GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects

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With the current downward price in the development for photovoltaic (PV) projects, there is an increased interest in installing PV systems. Newly-installed peak power of PV now surpasses all other technologies, both conventional/fossil-based technologies as well as renewable technologies.

With this training course, you will learn how to implement projects using one of the most promising energy technologies currently available. You will acquire a solid theoretical and foundational understanding of PV project management, combined with practical hands-on exercises. Our experienced trainers will get you involved in the training and will facilitate valuable group interactions and discussions.


  • Photovoltaic markets and technical introduction
  • Management of solar projects (with case studies)
  • Economics and financing of PV projects (with case studies)

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Training Course Objectives:

  • Evaluate the bankability of PV projects;
  • discuss technical, commercial, legal, and political risks as well as risk mitigation schemes;
  • determine CAPEX/OPEX, assess key financial indicators, and set up the financial structure of PV projects;
  • debate the advantages and challenges of PV power plant economics;
  • provide the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions on PV projects; and
  • facilitate the exchange of potential or specific project ideas among participants, who bring perspectives from around the globe.

Learning Objectives:

  • identify PV market development, segments, and outlooks;
  • describe the main components of a PV system and use software to access meteorological data estimates and forecast PV system yields;
  • define project phases, starting with the initial concept to operation and maintenance, to developing PV project plans, including: planning and commissioning, approvals, logistics, construction, and grid-connection;
  • implement, coordinate, and control PV projects from the installation process to grid-connection;
  • identify project risks, risk mitigation, and dos and don’ts;
  • analyse operational data from a real PV system;
  • evaluate the core activities within the PV value chain;
  • assess main steps of project development and implementation;
  • understand key stakeholders’ roles and project structures;
  • assess the KPIs of PV project calculation;
  • investigate main costs (CAPEX and OPEX) and other relevant figures for an economic analysis; identify leverage of projects; and evaluate a project with an accompanying economic efficiency calculation tool

This training will suit those who:

  • have prior knowledge of PV technology, and you are interested in implementing projects and need a comprehensive overview on PV project economics and finance
  • are a project developer, project manager, engineer, quality inspector, or customer service professional in the solar energy industry and want to start evaluating/developing your first project(s).

Qualification Level

Basic PV knowledge

Duration: 5 days, from 9:00 - 17:00 each day

Start Date: 26 August 2024

End Date: 30 August 2024

Structure: 3.5 days covering theory and case studies, 1 day of hands-on exercises, and a half-day site visit

Number of Participants: 15

Course Location: RENAC's Training Centre, Berlin, Germany

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of attendance from RENAC

Training Course Language: English

Price: €1,800

Early Bird Price: €1,620 available until: 1 July 2024



Tarini Lamba
Project Manager
Academic Programmes and Professional Training
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 19
Email: lamba[at]


*incl 19 % of German

Additional Information

GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects
GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects
GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects
GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects
GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects
GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects


  • Assessment of knowledge acquisition
  • Qualified trainer with extensive industry experience
  • Theoretical lectures, discussions, and group work
  • State-of-the-art practical training (calculations, hands-on exercises)
  • Use of technology-specific, self-build practical training rigs
  • Informative and engaging site visits or field trips with inspections of power plants and buildings
  • Certificate of attendance from RENAC
  • We offer discounts for our alumni, group bookings, and multiple purchases. Contact us for further details.



Tarini Lamba
Project Manager
Academic Programmes and Professional Training
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 19
Email: lamba[at]

Available dates & times

Next Date Type of training Language Registration deadline Price € VAT Info Early bird € Valid until  
26.08.24 - 30.08.24 Face - to - face EN 19.08.2024 2.142,00*

* including 19 % of German VAT


Jens Brand, RENAC

Current position:

Jens Brand has been working at RENAC since March 2021. As project director of the Solar and Energy Efficiency department, he develops photovoltaics off-grid curricula and seminar training material for practitioners, trainers, and other experts in the sector. 

Professional experience:

Before joining RENAC, Jens worked at hardware manufacturing facilities, including SMD production, and designed solar home systems for markets in Africa. He brings extensive practice-based experience in hardware engineering, product design, manufacturing, and technical operations to the RENAC team.


Jens Brand holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in sustainable energy studies. He speaks English, French, and German.

Frank Schillig, Energiegewinner Technik

Current position:

Frank Schillig has 26 years of professional experience in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Currently, Mr. Schillig is the Managing Director at Energiegewinner Technik GmbH, an EPC company for renewable energy projects, based in Cologne, Germany. He specialises in photovoltaic projects of different scales (from kilowatt to megawatt) as well as in rooftop, greenfield, and other energy efficiency projects.

Professional experience:

Mr. Schillig has also designed educational curricula and led capacity building workshops, delivering content in developing countries on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Additionally, he has consulted on solar photovoltaic, combined heat and power (CHP), biomass-to-energy, biogas, and wind energy projects.


Mr. Schillig holds an Energy and Process Engineering (Diplom- Ingenieur) from Technical University of Berlin, located in Berlin, Germany.

Johann Woick, DAL

Current Position
Since 2017, Johann Woick has been an external consultant for RENAC, developing training materials, course design concepts, and e-learning content. He also conducts seminars and train-the-trainer programmes for RENAC's Green Banking team.
Professional Experience
Johann is an expert on financing international renewable energy projects, with nearly 20 years of professional experience in the renewable energy sector. He currently works at DAL as a Senior Project Manager, originating debt capital for German and international renewable energy projects. Previously, Johann worked as a management consultant, project financier, and managing director, specialising in financing renewable energy projects. During his career, he and his team have successfully obtained more than EUR 1 billion in funding for renewable energy projects. He also has experience in structuring international corporate structures, and has been significantly involved in the development and implementation of several business plans. 
Johann Woick holds a Diplôme de l'ESCE in International Management from ESCE International Business School, Paris, and a degree (Diplom-Kaufmann (FH)) from Berlin School of Economics in International Management. 

Rafael Juan Martí, RENAC

Current Position:

Rafael Juan Martí is a project director and instructor at the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG in Berlin. Rafael joined RENAC in 2021 and has been working on capacity building in renewable energies and green energy business projects as part of the Solar Energy/Energy Efficiency/Rural Electrification team. He is also a mentor for green energy companies and entrepreneurs in Africa as well as a trainer for the development of solar projects and storage solutions. Rafael is currently specialising in ESG and impact investing.

Professional Experience:

Before joining RENAC, Rafael gained several years of experience working on solar project development in Latin America. He has worked in the area of business development with several companies in different points of the renewable solar industry chain and has technical as well as commercial knowledge in power electronics and energy storage solutions.


Rafael Juan Martí holds an MBA in International Business Management from the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Madrid, Spain and a postgraduate diploma in Energy Economics and Management from Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico. From the University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain, he received a Law and Political Science double bachelor’s degree. Rafael speaks Spanish, English, German, and French.


"It was really interesting to see how complex projects can be. I am grateful that RENAC’s lecturers carefully addressed all aspects over the week."
Ronald Upmann, Germany, GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects, 2023

"This will help me to implement the things that I learned on my job, since I am a project manager for [a] solar initiative. I have learned a lot and it has been a great opportunity to learn."
Mohammed Al Harbi, Saudi Arabia, GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects, 2023

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