ENABLING PV in Georgia – Setting up vocational trainings for renewable energies

Enabling PV in Georgia-2022


ENABLING PV in Georgia – Setting up vocational trainings for renewable energies

Working group meeting, 5th of September 2022,

Georgian Technical University (M. Kostava Str. 77), building 9, Conference room (410),

4 pm – 6 pm (Tbilisi time), 2 pm – 4 pm (Berlin time)

ZOOM link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87283792270?pwd=enlWYXltTlNRTGpyOXFwVWM4MHNXZz09


Welcome notes


Lidija Christmann,

German Embassy in Tbilisi, Head of Development Cooperation, https://tiflis.diplo.de/ge-de

Lena Shatakishvili,

Professor, Dean Faculty of Power Engineering,


Working Group Participants

Christoph Urbschat,

Owner and CEO, eclareon, https://www.eclareon.com/en

Owner and CEO, ideas into energy,


Zviad Gachechiladze,

Member of the Board of Directors,

Director for Organized Markets Development and Electricity Accounting, Georgian State Electrosystem




Maia Melikidze, PhD,

ERRA Chair, Commissioner at Georgian National Energy

and Water Supply Regulatory Commission,



Jaba Khmaladze,

CEO, Georgian Energy Development Fund (GEDF),




Elene Tskhakaia,

Project Manager, Modernization of VET System Related to Agriculture in Georgia,

UNDP Georgia,




Selma Ulrichs,

Private Sector Development and Technical Vocational Education and Training, South Caucasus,

Deputy Programme Director, Team Leader Georgia, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/359.html

Tamar Kitiashvili,

CEO Skills Agency,



Bodo Schmülling,

Director Sector Coordination South Caucasus,

KfW Caucasus Regional Office,




Prof. Gia Arabidze,

Energy Faculty, Georgian Technical University,


Peter Möller,

Managing Director, Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung,


Shokhrukh Baratov,

Managing Partner, AIONRISE,




Andreas Dreisiebner,

Board Member, Solar Energy Association (Switzerland),



Irakli Babunashvili,

Technical Director, PV Georgia,



Berit Müller,

Managing Director, DGS Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie,




George Kekelidze,

Executive Director,

International Innovative Technologies, Head of EUROSOLAR Georgia section,


As a activity for implementation of ENABLING PV in Georgia in 2022/2023, it was agreed at the round table in January 2022 to systematically support IITech and its Georgian ENABLING PV partners in expanding their vocational training activities towards Georgian electrical engineering professionals and installers about state-of-the-art solar system planning and installation, because there is still a great need to catch up on in-service and practically oriented vocational trainings for already active professionals in Georgia. In this context, activities already underway in Georgia for training in the planning and installation purposes, such as activities of GIZ in Georgia or SOLAR COLLEGES project, should be built upon or synergistically integrated. Important step in development of SOLAR INSTALLER training initiative in Georgia was interest from Georgian Energy Development Fund (GEDF).

Such training in Georgia would create very positive socio-economic impacts, because the economically viable potential for the operation of small and medium-sized grid-connected PV systems in Georgia is at approximately 35 megawatts by 2025. With an average size of approx. 20 kWp per system, this corresponds to 1250 new installed systems and a total investment of approx. 62 million GEL (22 million Euro) by 2025. In order for these investments to be sustainable, meaning for the systems to achieve the desired operating life of at least 20 years or more, the quality of the planning, installation and maintenance of these systems is of key importance. This is precisely where the SOLAR INSTALLER for Georgia project comes in, focusing on theoretically sound and practically applicable state-of-the-art knowledge for planners and installers already working in electrical engineering.