Financing of Solar PV Systems Course

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  • Being able to do a professional solar installation is not the only part of being an excellent installer.
  • There is also the important component of financing the PV system itself.
  • The GREEN Solar Academy has created a course to help educate and equip installers in this field
  • Information covered on the course includes payback periods, IRR, NPV, (LCOE), tax implications, financing options and application procedures with commercial banks, private financiers and venture capital Funds, and PPAs.
  • The course will also equip the attendees with the right questions and arguments to persuade clients to sign on the dotted line.
  • The one day course takes place at 9am on the 28 October 2021 at the Parktonian Hotel, Braamfontein, Johannesburg at a cost of R3 950 ex VAT (GREEN Alumni pay just R3 555 excl VAT).

In the 1-day course Financing of PV Systems you will learn how to calculate the financial viability of Photovoltaic SSEG systems. The financial viability of a PV systems depends on the type of system, whether off-grid, grid-tied (embedded), grid-tied with battery backup. This course teaches you what financing models apply to the different types of systems and how to calculate their financial viability. You will also be introduced to different financing options, such as private equity, loans and leasing approaches and will discuss the tax advantages.

We make sure that the content will be presented in a hands-on and interactive manner. We combine the foundations of financials with real-life case studies and give you insights in successful financing of actual PV projects in South Africa.

Learn how to finance and understand tax incentives of solar pv systems for residential and commercial off- takers. Image credit: GREEN Solar Academy

What does the course cover?
  • Financial viability of SSEG PV systems
  • Differences between the various PV systems
  • Loans (secure and unsecure)
  • Tax advantages, implications of article 12B
  • Revenues and savings – electricity cost comparison Eskom vs PV
  • Cashflow and ROI calculation
  • How to understand and inform your client – what are the right questions and arguments
Who presents the course?

Dr. Philip Olivier

The course trainer is Dr. Philip Olivier. He is the founder and CEO of Olivia Energy Solutions (Pty) Ltd, a company that specialises in the design and supply of PV solutions. Living in the Free State, Philip started out in the off-grid sector, then successfully ventured into more commercial projects, and now focuses mainly on large scale off-grid projects for farms.

He has always been interested in financing topics as well and became a solar PV financing expert by finishing his PhD on a financial model for solar power for dairy farms in the Free State.

Being a solar and financing expert and successfully using these skills every day, Philip is probably one of the best persons to pass on valuable tips and tricks to ambitious solar installers. Book online HERE

Who should apply?

Solar Installation Companies, specifically:

  • Business owners and CEOs
  • Solar engineers and technicians with excellent technical experience but a lack in financial knowledge
  • Salespersons who want to understand the product “PV” and how end clients benefit

When and where does it take place?

Date: 28 October 2021 – starting at 9am which allows attendees from out of the city to fly in for the day.

Venue: Parktonian Hotel, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Cost: R3 950 ex VAT (GREEN Alumni pay just R3 555 excl VAT).

Book online HERE

Or contact us,  Email: or Call: + 27 (0)10 312 6724

Author: Bryan Groenendaa

“The calibre of the instructors and information exceeded my expectations, and each session expanded my knowledge around Finance and PV further. Our main lecturer was the renowned Dr Philip Olivier. I found his insights and experience in the industry very informative and he was not afraid to take time answering our questions and expanding on topics throughout the course. The session with ABSA’s Head of Renewable Energy, Vishay Rabbipal, was invaluable in understanding what banks look at when considering financing of a PV system. This course is a must do for any PV installer out there who wants to be on the cutting edge of the PV industry.” Brendon Reyneke, GREEN Solar Academy 

“ROI is not helpful for renewables over 20 years. Learn about NPV and IRR. I was blown away. Our commercial proposals now have a much more realistic financial model. 3 proposals out with the new format this week. ” Willem van Schalkwyk, Peak Power Solutions.


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