The GoShop Academy Empowering Technicians in Renewable Energy

April 9, 2024 by
Laure Miruho Wene
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Since its inception in 2017, the GoShop Academy, an initiative by GoShop, has been committed to investing in training programs aimed at empowering technicians in the field of renewable energy. Over the years, the Academy has successfully trained more than 1000 technicians, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the renewable energy sector. 

In March 2024, the GoShop Academy, in collaboration with Victron Energy, organized training sessions in Kinshasa, marking a significant milestone in its journey. Approximately 80 technicians participated in these sessions, which focused on practical demonstrations of kits provided by the GoShop team. These included simple assembly with a Multi Plus II converter, AC coupling with a Fronius PV converter, and threephase systemwith three Multi RS Solar converters. 

The first training session, led by Clement Joulain from Victron Energy, offered participants the opportunity to learn from his expertise. Cofacilitated by five technicians from GoShop, who are experts in the field, the session emphasized practical learningexperiences. 

The second training session, fully funded and led by GoShop, continued to build upon the success of the first. Participants provided positive feedback, expressing their appreciation for the practical aspects of the training. The opportunity to directly manipulate and engage with the latest technology in inverters, batteries, and solar panels provedinvaluable to theirlearningexperience. 

Following the training, participants are preparing to undergo an online certification test, made possible through the collaboration with Victron Energy. This certification will validate their newfound skills and knowledge, further enhancing their credentials in the renewable energy industry. 

The success of the GoShop Academy underscores the importance of private sector initiatives in driving education and quality standards in the renewable energy sector. By complementing public education efforts and offering a diverse range of modules, from interpersonal competencies to project management and technical skills, the Academy addresses the evolvingneeds ofthe industry.