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Solar Sisters Unite! SEI Offers Women's Only PV101 Online - August 18th

Posted by: chris on July 23, 2014
According to the 2013 National Solar Jobs Census the future is bright for the solar industry indeed:

"With the expected addition of over 22,200 new solar workers over the next year, employment in the solar industry is expected to grow by 15.6% during a period in which employment in the overall economy is expected to grow by only 1.4%."
 
This is fantastic news, but we say it is high time for more women to join this solar tidal-wave. For many years Solar Energy International (SEI) taught women-only courses to draw more women into the renewable energy industry, ...
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Solar PV Training Update: SEI Announces Advanced Solar Training Lab: PV351L - August 18th

Posted by: chris on July 15, 2014
Our past PV351L hands-on lab students are jumping with joy for how much they learned in Solar Energy International's (SEI) most advanced lab event offered.  SEI has announced another session next month - PV351L: Tools and Techniques for PV System Operations and Maintenance.   Registration is open and class starts Aug. 18th!

Exciting and complex new analytical tools for photovoltaic system operations and maintenance (O&M) allow fast access to information which previously had been very difficult to gather. Whether commissioning a system, locating intermittent ground ...
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Celebrate Energy Independence this 4th of July!

Posted by: chris on June 30, 2014
Dear Friends and Alumni of SEI,

Happy Fourth of July! Here in Paonia, Colorado, home of SEI’s headquarters, our little community is transformed. Flags line the streets, there’s a parade through our  downtown, and a carnival in town park with lots of contests, including coal shoveling. Everyone comes out in force (and in red, white and blue) to celebrate America’s Independence.

What if July 4th also became synonymous with Energy Independence? What if we celebrated the day when all people, regardless of socioeconomic status, would have access to clean, affordable, ...
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SEI Teams up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Posted by: chris on June 9, 2014
SEI's Solar In the Schools Outreach Program Teams up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife Teaching Environments Naturally Program

K-12 Classrooms visit SEI's PV lab Facility in Paonia, Colorado  

SEI's Solar In the Schools has teamed up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Teaching Environmental Science Naturally (TEN) program to integrate renewable energy science and PV labs in an outdoor classroom setting for K-12 students in Delta County. The TEN program assists teachers in taking their students outdoors for academically powerful field trips and to connect students to ...
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Pacheco Teams with Solar Energy International (SEI) to Offer GSA Schedule Solar Training

Posted by: chris on May 6, 2014
Pacheco Company has teamed with Solar Energy International (SEI) to provide Renewable Energy educational classes on Pacheco Company U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) schedule GS07F-0286W.  Class times and schedules procured off GSA Schedule can be viewed on http://www.solarenergy.org.

Pacheco Company is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). The GSA establishes long-term government-wide contracts with commercial firms to provide access to millions of commercial products and services at volume discount pricing. 

Pacheco Company is a ...
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SEI's Online Campus Gets New Features

Posted by: chris on April 30, 2014
SEI uses the Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) for our online learning software. The software is known as a learning management system (LMS) and is very popular within higher education around the world.  MOODLE is known as a tool for creating online learning opportunities that is both fun and engaging for the learner.  SEI uses MOODLE for our online courses and is proud to support the growing community of online training programs all over the world using this technology. Our online courses are also prerequisites to our popular and well-attended PV lab ...
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SEI's Solar Professionals Academy of the Americas (SPAA) Goes to D.C.

Posted by: chris on April 30, 2014
On April 16th, SEI visited the nation's capital to present on the successful collaboration strategies that were implemented through the Solar Professionals Academy of the Americas (SPAA). In 2013 SEI received funding from the U.S. State Department through a program called the Energy & Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). With this funding SEI set out to train 50 people, representing countries, communities, and organizations throughout Central America and Mexico to design, install and maintain solar PV systems in conjunction with business training and mentoring to equip the ...
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Ed Franklin - Passion for Solar Energy

Posted by: chris on March 26, 2014
What is your passion project? What is the project that gets you excited and makes your work worthwhile? For Ed Franklin, PV is his passion project.

Ed is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Education at the University of Arizona. He teaches courses in welding, machinery management, electrical wiring, irrigation, and turf management, and integrates his passion project, PV, into almost all of these topics. For Ed, PV is a vehicle to teach the basic concepts of math and science. Classroom theory, such as Ohm’s Law, is applied when students design and install PV systems at ...
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SEI Offers IAEI Inspector Trainings

Posted by: chris on March 26, 2014
IAEI Inspector Trainings
Last month, SEI trained close to 200 inspectors through the Solar Instructor Training Network, a program of the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative. This network, of which SEI is a regional provider, promotes and provides training and expertise in the installation of solar technologies. In addition to training and working with community colleges and universities that offer solar programs, the network also provides training to solar inspectors to ensure high-quality installations.

SEI Instructors Brian Mehalic, Rebekah Hren, Ryan Mayfield, and ...
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SEI Alumni Highlight: Rebecca Offensend - Strategy Director, SunSaluter

Posted by: chris on February 26, 2014
by Rebecca Offensend - Strategy Director, SunSaluter - SEI Alumna

At this time last year, I knew nothing about solar energy. But 9 months ago, I was brought on as the Strategy Director for SunSaluter, a social enterprise tackling solar energy efficiency and clean water. The SunSaluter product is a solar tracker designed for the developing world that uses the power of gravity and water to rotate solar panels and increase efficiency, helping users get more energy from their panels.

When I started my job, I was nervous that my lack of knowledge about solar energy would ...
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