GREEN Solar Academy Conducts First Solar Training at New Windhoek Venue

After seven years operating from its Otjiwarongo base, GREEN Solar Academy Namibia has moved its training facilities to Windhoek, and held its first five-day solar training course at the new venue mid-April.

The academy is now based at the Southern Industry premises of Iseli Energy Namibia, a technology partner of GREEN Solar Academy. The more convenient location resulted in an immediate and positive response from solar installers in the vicinity and saw a fully booked class almost as soon as course dates were announced.

Many of those who registered for the training are existing members of the Renewable Energy Industry Association of Namibia (REIAoN), who were looking to formalise their craft and eliminate guess work when it comes to sizing and components, and becoming part of the GREENetwork, Africa’s largest network of solar installers.

The Namibian academy is called the SuperSolarSchool, a brand already much revered in South Africa as endorsed PV GreenCard training by industry body, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA).

The five-day short course offered by GREEN Solar Academy meets the needs of busy professionals and covers the entire spectrum of solar technology, encompassing aspects such as design, installation, maintenance, and even financing, without requiring too much time away from the office.

“The training was sold out, and that that’s probably due to the fact that our electrical distributor now expects all PV contractors to hold a PV certificate.  Some of the guys definitely do start off believing there is nothing left for them to learn, but by the second day, they realise there’s much they need to update when it comes to products, design, regulations,” said lead trainer, Jonathan Joseph.

About 60% of Namibia’s power is imported from South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The country is thus seeking to increase its domestic generation capacity and encourage private participation in the energy sector.

Through the Modified Single Buyer (MSB) Model, through which Namibia’s electricity sector is facilitating market deregulation, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) are increasingly being allowed to contribute to energy production and export surplus energy to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).

The vision is that around 30% of what an IPP produces will be absorbed by the national power utility, with 70% being exported to the SAPP. And that energy is going to be produced by renewable sources that include solar, a perfect fit for a country with one of the highest irradiation levels in the world.

Solar is also used to produce green hydrogen, which has been hailed as the fuel of the future, powering the transportation of people and goods. Namibia is set to emerge as a major producer of green hydrogen thanks to two main factors: firstly, the country’s location, landscape and abundant natural resources, and secondly, the provision for deployment of blended financing that will help lower the capital costs required to construct the many huge PV systems involved in the production of the gas.

Such ambitious goals require plenty of skilled staff, and a strong network to support, inform and collaborate. In South Africa, GREEN Solar Academy is at the very centre of the solar industry, connecting installers to each other, to distributors, and to the thought-leaders and policy makers in the sector.

To grow the same community in Namibia, GREEN has cultivated relationships with like-minded companies such as Iseli Energy and REIAoN.

REIAoN is a membership-based organisation for promoting the cause of companies and individuals active in Namibia’s commercial renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) sector.  Part of REIAoN’s mission is to set the training standards in the country, maintain product quality and service standards, and establishing professional relationships with national and international bodies with similar objectives.

Discount for REIAoN members

REIAoN members benefit from an exclusive 10% discount on all GREEN Solar Academy courses in Namibia. This cost-saving opportunity makes solar training more accessible, encouraging REIAoN members to invest in their skills to meet the growing requirements of a dynamic renewable energy field.

The next five-day SuperSolarSchool training takes place from 5 to 9 August. Early bird price is N$11 800 ex VAT (standard price is N$13 500 ex VAT).

For more information and to register, visit https://solar-training.org/namibia/#courses or contact GREEN Solar Academy Namibia on +264 (0) 81 318 9085 or namibia@solar-training.org

For more information on the Renewable Energy Industry Association of Namibia (REIAoN), please visit https://reiaon.com.na/

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