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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
Colorado's Longest Running Professional Solar PV Training Program Travels to Boulder, Colorado for PV101 Workshop - April 22nd
Posted on February 6, 2013
For over 20 years, Solar Energy International (SEI), the renewable energy industry's gold standard for professional technical solar training and curriculum development for a clean energy workforce, has been quietly turning out thousands of alumni and graduates right in the backyard of Colorado in the small mountain towns of Carbondale and Paonia.
On April 22nd, SEI will be offering a week long training, PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) in Boulder, Colorado. This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily ...Read More »
Solar Energy International (SEI) Refocuses Efforts on Clean Energy Workforce Development in Tucson, Arizona - March 4th
Posted on February 6, 2013
For many years, Solar Energy International (SEI) has been offering technical solar training for Tucson, Arizona residents and surrounding areas. Dozens of area renewable energy technicians and people working in the solar industry have gone through SEI's training program and are now some of the leading small business owners and leaders in the solar industry. On March 4th, SEI will be offering a week long training titled PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct).
Christopher Turek, Director of Online and Student Services for SEI pointed out, " SEI ...Read More »
Solar Energy International's Colorado Winter Wonderland
Posted on January 17, 2013
Winter is in full swing in Colorado at our PV lab facility and office. There is a deep layer of snow coating lab roof tops and modules. One of the great things about Colorado in the winter is once the sun comes out everything turns into magic, with the flat surface of every snow flake catching the sun, turning our lab facility into a winter wonderland of glittering diamonds. Staff has been busy keeping the arrays clear of snow for some fantastic cold weather energy output, as well as preparing for the upcoming summer labs.
Upgrades to the labs start with our PV 351L ...Read More »
SEI Announces Spring 2013 Tradeshow / Conference Training Schedule
Posted on January 3, 2013
We are just a few short weeks away from what can be considered the beginning of conference and trade show season. SEI is looking forward to another abundant year in this realm participating on many levels at some of the most recognized renewable energy conferences and tradeshows the industry has to offer.
Beginning in February, SEI will be busy participating in three conferences from the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains. We are excited to be participating on different levels from exhibiting, to sponsorship, to providing technical PV trainings. The following is a list of ...Read More »
Make a Difference: Attend PV America East, Philadelphia, PA - February 5-7, 2013
Posted on December 20, 2012
I have been thinking a lot about ambition lately. Ambition specifically in regards to our world’s energy future, and climate and social justice. We live in such an exciting moment of discovery and innovation, where we get to be designers of our collective future. UN climate negotiations wrapped up recently in Doha, Qatar, where the world came together on a climate deal for our future. NGOs, civil society, and renewable energy industries continue to put forth ambitious statements and agendas for a resilient energy future. Being part of the renewable energy industry is an exciting opportunity ...Read More »
SEI to Bring Spanish PV Program to 50 Central American Solar Technicians in 2013
Posted on December 20, 2012
If you read the news back in September, you saw that the US Department of State awarded Solar Energy International (SEI) $190,000 to be a part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). At the April 2009 Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, leaders of the Western Hemisphere underscored the fact that energy and climate change are among the most important issues confronting our future and reaffirmed their commitment to work together towards a clean energy future.
Responding to these shared challenges, U.S. President Obama invited all ...Read More »