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S.Africa: City of Cape launches solar academy

The City of Cape’s Mayor, Patricia de Lille, together with Wolfgang Tiefensee, minister for economic affairs, science and digital agenda for the German state of Thuringia, officially launched the maxx-solar academy last week Thursday.

Mayor Patricia de Lille and Wolfgang Tiefensee, cutting the ribbon. Pic credit: maxx-solar

According to a company statement, the solar firm signed a memorandum of understanding with SARETEC in April this year to pave the way for the establishment of the academy.

“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…needed to train the future installers in state of the art installation, operation and maintenance of embedded generation PV systems,” the company said.

The academy operates as a non-profit training centre for solar energy and according to the company over 1,500 engineers, architects, craftsmen and interested citizens have already participated in training programmes.

Green development

During the launch, de Lille commented: “Training institutes like the maxx I solar academy are important to help the City of Cape Town’s green development.”

The academy was established in 2012, but since then the renewables company has been looking for a partner with similar objectives and SARETEC was found to suitable.

SARETEC, established at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) – Bellville campus, is the first national renewable energy technology centre in South Africa.

Solar academy

The company stated that all courses are centrally managed and quality assured by its team of experts.

The first trainings in 2017 will commence in March and are accredited internationally by the German Solar Energy Society, DGS, and locally by SAEEI.

The solar firm further highlighted that on completion of the trainings, the participants will be awarded with CPD points.

The academy also offers the ‘SuperSolarSchool’ programme. This is a one week intensive course where the participants learn how to start or professionalise their solar power.

maxx-solar with headquarters in Thuringia, Germany, provides training, wholesale and consulting services related to photovoltaics.


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Babalwa Bungane
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