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Solar Energy International (SEI) Receives Multiple IREC National 3iAwards Presented For Innovation, Ingenuity & Inspiration in Clean Energy

September 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Recently, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) honored national award winners for the Best of 2015 in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Celebrating 22 years of recognizing exemplary people, projects and programs, this year’s winners in each competitive category were selected by more than 1,500 online voters. IREC 3iAward recipients […]

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SEI Alumnus – Jeff Spies – Proudly Announces the First “Solar Pioneer Party”

August 31st, 2015|0 Comments

By Jeff Spies – SEI Alumnus and Sr Director Policy, Quick Mount PV

I first worked in the solar industry in the early 1980’s selling solar water heating systems as a part time job in college, but following graduation I launched my career into the field of industrial automation. While I […]

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Solar Ready Vets Includes First Female Graduates from Solar Energy International’s (SEI) Training Program

August 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Originally published in the DOE Newsletter (Amped Up!) – View original publication >>

It’s never too late to start over.

After serving honorably in the U.S. Army for almost five years, Sergeant Rozie Amenya was in search of a new career path. And at the age of 36, her timing was perfect […]

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Solar Energy International’s (SEI) Solar Installer Training for Veterans Showing Positive Results

July 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Since the launch of the Solar Ready Vets program this past Spring, Solar Energy International (SEI) has led the technical trainings across the country at multiple military bases as part of a pilot solar installer training program for transitioning military personnel.  The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative launched the Solar Ready […]

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Going Solar in the Modern Age

July 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Today there is a cheaper and easier answer that hybridizes consciousness and convenience.  Taking a few minutes to understand grid-tied, net-metered, roof-mounted solar systems is worth the while.

Grid-tied: this means the energy a solar array produces is directly linked to the electrical  utility grid.  No pricey batteries necessary!  No maintenance […]

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Solarize North Fork Valley Begins First Solar Array Install!

July 11th, 2015|0 Comments

The day has arrived!

Hotchkiss, Colorado based solar installation company, Empowered Energy Systems, has begun construction on its first solar array install contracted through Solar Energy International’s program to boost the solar economy in Delta County: Solarize North Fork Valley.  This is great news as we round into the final month […]

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Solar Energy International Opens First Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Delta County, Colorado

June 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Paonia, Colorado- On June 1, 2015, Solar Energy International (SEI) commissioned the first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Delta County, Colorado.

“SEI is proud to make our electric vehicle charging station free and open to the public,” stated Kathy Swartz, SEI’s Executive Director.  “The energy powering SEI’s charging station […]

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Solar Home Tours

June 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Organized by Solarize North Fork Valley, supported by Solar Energy International, and hosted by North Fork Valley Solar Ambassadors! Have you ever wondered what your neighbors keep cooped up in their houses? Well here’s the chance to be a Nosy-Nancy!

Solarize North Fork Valley is organizing Solar Home Tours at four […]

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Going Solar in the Modern Age

June 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Increased individual energy autonomy can be an attractive side of “going solar”.  But, what can “going solar” really mean this day and age?  Gaining energy in one form or another from the sun has been around for centuries.

As a species, we have come a long way since those prehistoric days […]

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SEI Volunteer Work Trader Highlight: Serendipity and Paonia, Colorado’s First EV Charging Station

May 28th, 2015|0 Comments

by Gerald Espinosa – SEI Volunteer Work Trader

I was on the way to move back to Denver, on a roadtrip from California with my dad. I had passed through Paonia last summer while camping in Crested Butte. That’s when I found out about SEI. I had just started exploring a […]