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Solar Energy International (SEI) Kicks Off End of Year Giving Campaign to Support Non-Profit Mission

Posted on November 25, 2014
Greetings from all of us here at Solar Energy International (SEI),

  We are writing you today to thank you for helping us make this a successful year for renewable energy adoption all over the world.  Your interest in renewables has helped SEI spread the word about our mission! 

We are asking for your continued support of our nonprofit mission as the year draws to an end.  Our objective is to raise awareness about the increasing need for quality renewable energy technical education and training worldwide. 

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Help Solar Energy International (SEI) Award $20,000 in Scholarships to our Latin American Students

Posted on November 14, 2014
Help us win $20,000 to support our mission!  Solar Energy International is competing to win $20,000 through Sungevity Gives Back, a contest focused on what we do to Generate Positive in the world.  All you have to do is cast your vote today.


 

How is SEI going to Generate Positive for the Spanish Speaking Community?
With the Sungevity Generate Positive award, SEI will provide scholarship money to a select group of Latin American technicians, trades men and women, and high school students to participate in our Spanish PV  training program. Via our ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Awards Over $4000 in Scholarships to Active Duty Military and Veterans

Posted on November 9, 2014
Solar Energy International (SEI) is pleased to announce we are awarding over $4000 in scholarships for renewable energy training through our outreach program for veterans and active duty military personnel.  November 11th, 2014 is Veterans Day and we are awarding selected veterans with full SEI Online Campus scholarships for our online training program with sessions starting on November 10th.  See online training schedule >>

From Soldiers to Solar
For the first time, the significant contributions of military veterans to the solar industry have been documented in a ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Hosts Delta County 8th Grade Solar Technology Field Lab

Posted on October 31, 2014
SEI's Solar In the Schools (SIS) program finished its 2014 season of labs with local 8th grade students participating in an introductory solar technology lab October 21 - 24. A total of 320 students from Delta Middle, Cedaredge Middle, Hotchkiss K-8 and Paonia Jr. High arrived by school bus to explore SEI's lab facility in groups of 40 for morning and afternoon lab sessions.  Boys and girls from across Delta County, Colorado engaged in four hands-on solar energy labs including lessons and activities in energy efficiency, measuring power, solar orientation and site analysis, testing ...
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SEI Alumni Highlight: Brandon Williams of Iron Edison

Posted on October 30, 2014
The day after completing the SEI battery lab, I drove to install my first off-grid system in Moab, UT.  The customer lives in Montezuma Canyon, which is an ancient Anasazi Indian area.  There is no excavation allowed in the Montezuma Canyon, so there are no power lines.  There are cliff dwellings and ancient kiva sites all along the road into the site.
SEI helped grow my business by giving me the tools to properly size and design an off-grid solar energy system.  Every class I took helped me to understand more about inverter, solar and battery technology.  The instructors ...
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Chilean President Recognizes SEI's Technical Solar PV Training Efforts in Atacama, Chile

Posted on October 17, 2014
Solar Energy International's (SEI) Spanish Program has officially concluded it's most recent training program in Atacama, Chile. Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet, US Ambassador to Chile,  Michael Hammer, Ministry of Energy Máximo Pacheco, Senator Isabel Allende, First Solar's Chief Commercial Officer, Joseph Kishkill, and many other representatives from the private and public sector attended First Solar's inauguration of what will become Latin America's largest PV plant to be build in Chile's Atacama Desert. 
An important aspect of First Solar's initiatives in ...
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SEI Alumni Highlight: Michael Mazotti - Peace Corps Volunteer

Posted on September 30, 2014
My name is Michael Mazotti and I am currently a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Perú. I took classes at SEI in 2011 and received an International and Developing World Applications Certificate through SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program. Working with renewable energy as side projects during my service has kept me excited and well active during my 2 years of service. I have been the leading solar power expert in Peace Corps Perú and have installed various systems, taught at workshops, and have been a major source of information for other volunteers and organizations.
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Breaks Ground in Accrediting Architects in Renewable Energy Technologies

Posted on September 15, 2014
Architects attending the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans from October 22-24, 2014 can learn more about how to receive continuing education credits through Solar Energy International (SEI). Inspired by their new course, Inspecting Solar Heating Systems in New York State, developed in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), SEI is extending continuing education credits (CEUs) not only to building code officials, but also to the designers and architects who are building the homes where renewable energy systems are ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Participates in 2017 NEC Meeting to Discuss Code Changes Effecting Solar PV Industry

Posted on September 15, 2014
2017 NEC in Full Swing...What?!?
Brian Mehalic
Solar Energy International

That's right, the deadline to submit proposals for the 2017 National Electrical Code is rapidly approaching. As of this writing, around a quarter of the states have adopted the 2014 NEC; the majority are still on 2011 - though that number is continually shrinking - along with a few lingerers stuck on 2008.

Regardless of what Code is enforced in your AHJ, the PV industry is heavily involved in making sure that refinements and additions in the next Code improve clarity, address new system ...
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SEI Welcomes Americorps VISTAs to Coordinate the Delta County Community Revitalization Through Solar Program

Posted on August 29, 2014
Hello, SEI virtual family! I'm Kristen O'Brien, the first of two Americorps VISTAs to be hired by SEI to coordinate the Delta County Community Revitalization Through Solar Program. This program aims to promote economic development within the county through the creation of a more robust solar market, and thus more local employment opportunities through solar.

SEI is headquartered in Delta County, Colorado--which is on the Western Slope of the state. Delta County has approximately 30,000 people currently residing here. Of those, approximately 12% are living below the poverty ...
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