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The first pillar of our work is the training of local engineers and technicians in the field of solar and renewable energies. We aim to build the qualified workforce that is needed for the long-term development of solar energy as a self-sustaining business case for local companies.

In 2009, the Arba Minch University Solar Competence Center (AMU SCC) was founded in Arba Minch. Together with our partners, Arba Minch University (AMU) and University of Applied sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI/ISAAC), we have since established sustainable educational structures on an institutional level.
The AMU SCC offers specialization of engineering staff and students in the field of solar technology. It is managed by three staff members of the local Sahay Solar Team, who attended a train-the-trainer program by Swiss and German experts in the past. Together with various experts from Sahay Solar and SUPSI/ISAAC, they offer regular workshops for solar and renewable energies to all interested staff and students of AMU. Until now, more than 400 participants have joined these workshops.
The AMU SCC also aims at creating awareness and providing information about the potential of solar energy in the local context among private individuals as well as business owners. In the near future, the competence center will be further expanded to also enable the training of external stakeholders and to generate reliable local data for the planning and sizing of future solar projects.

“Advanced solar training”
Currently, around 15 engineering students are attending a new “advanced solar training” program with the aim of becoming fully-qualified solar engineers, who can plan, implement, monitor and maintain off-grid solar systems. They also form the team, which is currently installing solar systems in all 50 rural Health Centers of Gamo Gofa Zone as part of a cooperation between Gamo Gofa Zone Administration, Sahay Solar, AMU and SUPSI/ISAAC.


Tasks of the Solar Competence Center:

Education:
  • Theoretical and practical training of engineering staff and students in the field of renewable energy technologies
  • Workshops by Swiss and German experts from research and industry background; train-the-trainer Program
  • Practical training through implementation of real solar electrification projects „in the field“
Data:
  • Data logging to generate reliable first-hand data for the planning and sizing of solar projects
  • Research opportunities for student projects and thesis work (BSc. & MSc.)
Service:
  • Training offer for local electricians, architects, installers etc.
  • Information and education about solar energy for local communities.
  • Testing of solar equipment under local conditions for manufacturers
  • Adaptation of technical components for local usage

The AMU SCC is generously supported by REPIC, an interdepartmental platform for the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in international cooperation and a joint initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as well as the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE).


 

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