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SEI PV351L Alumni Creates Solar Snow Blower

Posted on February 26, 2014
by Dean Iandoli - President at Quabbin Solar - SEI Alumni

First of all, the PV351L course in Nevada was very, very good.  Not only was it really informative, but it had a very good vibe to it and we credit your instructors with that. Thanks again to SEI for such a successful advanced course!

The Invention of the Solar Snow Blower

"Oh don't worry, it'll just slide off."  That's what I heard over and over again as I was building my first solar farm in Massachusetts.  I own two different 2MW solar generating facilities in central MA.  They are ...
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February Has Been the Month for Solar Conferences!

Posted on February 26, 2014
by Jess Finnigan, SEI Workshop Coordinator

February has been the month of conferences! Already this month, SEI has attended Solar Middle East and Solar Power Colorado conference (hosted by CO Solar Energies Industries Association), and will be attending the International Roofing Expo, and MiaGreen Expo and Conference at the end of the month. 

For the Workshop coordinator, that means checklists. I live for checklists!

Instructor flights and hotel rooms booked—checkPowerpoint slides formatted for notebooks and ordered—checkFlyers printed—checkNew business ...
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SEI's PV351L Solar Training in Vegas - Solar O&M Baby!

Posted on February 26, 2014
Solar Energy International took its popular lab class, Tools and Techniques for PV System Operations and Maintenance, on the road, and was graciously hosted by the Electrical JATC of Southern Nevada.  The weather was fantastic and the training facility top notch – perfect conditions for three days of theory and hands on with a variety of PV systems and tools.

Students ranged from SEI alumni taking their education to the next level, to system owners addressing their own O&M, to industry veterans getting a chance to round out and build upon their field experience.  Four ...
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SEI Team Member Travels to Uganda with We Care Solar

Posted on February 26, 2014
by Laura Walters, SEI PV Curriculum Developer

I just got back from a bit over two weeks in the southwest corner of Uganda working with We Care Solar, as a Solar Ambassador. We Care Solar partnered with Solar Energy International in fall of 2012 to train Solar Ambassadors from around the world to teach and install Solar Suitcase systems.  This trip was part of a Grand Challenge grant for Saving Lives at Birth. About 150 Solar Suitcases will be installed in about 100 clinics in four districts of southwest Uganda. This was my first international trip with We Care, and my first time ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Launches New Online Continuing Education Course - 2014 National Electrical Code® and PV Systems

Posted on February 7, 2014
Join SEI instructors and Code experts Rebekah Hren and Brian Mehalic for a fast-paced and fun three-hour long look at where the PV industry is heading in regards to PV system design and installation.

Course Description:  The National Electrical Code® drives industry-wide best practices as well as product development cycles of PV component manufacturers, so whether you’re an installer, designer, manufacturer, engineer, or building official, it’s critical to stay on top of the game.  

This webinar addresses significant changes in the 2014 Code that impact PV ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Developing World Online Course RDOL101 - Interview with Chris Brooks

Posted on February 7, 2014
We had a chance to catch up with Chris Brooks, RDOL101 Online Instructor for Solar Energy International (SEI), to talk with him about this fantastic course covering developing world and appropriate technology topics. More info about RDOL101: Appropriate Technology in the Developing World - next session starts April 1, 2014>>
Thank you Chris for spending some time with us to discuss this online course offered through SEI's Online Campus.

Chris Brooks: Thanks for having me. 

Who are the typical students who register for RDOL101?

Chris Brooks: ...
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My SEI Story - Jerrod Bley

Posted on January 30, 2014
By Jerrod Bley - SEI Alumnus

I attended my first SEI class in July of 2013. It was the PVOL 101 course and I was very, very pleased with what I experienced. Since then I have attended a week long course in Paonia and recently completed another online course. Within a half year I have attended and completed three courses in all. I must say they have all been outstanding!

What I learned through SEI is the caliber of intelligent instruction I have been looking for over the past few years. I have taken other, shorter courses in PV technologies and applications, but they ...
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SEI’s New Online CE Course - 2014 National Electrical Code® and PV Systems

Posted on January 30, 2014
It’s January, and that means the rollout of the new 53rd edition of the National Electrical Code® is in full swing. The simple fact of the matter is that in a rapidly growing industry like PV, best practices and products change quickly, and the new requirements and recommendations in the 2014 NEC® will drive them.  So whether you’re an installer, designer, manufacturer, engineer, or building official, it’s critical to stay ahead of the game.  

SEI is and will continue to work hard to address changes curriculum-wide, and on 
February 7th opens access to a three-hour ...
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Happy Winter Solstice from SEI

Posted on December 18, 2013
Winter has officially arrived in Paonia, Colorado. Our solar PV training campus is covered with a thick, fluffy blanket of snow. Well except for our PV systems which have been faithfully kept clean so that production is not sacrificed!

We often get asked the question, "So what do you do in the winter? Does SEI just shut down?" December is our busiest planning month of the year. Our PV Team is in the planning process for 2014 NEC updates, additions to our online and in-person classes to improve the learning experience, and new courses to develop. Joe Villacci and Kris ...
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The Sun Sets on October - What a Month of Solar PV Training!

Posted on October 31, 2013
Kathy Swartz, SEI Executive Director
(PS: I can’t help but share this group photo with SEI’s mascot—Huck the St. Bernard. He not only gets a lot of love from SEI students but enjoys cleaning up after potlucks)

October! Does anyone else feel that October just flew by?? October has been a wonderful (and very busy) month here at SEI.

We finished the last of our intensive, hands-on workshops at our training facility in Paonia, Colorado. This summer, we’ve had 18 workshops, people from over 30 countries and almost all 50 states. Another incredible summer, ...
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