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Larry LeDue Memorialized in Solar Energy International Scholarship

Posted by: april on May 30, 2012
By Tom Locke, Editor, Fairplay Plume

Editor's Note: This article was previously published in the Fairplay Plume and is being republished with permission from the editor. In May 2012, Solar Energy International established the Larry LeDue Memorial Scholarship Fund to memorialize Larry LeDue, founder and owner of Sustainable Solutions, Inc., a company that offers energy system analysis and design, off-grid power installation, and turn-key solar energy systems throughout Park County, Colorado. Donations to the fund will allow people without the financial means to ...
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Solar Energy International Offers Renewable Energy Training for International Development

Posted by: april on May 18, 2012

By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Solar Energy International's International Program Manager

CARBONDALE, Colorado - Join renowned renewable energy educator Solar Energy International in a week-long workshop June 25-29 that teaches renewable energy applications for developing countries at Third Street Center. 

In this hands-on workshop, RD101: Renewable Energy for the Developing World participants will learn to construct fuel-efficient cookstoves, build residential size bio-gas systems, and work with small-scale solar electric systems. Hands-on labs will ...
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Cutting Edge Technology on Display at Solar Energy International's PV Lab Facility

Posted by: april on May 11, 2012
By Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate

Solar Energy International's students come to our solar training lab workshops not just to be trained by the best; they come to see the best products on the market - the latest and the greatest.

Likewise, SEI's instructors, besides loving to teach, come to train at SEI's Paonia PV Lab Facility because our lab is filled with the latest technology. SEI's instructors and students get to work with the newest products on the market.

Every year SEI's PV Project Coordinator, Jeff Tobe, sets to work on ...
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Battery-based Solar Training Gets Personal

Posted by: april on May 9, 2012
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Training Director

PAONIA, Colorado — Batteries. They are not often talked about in the PV industry that is so dominated by grid-tied, battery-less PV systems. Battery-systems are complicated. Messy. Perplexing.

But yet, these systems have the power to change lives, create independence from the grid, expand businesses, and challenge installers who are bored with grid-tied systems.

This week kicked off Solar Energy International's first PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based) solar training at our state-of-the-art PV ...
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Solar Energy International: Hands-on, Industry-Supported Solar Training at its Best

Posted by: april on May 1, 2012
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Training Director

On April 30, Solar Energy International officially kicked off the 2012 summer PV training season with a full class for PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct) at our state-of-the-art training facility in Paonia, Colorado. And once again, the caliber of participants is exceptional ... The diversity and the support from industry has been fantastic!

The participants represented three countries and 14 different states. Each of the participants had to complete at least one PV101 online or in-person ...
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Videos Highlight Solar Energy International's Solar in the Schools Outreach Program

Posted by: april on April 25, 2012
By Jesse K. Hoff, Solar Energy International Work-Trader

As a new work-trader at Solar Energy International assisting with the Solar in the Schools program, I've seen more fourth graders get excited about science in a short month than I have in my entire life. There's a specific joy that comes from watching people learn about solar energy. So, it is with great pleasure I present these videos to the SEI community in hopes of sharing some of the excitement I've seen during my brief time here so far. The feeling of excitement can surprise and inspire and I've always admired ...
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PV Instructors Gather in Paonia for SEI's Fifth Annual Training Event

Posted by: april on March 19, 2012
By Kathy Swartz, Solar Energy International Renewable Energy Training Director

Last week was one of my favorite weeks of the year. Solar Energy International hosted more than 34 of our PV instructors and staff as we came together in Paonia, Colorado, for three incredible days for our Fifth Annual PV Instructor Training. Solar Energy International gathered our passionate instructors into one room to discuss technical issues and share expertise. It's hard to imagine a bigger PV brain trust gathered together - not because they had to be, but because they wanted to be.

The ...
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Solar Energy International Celebrates 20 Years of Renewable Energy Education with Style

Posted by: april on August 18, 2011
By April E. Clark, Marketing Communications Coordinator

What a weekend! Solar Energy International celebrated 20 years of renewable energy and solar training Aug. 12-14 here in sunny Colorado. The weekend welcomed SEI friends, colleagues, alumni, and board members who traveled from Washington D.C. to Washington state, and nearly everywhere in between. Fun was had by all and the renewable energy buzz remained strong throughout the weekend's events. 

The momentus weekend began with rafting through Glenwood Canyon in Glenwood Springs. Nearly 40 alumni, staff and board ...
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Solar Energy International: Not Just a Number

Posted by: april on June 10, 2011
By Kathy Swartz
Renewable Energy Education Program Team Leader

I love working at SEI. Plain and simple. I love my colleagues, this amazing little town of Paonia, Colorado, where our solar training PV Lab Facility is located, and of course, the people who attend our workshops.

Each Monday, I get chills as I listen to workshop participants in our hands-on trainings introduce themselves. They each have a story to tell about how they came to this point in their lives where they are taking the leap into the renewable energy world and about how they came to find Solar ...
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Solar Viewpoint: My Take on the Xcel Energy Solar Rewards Program Changes in Colorado

Posted by: april on April 19, 2011
By Zeke Yewdall, Solar Energy International Workshop Instructor The Public Utilities Commission in Colorado announced this week that Xcel Energy, CoSEIA (Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, representing small residential/commercial solar installers) and Solar Alliance (representing large commercial/central solar installers) and other parties, have worked out a plan to restart the Xcel Energy Solar Rewards program. Solar Rewards has been successful in Colorado areas served by Xcel, and that caused an earthquake in the Colorado solar industry in mid-February ...
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