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Countdown to Colorado Gives Day Begins

Posted 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 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.

Help SEI create the Renewable Energy for High Schools online course!
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Solar Energy International Hosts Renewable Energy Expert Alex Zahnd in Carbondale

Posted on November 21, 2011
  Join Solar Energy International and renewable energy expert Alex Zahnd, co-founder of Rural Integrated Development Service-Nepal (RIDS-Nepal), as he describes how his organization improves lives for people in rural communities of the Himalayas. Alex lived and worked in one of the remotest and poorest mountain communities in Nepal, helping provide holistic solutions to community development.

Through solar lighting systems, fuel-efficient stoves, greenhouses, solar driers, pit latrines, and water filtration systems, RIDS-Nepal has improved the overall living, health and hygiene ...
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Solar Energy International to Participate in Colorado Gives Day Dec. 6

Posted on November 21, 2011
Colorado Gives Day - December 6

On Dec. 6, Solar Energy International will proudly participate in Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour period of online giving. We encourage you to log on to our donation page on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and make a donation to help support SEI's outreach in the renewable energy sector that includes our highly successful Solar In the Schools, Native American, and Women's programs.

FirstBank, a partner on the event, is hosting an Incentive Fund which will increase the value of your donation, but this will only hold true for donations made on ...
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Solar Training Success Story at Solar Power International '11 in Dallas

Posted 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 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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Solar Energy International Expands On-Demand Online Continuing Education Series

Posted on October 26, 2011
By Chris Turek, Director of Online and Educational Services

Many professions require periodic continuing education and training to stay certified or licensed. Solar Energy International's Continuing Education Series of courses serve solar and renewable energy professionals, electricians, roofers, inspectors, plumbers, architects, K-12 educators and more. Many of these courses are qualified for Continuing Education credits from NABCEP and other professional certification and state licensing authorities. These short duration courses are available for you ...
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SEI Hosts International Solar Training Experience of a Lifetime

Posted on October 11, 2011
By Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate

Checklist for an Solar Energy International Rural Development Student:

• See biogas cookers in action.
• Start the day with a cup of organic solar-roasted coffee.
• Visit with and learn from the Solar Women of Totogalpa
- a solar cooperative.
• Eat lunch at the Women's Solar Restaurant.
• Work in a remote (only-accessible-by-boat) community on the Atlantic Coast.
• Make smoothies in a bicycle-powered blender.
• Witness the elation of people gaining ...
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SEI Alum Shares Career Path and Industry Success Through Quality Solar Training

Posted 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 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 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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