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Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas Culmination Workshops

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October 25, 2013



Almost one year has passed since SEI began work on the Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas (APSA) program.

Under this program we have selected 50 people, representing countries, communities, and organizations throughout Central America and Mexico to be a part of an elite group of trainees learning how to design, install and maintain solar PV systems and to successfully launch and administer businesses in this critically important industry.Since we began the training component back in July, the 50 participants have completed two online courses focused on grid-tied PV, and battery-based systems. The learning and networking between students and instructors has been dynamic and engaging. In one week we will begin the hands-on workshop(s) at the Earth Univeristy in Liberia, Costa Rica. The 50 students wil be broken in to two groups of 25. In each workshop the students will participate in nine solar PV labs, install three PV systems, and engage in business roundtable discussions. You can follow all the action of the workshops at

We have so many people to thank for this wonderful opportunity to bring SEI's Spanish PV program to the Américas. Many people have worked tirelessly to put together a comprehensive training program. First and foremost we must thank the US State Department for providing the funding opportunity through the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. Secondly, to all our staff and partners who helped make every aspect of this program a success. And last but not least, our amazing instructors. We have a total of eight instructors working on the APSA program. It is a great team with many years of experience working in the PV insustry both in the United States and Latin America.

On behalf of SEI, we are all very proud to be working on such an important project for the Américas, and look forward to continuing more technical PV trainings in to the future.

- Matthew Harris, Director- Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas

To find out more about the APSA program email

To follow the action of the Costa Rica workshop visit

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