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SEI's new Solar Business and Technical Sales online course heads into 2011

Posted on January 3, 2011
By Liz Merry
Solar Energy International Instructor

I may have never seen so much sharing and advanced learning taking place as was evidenced in the inaugural flight of the PV206: Solar Business and Technical Sales online course that ended in November 2010. The course format and varied teaching methods supported a great deal of student sharing and knowledge building. Any doubts I may have had about online learning were dispelled after seeing the education happening in PV206. I look forward to helping lead an even smoother version of the course in 2011.

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SEI's solar training in Tucson offers installation experience

Posted on December 16, 2010
By Ed Eaton, Solar Energy International Instructor

Since 1994, Solar Energy International has offered hands-on workshops in Tucson, Arizona. We have hosted attendees from across the land, and from other countries as well, over the years. Traveling to Tucson in the winter months to attend a solar energy training workshop is not a hard pill to swallow. Each year, attendees enjoy the warm climate in a friendly, learned atmosphere while participating in an actual installation. Workshop attendees have installed more than 20 separate photovoltaic systems with each workshop, being its ...
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Free solar training webinar on battery safety and maintenance offers NABCEP continuing ed credit

Posted on December 10, 2010

Join Solar Energy International and Trojan Battery Company for an interactive webinar at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) Wed. Dec. 15, on deep-cycle battery topology, safety and maintenance for battery-based photovoltaic systems.

Register for this free webinar here!

Solar Energy International and Trojan Battery have teamed up to offer this informational session on these topics, and present a brief introduction to SEI's new PV203 online course: Battery-Based PV Systems and Code Criteria. This course ...
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Hot off the press: Solar Energy International 's 2011 training catalog

Posted on December 3, 2010
Solar Energy International's new 2011 training catalog has hit the streets as we begin to celebrate SEI's 20 years of renewable energy education and outreach in the new year. Browse our digital version to learn more about Solar Energy International. Click here to download SEI's 2011 hands-on workshop and online training catalog (4.3 Mb PDF)

For a list of our online courses and hands-on workshops we're offering in 2011, click here.

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Solar Energy International installs solar PV system on Paonia Town Hall

Posted on November 18, 2010

By Kathy Swartz, Solar Energy International's Renewable Energy Education Program Director

Solar Energy International recently installed a 6.3kW PV system on Town Hall in Paonia, Colorado. A grant from the StEPP Foundation funded the hardware, Solar Energy International donated design and labor time, and Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) and the Town of Paonia gave their support to the project.  At 6.3kw, the system is the largest in the town of Paonia, and is visible from downtown. 

Lucien Pevec, a Town Council Trustee, wrote ...
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Solar training in New Jersey: Solar design and installation, sales, marketing, and the economics of solar

Posted on November 9, 2010
Solar training in the Garden State

Solar Energy International believes that people learn by doing. For people wanting to change careers, PV installers or designers, and homeowners, SEI has a solar training workshop to suit your needs. This month, Solar Energy International offers three courses in solar training in Bordentown, NJ:

PV101 Solar Training: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct), Nov. 15-19, provides an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems. The goal of the course is to create a ...
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Free Webinar: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes

Posted on November 3, 2010
Webinar: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes

The 2nd St. L.I.F.E. Project (Low Impact Future-proof Ecohouse) is a demonstration of compact, sustainable, affordable living on an infill lot in downtown Carbondale, Colorado. Through a widely collaborative design process involving local and national contributors, the project serves to educate the design community, building professionals and homeowners about approaches that maximize high performance, low cost, natural and low-embodied energy materials and techniques in a compact passive design reducing the ...
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New video features Solar Energy International's RD102: Solar Electricity for the Developing World workshop in Costa Rica

Posted on October 22, 2010

Video by Solar Energy International alum Christopher Black.

Have you ever been to Costa Rica? Are you interested in eco-tourism? What if you could travel to a beautiful rainforest and help bring solar energy to a remote village?

 To kick off the new year in 2011, Solar Energy International is proudly offering its popular RD102: Solar Electricity for the Developing World hands-on workshop Jan 1-9, in Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica.

Join SEI for an exciting destination training with our Renewable Energy for the Developing World program. The ...
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What's special about Guemes Island workshops?

Posted on October 5, 2010
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Education Program Team Leader  

For the past 15 years, Guemes Island has been the location for more than 100 Solar Energy International workshops. Why here, you may ask? Why this small, residential island that's home to approximately 800 year-round residents and only 8.2 square miles in size?

Back in the mid-1990s, Ian Woofenden approached SEI and asked about offering workshops on a small island in the San Juan Islands chain. Ian, who has lived on Guemes Island for more than 30 years and has raised his large family off-grid ...
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Solar Energy International introduces Solar Business and Technical Sales online course

Posted on September 29, 2010
By April E. Clark, Solar Energy International Marketing Communications Coordinator

Over the last year, Solar Energy International has seen the renewable energy industry grow by leaps and bounds. We have received an overwhelming interest from our students and alumni for more business-focused curriculum that relies on SEI's 20 years of solar business experience and industry relationships.

SEI is listening.

In response to the demand for comprehensive solar business training, Solar Energy International introduces its new PVOL206: Solar Business and Technical ...
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