Successful participation is key qualification to become part of the PV GreenCard programme.
maxx-solar academy, SAPVIA and GreenCape would like to encourage Solar PV installers to undertake a 2 day voluntary PV assessment. The skills assessment will allow participants to test their theoretical and practical capability of installing PV rooftop systems. It is planned that this assessment will lead the way for the development of a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Toolkit in order to accumulate credits counting towards an officially recognized qualification. maxx-solar academy and Resolution Circle operate the first SAPVIA PV Assessment Centre in Johannesburg.
Installers successfully completing the assessment will receive a Certificate from maxx-solar academy and will qualify to be part of a SAPVIA endorsed installer database which also forms a key entry point to become part of the PV GreenCard programme.
The ideal preparation for the assessement is the participation in the SuperSolarSchool , the SAPVIA endorsed 5-day preparation course.
PV Assessment Agenda
The PV assessment lasts 2 days, one day theoretical assessment and one day practical assessment.
Day 1 – Theoretical Assessment (12:30 to 5 pm)
Introduction & Explanation of Assessment Process
Theoretical Assessment (in the classroom
Familiarization workshop and induction (only installers)
Grouping of the participants for the practical assessment
Day 2 – Practical Assessment (9am to 5pm)
Randomly selection of installation teams of 3 installers.
Installation and wiring of a 6 module PV system on assessment roofs
Overall Feedback session
Our Assessment Centre is equiped with 3 assessment roofs equipped with:
The setup of the maxx SAPVIA PV Assessment center in Johannesburg was possible due to the suppert of IBC Solar, HellermannTyton SA, Resolution Circle, GreenCape and giz.
South African PV Quality Programme
SAPVIA has partnered with the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ) to develop a national standardized “as built report” called the PV GreenCard to promote a good standard of quality Solar PV installations in the RCI market segment.
The South African PV GreenCard offers a profound quality label to the customer and builds on multiple columns including training, verification of PV installer qualifications and most importantly compliance with national standards and labour law. The South African PV GreenCard is inclusively designed and opens new business opportunities to both PV companies and customers and contributes to sustainable job creation in the country.
It is expected that; Solar PV installers will undertake a voluntary Solar PV Installer Assessment which will act as a needs analysis to determine whether an installer is sufficiently skilled to install a rooftop PV system. This is the access point of installers to be part of the SAPVIA endorsed installer database. Should an installer not pass this Assessment, mitigation measures in the form of training will be recommended before the installer will be allowed to redo the Assessment. It should be noted that this training course is not a requirement, but can help to prepare for the SAPVIA Solar PV Installer Assessment which is a crucial requirement to work under the PV GreenCard programme.
Solar PV Installer requirements to register for the PV Assessment
Be employed/associated with a registered PV GreenCard company (please register here)
Be a qualified and trade-tested DOL registered electrician and hold a wireman‘s license OR
Be a qualified PV Installer employed with a rooftop Solar PV installing company
Futhermore, it is recommended to be familiar with the SAPVIA Solar PV Installation Guidelines. This document in conjunction with all relevant national electrical codes, building codes and regulations shall be the basis for PV installations in the country.
Solar PV Installer requirements to issue the PV GreenCard
PV GreenCards can only be issued by persons who are are registered in the PV GreenCard data base.
PV GreenCards can either be issued by:
one person, who is DoL registered and succesfully passed the PV Installer assessment or
two persons, one DOL registered and an one who succesfully passed the PV Installer assessment