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Countdown to Colorado Gives Day Begins

Posted by: april on December 1, 2011
By Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate

Colorado Gives Day, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, is just five days away, and Solar Energy International is feeling the excitement. Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour period of online giving where every donation made to SEI at www.givingfirst.org/solarenergy gets a boost from the First Bank Incentive Fund. This is part one in a five-part blog series leading up to Colorado Gives Day - each day we will highlight one of the 2012 SEI Outreach goals.

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Solar Training Success Story at Solar Power International '11 in Dallas

Posted by: april on November 7, 2011
By Brian Mehalic, PV Curriculum Developer and Instructor
(Pictured here with SEI PV instructors Rebekah Hren and and Laura Walters at SPI 2011 in Dallas)

Once again, another strong showing at Solar Power International, the premier industry conference. Solar Energy International started the week off with a bang, with an ace crew of North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and ISPQ-certified instructors teaching three two-day and one one-day solar training workshops at the Dallas Convention Center.

Turn-out was great, with over 140 students ...
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Solar Energy International Boosts Contract Solar Training Services

Posted by: april on October 31, 2011


By Jeff Spies, Solar Energy International B2B Consultant

Solar Energy International, the oldest and largest solar training nonprofit organization in North America, is expanding its contract training services for solar distributors, manufacturers, and installation companies.

After 20 years of offering the highest quality solar training to contractors and green job seekers, Solar Energy International is boosting its offerings with new and customized training programs, hands-on workshops and instructor-led online training for designers, installers, ...
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SEI Alum Shares Career Path and Industry Success Through Quality Solar Training

Posted by: april on October 4, 2011


By Jeff Spies, President of SolarSpies and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Secretary

The failure rate among new solar installation companies seems to be rivaling that of restaurant startups, but it doesn't have to be that way. Quality solar training can change this trend, and one of the major lessons I have learned in my 20 years in sales, marketing, and technical training is the positive impact quality training can have on business success in the technical arena.

First, some history. Prior to entering the solar ...
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Go Big with Solar Training with Solar Energy International in Dallas

Posted by: april on September 28, 2011
Solar Energy International is pleased to offer four pre-conference solar trainings at Solar Power International in Dallas in October. We have an all-star line-up of trainings and presenters for both our one- and two-day trainings. Register here.

Sunday and Monday, Oct. 16-17, 2011 Commercial PV: NEC 2011 Code-Compliant Design, Operations, and Maintenance Tech Talk for the Non-Technical PV Professional Understanding Solar Business and Finance Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 ...
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Solar Energy International: The Solar Training Magic Continues

Posted by: april on September 21, 2011
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Training Director

In my previous solar training blog, I spoke about meeting this week's PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based) workshop participants and how the class feels like family.

I wrote about Steve who works at a leading PV installation company on the Front Range of Colorado. There's also Chris from Alaska who is working on remote telecommunications systems in Alaska. This is his fourth class with Solar Energy International and he's here so that he can apply what he's learning to his job.

Or there's David ...
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Solar Energy International: Where the Solar Training Magic Happens

Posted by: april on September 20, 2011
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Training Director

I mentioned in a previous solar training blog this summer that one of my favorite ways to start the training week is to go to introductions on the first day of class. This week's PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based) workshop, which started Sept. 19, was no exception.

The class feels like family. Walking in the room the first day, I immediately noticed familiar faces. On the break, there was a lot of catching up between students who took classes together or met in the online world this year.

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A Summer of Solar Training Through the Eyes of a Work-Trader, Part Two

Posted by: april on August 29, 2011
By Tasha Azizi, SEI Work-Trader

In my previous blog as a solar training work-trader for Solar Energy International, I mentioned that I first heard about SEI as I was researching for some social good my old utility scale solar company could partake in. I thought, "Well, we have lots of money ... Let's help people with it." I was slightly naïve about these efforts but as I was investigating, I came across SEI and the class Renewable Energy for the Developing World (REDW). I continuously went back to the SEI website and checked out what their classes were all about. I ...
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A Summer of Solar Training Through the Eyes of a Work-Trader, Part One

Posted by: april on July 25, 2011
By Tasha Azizi, SEI Work-Trader

This summer, I recently completed two solar training classes with Solar Energy International (SEI). Although the classes about renewable energy for the developing world caught my attention at first, I always wanted to learn more hands-on, technical skills about solar.

This summer I made it happen.

I have worked at a utility-scale solarcompany, a green building and supply store, as well as a wind developer prior to my workshops with SEI. I am not an engineer or an electrician to say the least. My background is more on the ...
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Free SEI Webinar Offers Concrete Alternatives for Ground-mounted Solar Array Installs

Posted by: april on June 13, 2011
Solar Energy International welcomes summer by continuing its free webinar series this month. On June 22, at 1 p.m. MDT, solar training experts SEI and foundation specialists Cantsink Manufacturing partner to present a free webinar on concrete alternatives for ground-mounted solar arrays.

Click here to register.

The hour-long webinar will discuss the need for solar professionals and contractors to learn to quickly install reliable ground-mounted foundations for solar applications using methods other than concrete.

Cantsink will cover such ...
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