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.
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.