Solar Power Courses in October and November

The next courses at the maxx-solar academy have been announced. Register now to secure your seat. The maxx-solar academy offers 3 different programmes developed especially for the growing South African solar power market. The training programmes are very interactive. A variety of hands-on training material (roof model for demonstration of the PV module installation, photovoltaic experimental kits, calculation tools and panel discussions) facilitate the understanding of solar power generation. The DGS Solar Power Consultant and Technician courses are for beginners while  the expert course is for  participants who successfully passed the  beginner courses or for engineers, planners and architects which already work in the solar power business. All 3 courses are offered in October and November this year.

DGS Solar Power Planning Expert – 7th to 9th Nov 2012 in Cape Town

Course participants will learn how to design, plan and tender for the installation of state-of the-art photovoltaic systems.

DGS Solar Power Consultant - 29th to 31st October 2012 in Pretoria

Course participants will learn how to professionally advise clients. They can select the best solar power systems for the respective clients and calculate its profitability.

DGS Solar Power Technician - 3rd till 4th November 2012 in Pretoria

Course participants will learn how to install and maintain photovoltaic systems in accordance with international standards.

Information and Registration

Detailed information about the courses you find in the respective links above.

You can register for the courses at:

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101 satisfied participants in 8 training courses is a good start

In July and August the maxx-solar academy offered training courses for technicians, consultants and experts in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Pretoria. The course content met the expectations of all participants. They especially liked the training of the photovoltaic basics, the technical background.  All participants appreciated the theoretical and practical knowledge of the lecturers.  The participants valued the knowledge of the trainer as very high and enjoyed the variety of practical examples as well as the talk regarding “Lessons learned from Germany”. One participant said: “Well presented and explained by someone with enough knowledge to answer each question and thoroughly”.

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Rooftop Solar PV applications takes off in South Africa

Vodacom South Africa’s number one cellular network operator has announced that  it will fit  its Century City in Cape Town office with the largest array of solar panels on a single building in Africa.The project, a 500kWp which is expected to be completed in August, comprises of  installation of about 2 000 mono crystalline solar panels onto SolarWorld Sundeck and 100% recycled Suntabs roof sheeting over a 3 600 m² area. The solar array is expected to produce about 75% of the 650 kWp power requirements of the building during peak production. The solar roof  will yield an expected energy saving of about 830.1 MWh a year – the amount of power it would take to charge over 70-million cellphones a year.It is important initiaves like this one  that will help ensure a clean, strong and reliable energy system for the future.

This great stride will encourage other companies and  property owners to get involved in producing clean energy – that not only helps to boost economy, but it also helps boost overall demand for Solar PV courses and related green training. maxx- energy welcomes these new developments. Consumers willing to use maxx - energy solar's rooftop PV applications can actively partake in the emerging green energy economy thereby contributing to a healthier environment and creating more alternative energy jobs.

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2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy For All

/---/UN Secretary‐General Ban Ki‐moon at the recently held Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development announced actions and commitments in support of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative towards achieving three objectives –;

  • ensuring energy access,
  • doubling energy efficiency
  • doubling the share of renewable energy – all by 2030.


More than 50 Governments from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Small Island Developing States have engaged with the initiative and are developing energy plans and programmes. Businesses and investors have committed more than $50 billion to achieve the initiative’s three objectives. More than one billion people will benefit from Sustainable Energy for All’s public and private sector commitments.

Access to energy, particularly sustainable energy, is indistinguishable from a sustainable future for the developing world. Not only does access to energy transform the lives of the energy-poor by raising living standards, it also:

  • enables income generation – for example, through solar pumps for irrigation or electricity for a small business;
  • provides power to community health clinics, and refrigerators to store medicines, as well as cell phones, which have transformed commerce;
  • reduces the time and drudgery of collecting fuel wood, supporting cleaner, more efficient cooking and heating options;
  • provides lighting, so children can study after dark;
  • enables businesses to operate and creates new opportunities for entrepreneurs

For more info visit

05.07.2012 |

August 2012 Solar Power Courses at maxx-solar academy

/---/The next courses at the maxx-solar academy have been announced. Detailed information about the courses in  August 2012 and the relevant course content, see You can also apply at: We still have a few vacant places, so register now!


Courses in August 2012:

 August 21, 2012 . "DGS Solar Power Planning Expert"- Johannesburg, South Africa

 August 27, 2012 ."DGS Solar Power Consultant"- Cape Town, South Africa

August 29, 2012. "DGS Solar Power Planning Expert"- Cape Town, South Africa

DGS Solar Power Planning Expert 
The DGS Solar Power Expert course is targeting participants, who have an engineering background, since the focus of this advanced course is on the design and planning of PV systems, including step-by-step calculation exercises based on example systems from the site visit to quotation. The professional team at maxx-solar academy provides the necessary knowledge to design, plan and prepare bids for photovoltaic systems according to professional practice and quality certifications.
DGS Solar Power Consultant
The development and expansion of photovoltaic (PV) require consultants in the field to have well-founded knowledge and skills pertaining to the suitable application and use of photovoltaic systems. The professional team at maxx-solar academy provides the necessary basic knowledge in its seminar DGS Solar Power Consultant; from customer advisory services to layout design, installation, covers and maintenance of grid-connected photovoltaic systems. Hands-on experience with new solar cell modules, course system technology and a PV exercise unit facilitate the understanding of solar electricity generation.

08.06.2012 |

maxx-solar academy at Intersolar Europe 2012, Munich, Germany,Booth B3.125


                                                                                             /---/ June 13-15, 2012, Munich, Germany

To our valued clients and visitors, maxx-solar academy proudly announces its participation at this year’s edition of Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany from June 13-15. Visit us at the DGS Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie e.V.  stand in Hall 3 Booth B3.125. The maxx-solar academy team will be happy to arrange a meeting with you and discuss what we are doing in terms of developing local skilled solar power experts in one of the emmerging solar market, South Africa. To book an appointment kindly email us at

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Chairwoman of Thuringian Regional Association of the German Solar Energy Society DGS e.V launches the maxx-solar academy







/---/South Africa´s Premier Solar Academy was launched on the 16th and 19th of April in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively by none other than the Chairwoman of the Thuringian Regional Association of the German Solar Energy Society DGS e.V, Ing Antje Klauss-Vorreiter among other distinguished guests from South Africa and Germany. The response from the Industry was overwhelming and indeed the team and the delegates had an incredible time to share information, interact and network.


Due to the developments that have been taking place which include Solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies emmerging as the “big winner” in South Africa’s 20-year integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity, there is no doubt that this will potentially transform the country into a “solar gold mine”. Just like any ordinary mine, there is need for skilled manpower. As such the launch of maxx-solar academy at the right time will go a long way in ensuring that the locals are skilled and thereby subsequently contributing to President Jacob Zuma´s vision of job creation.


The Managing Director of maxx-solar academy Manja Schubert then gave an overview of the courses that will be offered and the training concept behind it that really makes it ideal. Apart from the Trainers that are practitioners in the Solar Industry in Germany and South Africa, the courses are quite interactive and also practically based.


 Participants will get the opportunity to do some roof modelling, PV module Installation and conduct Solar experiments. A representative from the main sponsor, maxx- solar & energie, a leading Photovoltaic Company in Thüringia, Michael Rudolph introduced the company to the delegates in terms of who they are and what services they offer and their ``Quality culture``.


The highlight from the launch was that the team got the first registration for the courses from Martin Pollack, Tri Systems Company. This indeed is a testimony for the relevancy of maxx- solar academy within the Industry. The maxx-solar academy team remains upbeat about the future of the South African Solar Industry.

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Launch of the maxx|solar academy

Renewable Energy is our Future!

 maxx|solar acamdy - the professional training insitute on solar power will be launched in April 2012.

Supported by the German Chamber of Commerce and GreenCape , financed by the DEG and maxx| solar & energie GmbH, will the academy be introdcuded to specialists and interested people.

If you have been invited to our launch in:

  • Johannesburg on the 16th April or
  • Cape Town on the 19th April

then we are looking forward to meet you there.

If you would like to learn more about the maxx| solar academy and you are intested to join us for the launch, please contact us.

With a bit of luck we still have space available and can welcome you in Cape Town or Johannesburg. or phone +27 (76) 765 4416


05.04.2012 |

first maxx-solar academy energy day in iThemba Labantu

It’s Tuesday January 21st and in the township of Phillipi the nursery kids of the community centre iThemba Labantu are coming back from school. Their after-school teacher promised a surprise for this afternoon. Antje Klauß-Vorreiter and Manja Schubert of the ‘maxx-solar academy show them with solar power experiment tool kids how the sun produces electricity.  They are even given the opportunity to  conduct their own experiments,  powering a horn as well as a motor using small solar cells. What the kids liked best was to let various coloured disks rotate using the solar motor.

The maxx-academy team explained that those small cells power their motor in the same way as the large modules on the roof of the community hospital, converting the light of the sun into power. The 5,32kWp solar power plant of the community hall has been working since 30 March of 2011. Due to the initiative and the support of maxx-solar and energy and to the module donation of Bosch Solar Energy AG, about 6.575kWh have been produced in the last ten months. In order not to let this be a unique example maxx-solar & energy supports the DGS Solarschool Thuringia by the foundation of the ‘maxx-solar-academy’ in South Africa.

Already in April 2012 the ‘maxx-solar academy’ will offer information events in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The academy  plans to start regular events in August 2012. There are going to be courses on:

  • Solar power consultancy
  • Solar power planning
  • Solar power installation

Additionally adapted trainings will be offered to pupils and teachers in the community centre of iThemba Labantu and for students of the college in Cape Town.

For more information please contact

The ‘maxx-solar academy’ receives funding from BMZ’s programme.

26.03.2012 |

Maxx Solar fullfills strict criteria of TUV

The company maxx solar & energie GmbH & Co. KG from Waltershausen underwent the strict criteria of safety standards authority TUV Thuringia and now was certificated as the first professional company in the photovoltaic business. On the 13th of May, 2011, Olaf Kraft, head of distribution and safety standards authority TUV Thuringia, handed over the blueTÜV certificate „professional company PV arrangements“ to maxx solar & energie managing director and owner Dieter Ortmann .
The ecologically friendly use of the solar energy lies in the trend. A feed in tariff and aid programmes move many homeowners in Germany, however, also local authority districts or house building societies are on the ecological solar stream. However, a photovoltaic system calculates itself only if it was installed correctly and competently.
The fact that this not always is the case, finds out the safety standards authority TUV Thuringia with his inspections in solar arrangements recently more often. Hence, the photovoltaic experts of safety standards authority TUV Thuringia have developed a test procedure and certification procedure which examines the high-class graduations of PV-companies. It intends to have a closer look at the concept phase about the planning and project engineering up to the assembly, installation, introduction and decrease of the PV arrangement.
An enterprise which special value lays on the quality of his work maxx solar & energie from Waltershausen. For many years Dieter Ortmann and his 16-headed team deal with the technical realisation of solar power production and are valid in Central Germany as pioneers while establishing of solar arrangements. Since 2007 solar systems are installed by the photovoltaic specialists and are expelled. „I am especially proud that our company
could fulfil the strict criteria of safety standards authority Thuringia. This is for our customers and ourselves a proof of our high-class claim and stimulus for good work at the same time“, according to Ortmann at the certificate handing over. However, the certificate is no free ride light. Certificated professional companies are checked by auditors of safety standards authority Thuringia regularly all two years on observance of the criteria.

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