Photovoltaics experts join forces to deliver high-quality PV solutions for the South African market
Bad Staffelstein / Johannesburg, May 21, 2014 – maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd, a photovoltaic specialist established in South Africa and subsidiary of the German maxx I solar & energie GmbH and Co. KG, has entered into an agreement with the German IBC SOLAR AG, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems. maxx I solar energy is now IBC SOLAR’s exclusive distribution partner for the South African PV market. As a Premium Partner, maxx I solar energy will source its PV product portfolio from IBC SOLAR. Both parties benefit from this mutual agreement: IBC SOLAR guarantees its Premium Partner a reliable supply of high-quality products and services, whilst maxx | solar energy is familiar with the local market structure and offers a strong network of well-trained installers in South Africa.
From April 2014, maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd. will have complete exclusivity as IBC SOLAR Premium Partner for the whole South African market for the next three years. The company operates two warehouses in South Africa which will supply local photovoltaic installers with systems and components for small and medium-sized PV installations of up to 50 kilowatt peak (kWp), focussing on the residential sector, such as private households and smaller businesses.
maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd. will also handle larger PV systems from 50 to 500 kWp for commercial self-consumption in the business and industry sector. Thanks to its German parent company, maxx I solar energy South Africa can draw upon years of experience in planning of all types of solar energy systems.
“The South African PV market holds significant potential for growth, particularly when it comes to small and medium-sized roof installations for private households and commercial self-consumption,” said Dieter Ortmann, CEO of the German maxx-solar & energie GmbH & Co. KG and its subsidiary in South Africa. Besides the perfect geographical conditions in South Africa, solar energy self-consumption solutions are highly attractive for companies: as their business depends on a stable electricity grid, these PV systems present a back-up for South Africa’s unstable power supply.
Of the new partnership, Ortmann said: “Thanks to the maxx-solar academy which we founded in South Africa in 2011, our company is well-known and well-established in the country.” The academy was set up in cooperation with the DGS Solarschool Thuringia and is represented in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Until now, the maxx-solar academy has trained over 600 installers, engineers and managers, who represent a strong network and the basis for the successful business activities of maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd. and IBC SOLAR in South Africa. “We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and see this as an integral and core part of our business. We are looking forward to further developing our presence in this important market together with IBC SOLAR to provide our customers with the best products and services, which have been tested to the highest German quality standards,” Ortmann adds.
IBC SOLAR shares this commitment, which makes this partnership not only fruitful for both companies, but also beneficial for the customers. IBC SOLAR is internationally established, with subsidiaries and Premium Partners in more than 30 important and growing international markets in and outside of Europe. For the PV expert, premium partnerships have proven successful in many other markets, in which IBC SOLAR has enjoyed long-standing relationships with its Premium Partners. Well-established in their local markets, the Premium Partners are familiar with the markets’ cultural peculiarities and structures, and offer solutions that meet the specific needs of their customers. In return, IBC SOLAR guarantees its partners a reliable supply of high-quality products, unique service, and access to the know-how and experience of one of the pioneers of the PV industry.
About maxx | solar group
The maxx | solar group with headquarters in Thuringia (Germany) provides its customers with all services related to photovoltaics, including the planning, construction and maintenance of residential, commercial or agricultural PV power plants. With the launch of maxx | solar energy (Pty) Ltd., the German maxx | solar group aims to expand its activities to South Africa. The service and product range of maxx | solar energy (Pty ) Ltd. includes consulting, planning, procurement, installations, maintenance and wholesale. The maxx I solar academy – an independent training center for solar technology – was founded in 2011 together with the DGS Solar School Thuringia. The maxx I solar academy is represented by four branch offices and has trained more than 600 PV installers, engineers and managers.
As a longtime partner of German PV system integrator IBC SOLAR, the Thuringian company and its subsidiary in South Africa stand for the highest quality standards. This quality standard has been integrated as a part of the certification by the RAL Quality Assurance Association and by TÜV Thüringen.
About IBC SOLAR
IBC SOLAR is a leading global specialist in photovoltaic systems, offering complete solutions for power production from solar energy. The firm covers the entire spectrum, from planning to the turnkey handover of photovoltaic installations. Globally, IBC SOLAR has already implemented more than 150,000 turnkey photovoltaic systems with a total power of more than 2.5 gigawatts (GWp). The scale of these installations ranges from large photovoltaic power stations and solar parks, which feed electricity into the grid, to off-grid systems. IBC SOLAR sells its photovoltaic components and systems over an extensive network of trade partners. As a general contractor, IBC SOLAR plans and implements large scale solar projects. Through maintenance and monitoring, IBC SOLAR ensures an optimal performance of the solar parks.
IBC SOLAR was founded in 1982 in Bad Staffelstein, Germany. IBC SOLAR is represented by several subsidiaries around the world and currently employs around 300 people, of which approximately 200 work in Germany. The international business group IBC SOLAR is directed from its headquarters in Bad Staffelstein.
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