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Solar Energy International (SEI) Alumni Highlight - Carrie Schaffner

Posted on March 27, 2013
Before I started working for the U.S. Antarctic Program in 2005, I had only the most basic understanding of renewable energy technologies, and virtually no first hand experience. McMurdo Station basks in 24 hours of daylight for just over four months of the year, the same months during which the population swells, and yet there was nary a PV panel in sight. Over the course of several seasons, I heard a lot of unsatisfactory explanations as to why this was the case, and this motivated me to learn more. I heard about SEI from several different people in the program who had taken courses in the ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Paves the Way for PV Technicians in the Americas

Posted on March 25, 2013
The Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Americas (APSA) is strongly underway. On January 15 SEI announced the application process open for this exciting Spanish PV training initiative for Central Americans and Mexicans. To date we have received 80 excellent applications from people all over the region. This high rate of interest in a little over a month’s time is very exciting for SEI to see. The application process closes on May 15, and we will be choosing 50 people by May 31.

We are expecting to see many more applications in the coming months. Due to demand for this ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Provides Solar Training for Electrical Inspectors

Posted on March 25, 2013
Solar Energy International (SEI) has completed its third round of Electrical Inspector trainings, with daylong sessions in Tucson, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and Kansas City, KS. As part of an ongoing Department of Energy Grant, SEI is working in conjunction with the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to provide training to hundreds of inspectors in jurisdictions across the Rocky Mountain Solar Training Program region. Attendees receive continuing education credit through the IAEI. The range of inspectors, building officials, city planners, and ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Celebrates Co-Founder Johnny Weiss and Creates Honorary Scholarship

Posted on March 25, 2013
During SEI’s Annual Instructor Training, we had a surprise party for our Co-Founder, Johnny Weiss. During this event we presented Johnny with “The Johnny Weiss Honorary Scholarship.” Because of Johnny's vision, SEI has trained over 25,000 people since 1991 and has had a significant impact on the renewable energy industry. This scholarship is for a person who demonstrates Johnny's commitment to making the world a better place through service.

Make a donation to the Johnny Weiss Honorary Scholarship >>

We also surprised Johnny with a book of stories and ...
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Solar Energy International's (SEI) Annual Instructor Training - We Are Ready - Are You?

Posted on March 25, 2013
In an extremely anticipated annual rite of passage, Solar Energy International’s pool of PV instructors – all highly decorated, widely respected, infinitely knowledgeable, and all-around super-fun and interesting folks – arrived at the home office in Paonia, Colorado for the 6th annual SEI Instructor Training.

Here at SEI we value the education and professional development of our instructors just as much as we value and promote rigorous technical training for our students. This annual professional development event is the cornerstone to ensuring SEI's cadre of instructors ...
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SEI's Co-Founder, Johnny Weiss, Receives COSEIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on February 27, 2013
Congratulations to Solar Energy International's (SEI) Co-Founder - Johnny Weiss for receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. 

Established in 1989, Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) is the award-winning nonprofit association leading Colorado's solar industry. Our mission is to expand solar markets and to generate jobs and prosperity for the people of Colorado. Together with hundreds of solar business members we work to advance solar policy, remove market barriers, highlight emerging trends, and ...
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SEI Endorses Solar Industry Certifications and Becomes UL PV Installer Testing Center

Posted on February 25, 2013
For more than 20 years, SEI's technical PV training has helped prepared thousands of people who have gone on to start careers and businesses in the solar industry. In the two decades of educational service to the renewable energy sector, SEI's student body now has significantly grown to include students from all the trades, including electrical, roofing, and the broader construction industry. This is the motivation for SEI's endorsement of the leading solar industry certifications.

Solar Energy International (SEI) is formally endorsing the leading certifications in the solar ...
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Transitioning from Off-Grid Living to an Apartment Dwelling

Posted on February 22, 2013
For over a decade I’ve owned an incredibly energy-efficient, passive and active solar, off-grid house, way out in the boonies. But I don’t currently live there; instead I’m renting an apartment in an urban area to be closer to work (and to have a reliable high- speed internet connection). This change has caused me to reflect on the difficulty of going solar – or even increasing energy efficiency – when you live in a condo or rent an apartment.

It’s something I have been asked about frequently in the past, especially five years ago right after my book “The Carbon-Free ...
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SEI Alumni and Team Members from Around the World Become Solar Ambassadors

Posted on February 14, 2013
By Laura Walters, SEI PV Curriculum Team

In the beginning of October, I hopped on a plane and flew to California to take part in the first-ever Solar Ambassadors Training with We Care Solar. Fourteen woman from around the World and were chosen to take part in this training – fourteen strangers who were about to form a special bond.

Who is We Care Solar and what was the Solar Ambassador program all about? If you are part of SEI’s network, you may remember the name We Care Solar from when SEI partnered with them in the past to build their signature Solar Suitcases ...
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SEI Responds to COSEIA's Million Solar Roofs Campaign with Colorado Training Expansion

Posted on February 7, 2013
In response to the Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association's (COSEIA) recent release of their Million Solar Roofs campaign, Solar Energy International (SEI) has expanded the amount of Colorado based training opportunities for 2013.

Christopher Turek, Director of Online and Student Services for SEI said, "The increase of residential solar installations across the state is going to increase the need for a highly trained workforce here in the state of Colorado. SEI stands ready to be the preferred training provider for the thousands of solar professionals it will ...
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