maxx-solar academy Namibia

The reason why the trainings take place in Walvis Bay and not in busy Windhoek is Dirk Bellens. He is the founder and and one of the directors of the Young Africa Namibia Trust. Vocational Education and Training, Small Enterprise Development and Personal Development and Active Citizenship are the core business of Young Africa Namibia since its inception in 2013. By integrating the Maxx Academy into the Young Africa Skills Centres of Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo the knowledge and use of solar technology will be promoted in Namibia by producing a skilled labour force and building up the capacity of local SME’s to run a viable business in solar technology. YA and Leonhard Eins from Solsquare Energy, a Namibian solar company, partnered up to become the maxx-solar academy Namibia.

dscn5915_zugeschnittenDirk has a Master Degree in Environmental Science from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands and has been observing the Namibian energy market since 2001. In 2015 Dirk began the train of trainer programme in the maxx-solar academy South Africa. In June 2016 he completed the second part of it and was handed over his certificate in Johannesburg.

The trainings will take place at Young Africa Skills Centre in Meersig, Walvis Bay. The centre itself runs energy neutral as on the roof a 5 kW solar system is connected to the grid.

The training centre is located only one kilometer from the lagoon with it’s plentiful beautiful bird life, including flamingoes, pelicans and many small waders. The availability of neighbouring B&B’s and boat- or kayak trips at the lagoon offers great opportunities for a mixture of professional education and leisure.


The lagoon in Walvis Bay.

If you would like to know more about Yound Africa Namibia and the work Dirk does there, you can have a look at their facebook page:

Dirk and his family are looking forward to welcoming you to the maxx-solar academy Namibia in October! :-)