Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Solar PV introductory training course

September 25, 2014 @ 10:00 - 16:00

SUNCY solar pv trainingSUNCybernetics will be hosting its solar PV introductory training course at the Solar Training Center of SA, North West University, Potchefstroom on Thursday, 25 September 2014, from 10h00 to 16h00 at a cost of R1,500-00 per person.

SUNfarming Germany, in association with the North-West University (NWU), Faculty of Engineering, established the Solar Training Centre South Africa at the Engineering Campus in June 2013.

A key driver for the center is to enhance job creation through skills transfer. Therefore a partnership project between SUNfarming Germany and SUNCybernetics in South Africa―one of the SUNfarming project developers―to provide practical training opportunities at the NWU for persons at the Engineering Faculty, and in the region, who require a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of PV solar systems. The training modules are generic and have been developed to South African requirements by SUNfarming Germany’s trainers and train-the-trainer programs have ensured that the skills remain in South Africa.

The course is for beginners and those that want to explore the possibilities of PV technology in South Africa. Topics covered include technical considerations like fuse choices, overvoltage and EMF-protection, monitoring, metering, cabling do’s and don’ts, electrical circuits as well as troubleshooting PV-plants, module types, project planning, installation, inverters, etc.

SUNfarming installed a PV plant at NWU which is used as the practical training module for the Solar PV introductory course providing valuable information about specific market conditions and requirements applicable to South African technologies and standards. It showcases the preparation, planning, project execution, installation techniques and commissioning of PV plant installations on different roof areas.

The Solar PV introductory course is presented by SUNCybernetics and has since establishment already trained over 250 delegates. Delegates have travelled from the mayor cities in South Africa to take advantage of the international-level training provided at the Center.

The Solar Training Centre of South Africa’s introductory course to photovoltaic (PV) solar presents a generic training module of learning on the possibilities of PV technology and using solar radiation as an energy source, the basic functionality of PV systems and the different types of applications and their potential for South Africa and the world.

This is the first module in a series of modules to follow and is presented, in conjunction with SUNCybernetics, at a cost of R1,500-00 (excl VAT) on 25 September 2014 at the Solar Training Center of SA, North West University in Potchefstroom from 10h00 to 16h00.
Course outline

Introduction to solar PV

  • Basics of solar radiation (insolation)
  • Basics of matter, atoms, Ions, conductors, insulators, semiconductors
  • Function of PV cells, the types and the characteristics
  • PV arrays and installation options
  • Inverter types and characteristics
  • Solar PV system mounting hardware
  • Batteries for free-standing systems
  • Solar PV design considerations
  • Single line diagram of a large PV plant
  • Cable calculations
  • Overvoltage protection
  • Testing of PV panels
  • PV solar design constraints
  • PV solar typical applications
  • Economic factors and return on investment
  • PV SOL software introduction

Case study

Presenting a South African case study of 3 PV plants in Mpumalanga and sharing the experiences with regard to:

  • Influence of location and climatic conditions
  • Technical design
  • Preparation of installation
  • Logistical and installation management
  • Commissioning documentation
  • Lessons learned

The REIPP and its control drivers

  • Background to the electricity industry in South Africa
  • The IRP2010
  • The REIPP Programme
  • Sustainability control drivers

Environmental legal framework for PV solar energy projects

  • Global context for solar energy
  • Potential for solar energy in SA
  • Targets for power generation from different energy options in SA
  • IPP bidding process for power generation in SA

Environmental and legal requirements for PV solar facilities in SA:

  • EIA
  • Waste management license
  • Water use license
  • Heritage authorisations

Target audience

  • No pre-qualification or experience required,
  • Those interested in studying the potential of PV in South Africa,
  • Engineers and architects,
  • Technicians, installers, and electricians.


“I attended this course on the 8th of November 2013. I believe it was the second time it was run. The experience starts from outside the venue when you park next to the newly installed solar panels with the scooters, parked conveniently in the shade of the panel, with the scooter battery being charged from the panel.

I was surprised to see how many people came to attend the course: the classroom was full and people came from all over the country, so it was a great opportunity for networking as well. The course material was very interesting, I was impressed by the details on the physics of the solar panel functionality – this is particularly interesting to me as my background is in semiconductor (silicon) devices. Examples from German experience and demonstrations with working PV panels just made the course truly unforgettable. We had the chance to test-drive the solar scooters, measure electrical parameters of the working solar panels, practice the planning of a solar project using their software (don’t remember the software name, because it is apparently too expensive). In my view all the material was extremely relevant and presented in a memorable way, which is what makes the course so valuable and I can confidently say that it was the best course I’ve attended in my life.” Tetyana Loskutova, Enerweb

Course bookings

The cost of this one-day course is R 1,500.00* (excl) per person *Fee includes: course, textbooks, coffee, tea and biscuits, as well as lunch. Limited seats available.

  • Register here.
  • Download registration form here.


Kickoff of the Solar Training Center, June 2013, left front to right back: Mr Peter Schrum (SUNfarming shareholder), Prof LJ Grobler (Dean of Faculty), Prof Albert Helberg (NWU), Mrs Ursula Eckmann (SUNfarming Project Manager), Prof Jan de Kock (NWU), Mr Markus Köhn (SUNfarming Project Manager) – over 250 delegates have already been trained.


September 25, 2014
10:00 - 16:00
Event Category:


Solar Training Center of SA
North West University
Potchefstroom, South Africa
+ Google Map
079 768 0036
%d bloggers like this: