when it comes to small and medium-sized roof installations for private households and commercial self-consumption,” said Dieter Ortmann, CEO of the German maxx-solar & energie GmbH & Co. KG and its subsidiary in South Africa. Besides the perfect geographical conditions in South Africa, solar energy self-consumption solutions are highly attractive for companies: as their business depends on a stable electricity grid, these PV systems present a back-up for South Africa’s unstable power supply.


Of the new partnership, Ortmann said: “Thanks to the maxx-solar academy which we founded in South Africa in 2011, our company is well-known and well-established in the country.” The academy was set up in cooperation with the DGS Solarschool Thuringia and is represented in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Until now, the maxx-solar academy has trained over 600 installers, engineers and managers, who represent a strong network and the basis for the successful business activities of maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd. and IBC SOLAR in South Africa. “We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and see this as an integral and core part of our business. We are looking forward to further developing our presence in this important market together with IBC SOLAR to provide our customers with the best products and services, which have been tested to the highest German quality standards,” Ortmann adds.


IBC SOLAR shares this commitment, which makes this partnership not only fruitful for both companies, but also beneficial for the customers. IBC SOLAR is internationally established, with subsidiaries and Premium Partners in more than 30 important and growing international markets in and outside of Europe. For the PV expert, premium partnerships have proven successful in many other markets, in which IBC SOLAR has enjoyed long-standing relationships with its Premium Partners. Well-established in their local markets, the Premium Partners are familiar with the markets’ cultural peculiarities and structures, and offer solutions that meet the specific needs of their customers. In return, IBC SOLAR guarantees its partners a reliable supply of high-quality products, unique service, and access to the know-how and experience of one of the pioneers of the PV industry.


About maxx | solar group

The maxx | solar group with headquarters in Thuringia (Germany) provides its customers with all services related to photovoltaics, including the planning, construction and maintenance of residential, commercial or agricultural PV power plants. With the launch of maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd., the German maxx | solar group aims to expand its activities to South Africa. The service and product range of maxx | solar energy (Pty ) Ltd. includes consulting, planning, procurement, installations, maintenance and wholesale. The maxx I solar academy – an independent training center for solar technology – was founded in 2011 together with the DGS Solar School Thuringia. The maxx I solar academy is represented by four branch offices and has trained more than 600 PV installers, engineers and managers.


As a longtime partner of German PV system integrator IBC SOLAR, the Thuringian company and its subsidiary in South Africa stand for the highest quality standards. This quality standard has been integrated as a part of the certification by the RAL Quality Assurance Association and by TÜV Thüringen.



IBC SOLAR is a leading global specialist in photovoltaic systems, offering complete solutions for power production from solar energy. The firm covers the entire spectrum, from planning to the turnkey handover of photovoltaic installations. Globally, IBC SOLAR has already implemented more than 150,000 turnkey photovoltaic systems with a total power of more than 2.5 gigawatts (GWp). The scale of these installations ranges from large photovoltaic power stations and solar parks, which feed electricity into the grid, to off-grid systems. IBC SOLAR sells its photovoltaic components and systems over an extensive network of trade partners. As a general contractor, IBC SOLAR plans and implements large scale solar projects. Through maintenance and monitoring, IBC SOLAR ensures an optimal performance of the solar parks.


IBC SOLAR was founded in 1982 in Bad Staffelstein, Germany. IBC SOLAR is represented by several subsidiaries around the world and currently employs around 300 people, of which approximately 200 work in Germany. The international business group IBC SOLAR is directed from its headquarters in Bad Staffelstein.



Media contact:


Iris Meyer (Press Officer)

Am Hochgericht 10

96231 Bad Staffelstein, Germany

E-Mail: iris.meyer(at)ibc-solar.de


27.05.2014 |