Olivia Energy Solutions started operations in 2009. The company provides solar power solutions to the agricultural, domestic and commercial markets in Southern Africa. We are a proud distributor of Canadian Solar, Frecon, Geyserwise, Grundfos, Jinko, Peimar, Schletter, Solar Edge, Solar MD, Victron, Wilo and other quality products.


OLIVIA is an approved PV GreenCard installer. The PV GreenCard is an initiative by the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) to promote safe and high-quality PV installations. The PV Green Card complies with relevant standards and safety guidelines which are in line with international best practice. This ensures investor confidence, commitment from role-players in the industry and empowerment of the solar PV system owner.


The team at OLIVIA is led by two executive directors:



Philip Olivier

B.Com (UFS), MBA (Wits), PhD (UFS)

Philip obtained his PhD in 2015 at the University of the Free State. The financial decision-making model which he developed in his thesis, A financial model to evaluate solar power in Free State dairy farms, is a significant contribution to energy management in the dairy industry. He has written several articles on the financial viability of solar power.



Eduan de Necker

Pr.Eng, B.Eng (NWU), M.EM (UFS)

Eduan is an electrical engineer with many years’ experience in solar system design and project management. He heads all grid-tied and off-grid solar projects at Olivia.