Education / Training
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
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
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:
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).