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PV America West is the Best for Solar Training with SEI

Posted on March 14, 2012
By April E. Clark, Solar Energy International
Marketing Communications Coordinator

An industry leader in solar training and renewable energy education, Solar Energy International is dedicated to helping those new to the solar industry enter the workforce, as well as support certified solar professionals already working in the field acquire their required Continuing Education Credits (CECs). For those seeking North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certified PV Installer CECs, SEI is here to help with solar training in ...
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Comin' in Hot this Spring with Solar Thermal Training

Posted on March 12, 2012
Solar Energy International has kicked off March Madness Month for solar thermal training by offering three solar thermal continuing education webinars this month that count for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) continuing education hours:

Solar Hot Air Design and Installation, Part 1 - (Available now) Solar Hot Air Design and Installation, Part 2 - (March 13) Advanced Solar Thermal Trouble Shooting and Repair - (March 22)For those interested in solar thermal training hours for NABCEP, SEI is offering two ...
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From the Grid and Beyond - Battery-Based Systems to Solar Business Training

Posted on March 7, 2012
By Christopher Turek, Solar Energy International Director of Online and Educational Services
Most everyone in the solar industry knows that grid-based residential and commercial systems make up the predominance of where the market is these days. Every year, since 1991, Solar Energy International trains thousands of students for a grid-based PV system paradigm. With that said, if you want to be at the top of your game in the solar industry, you should be versed in all types of PV systems to include battery-based designs. Additionally, to consider yourself ...
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Roofing, Solar and NBA All-Stars in Orlando

Posted on March 5, 2012

By Kathy Swartz, Solar Energy International Renewable Energy Training Director

At the end of February, I had the privilege of attending the International Roofing Expo in Orlando, Florida. Not only was this conference -- sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) -- fantastic, but it happened to coincide with the NBA All-Star Weekend! More about this a little later.

The week began with Solar Energy International's (SEI) Kris Sutton and the NRCA's Jim Kirby tag-teaming a day-long solar training for 30-plus participants, who were ...
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Calling all NABCEP Certified PV Installers

Posted on February 29, 2012
By Kristopher Sutton, Solar Energy International PV Instructor
NABCEP Certified PV Installer #041704-39

Editor's note: The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV installer certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which PV installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition.

As a NABCEP Certified PV Installer, it's not uncommon to find that before you know it, your three years are up and it's time to be recertified. Speaking from personal ...
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March is Solar Thermal Training Madness Month at Solar Energy International

Posted on February 23, 2012
Delta County Film Collective's Solar Cuzit'sHot from Hutman Media.

March is Solar Thermal Madness Month at Solar Energy International, in honor of the new Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap: A Strategic Plan to Make Colorado the National Leader in Solar Thermal Development recently unveiled through the Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado (STAC) under the joint leadership of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) and the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA). According to Laurent Meillon, co-founder of STAC and director of Capitol Solar Energy, a ...
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SEI and CLEER Discuss Solar Training for a Clean Energy Economy and Workforce

Posted on February 21, 2012
Solar Energy International's Chris Turek, Director of Online and Educational Services, and Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) recently connected in Carbondale, Colorado, to discuss solar training, the solar industry, certifications, workforce development, and more.

Since 1991, Solar Energy International has been on the forefront of renewable energy education, employing 20 ISPQ Certified Trainers and 24 NABCEP Certified Solar Installers as instructors and staff — more than any other solar training organization. CLEER is a nonprofit energy consulting company that manages ...
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Solar Training Opens a World of Possibility for Business Manager in Costa Rica

Posted on February 17, 2012

By Joris A. Brinckerhoff, Manager, Costa Rica Entomological Supply
Member, Sat Yoga Institute

Installing solar and utilizing the sun's power as a clean energy option requires a realm of solar training knowledge and skill sets I have long lacked. As a participant in the creation of Sat Yoga's self-sustaining ashram and eco-village in Costa Rica, however, the design and implementation of a functioning solar system somehow came to fall on my shoulders. What now?! Books are useful but data is not always readily converted into either DC or AC. Expert consultants ...
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Solar Energy International Tribute to Heather Andrews, a True Solar Sister

Posted on February 12, 2012
By April E. Clark, Marketing Communications Coordinator

This week, the solar industry lost a champion. And I, along with Solar Energy International staff, lost a friend.

Heather Andrews wasn't just the kind of person you meet and forget. She had a warm personality and a brightness about her that was special, different. It was ingrained in her attitude - sharp, witty, clever, sweet, level-headed, fun, aware, understanding, evolving. She was proud to be a SEI alumna and solar champion and loved to tell the world about PV. 

I ...
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Solar Energy International and WE CARE Solar Bring Solar Suitcases to Sierra Leone

Posted on February 10, 2012
By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Solar Energy International's
International Program Manager

WE CARE Solar and Solar Energy International recently partnered to help bring solar suitcases to Sierra Leone. Solar Energy International PV instructor Carol Weis (pictured below) traveled with WE CARE Solar founder Dr. Laura Stachel to the West African country to install seven solar suitcases and train local health care workers and technicians. They also met with different UN and government agencies, and visited numerous health clinics to gain a better understanding of the local needs, ...
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