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SEI Alumni Highlight: Noel Wichman – Veteran

June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Solar Energy International (SEI) is proud to welcome Noel Wichman into SEI’s alumni network. Noel has the distinction of being the first student to utilize his Veterans Benefits to enroll in classes at SEI. Living just 10 miles away from SEI’s Campus in Paonia, CO, Noel’s drive to SEI was […]

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Solar Energy International (SEI) Launches Solar Ready Colorado Training Outreach Program

June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Building upon Solar Energy International’s (SEI) technical solar training program that has been in operation for over 25 years with over 45,000 alumni worldwide – SEI is launching a Colorado based training and career outreach program titled – ​Solar Ready Colorado: Solar Professionals Training and Outreach Program​.

SEI will lead a […]

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Solar Energy International (SEI) Welcomes New Board Member – Jon Miller

June 28th, 2016|5 Comments

SEI’s board of directors is a talented group of volunteers who keep SEI’s mission and vision at the forefront of everything we do. Largely made up of Western Colorado residents, SEI’s board members have varied backgrounds: a pioneer of Sustainable and Responsible Investing,  a developer of coal mine methane power […]

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Having a Case of the Mondays? It is Our Favorite Day of the Week Here at Solar Energy International (SEI)!

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

by Jessica Finnigan, SEI Workshop Coordinator

Having a “case of the Mondays” looks very different here at SEI than it does in the classic “Office Space” movie. Mondays are by far my favorite day of the week.  Almost every Monday, from April through October, upwards of 32 students descend onto our […]

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Solar Energy International’s (SEI) Spanish Program Completes Solar Installer Training Lab Week

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Solar Energy International’s Programa Hispano  (Spanish Program) welcomed thirteen students from all over Latin America to SEI’s solar training facility in Paonia, Colorado. The students came to SEI to attend “FV201L: Laboratorio Fotovoltaico de Sistemas Conectados a la Red- Práctico or Grid-Direct Photovoltaic Systems Laboratory. The class was taught entirely […]

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Why Rural America Needs Local Energy Solutions

June 6th, 2016|2 Comments

The future of energy in Rural America is unfolding right in our backyard. Last summer our local utility servicing Solar Energy International’s headquarters in Paonia, Colorado, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), won a favorable ruling before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This decision recognizes DMEA’s right to step outside of […]

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The Thompson’s Solar Story

June 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

Kathy and Greg Thompson stand proudly in front of the ground mounted PV Array, one of the 23 installations completed as a part of Solarize North Fork Valley in the Spring and Summer of 2015. The Thompsons were like many others curious of solar and how it might benefit them. […]

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Solarize Delta County nears Halfway Mark! 55 Homes and Businesses Registered so Far!

May 30th, 2016|2 Comments

Educational events for June Announced

Installers from Empowered Energy Systems, LLC of Hotchkiss just finished the first installation in a series of new solar PV systems springing up around Delta County. A brand new 25 kW commercial system now sits atop workspace solutions ProSpace’s roof in Delta. The system is sized to produce some […]

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North Fork Solar Fair Draws Record Crowd

May 30th, 2016|2 Comments

Community Turns Out to Learn & Act for Local Solutions

PAONIA CO – Since soon after the earliest settlers moved into Colorado’s North Fork Valley it has relied on two major forces to drive its economy: energy and agriculture. This year the North Fork Solar Fair & Permaculture Expo built on […]

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SEI Alumni Highlight: Emily Petrossian Completes Battery-based Solar Installation Training

May 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Emily Petrossian (second from the left in the photo) is the newest member of a battery manufacturing company based in California. She is the latest team member to attend solar installation training at Solar Energy International (SEI), sponsored by a company who routinely send their employees to train with SEI. […]