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Solar In the Schools PV RC Racers

Posted on October 23, 2012
The Solar In the Schools K-12 outreach program is hitting the road with cutting-edge solar RC cars built and driven by students. Four teams of students will be working under supervision this winter to build high-performance PV-direct radio-control model cars. The project will require students to construct their own array and customize the mechanical and electrical systems of their 1/10 scale cars to maximize solar performance on the track.


The finished RC cars, which are not currently raced anywhere else in the world, will come together for a demonstration race in May ...
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SEI Veterans and Active Duty Military Program

Posted on October 19, 2012
Photo: Courtesy US Department of Defense

SEI Veterans and Active Duty Military Training Program
Solar Energy International (SEI) is pleased to announce a truly inspirational scholarship and outreach program for veterans and active duty military personnel.   SEI has experienced a dramatic increase in recent years of veterans who wish to attend SEI training and are looking for funding opportunities to take full advantage of all that SEI has to offer.  

As an organization, we believe in the opportunities that renewable energy can afford our country, ...
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November is Online Learning Month at SEI

Posted on October 11, 2012
November 2012 is Online Learning Month for Solar Energy International (SEI)! As we enter into the winter months here at SEI's Lab Facility in Colorado - the SEI Online Campus starts heating up! Online courses start November 5th and run through December 16th.  We are offering introductory level, advanced topics, battery-based systems, and business topics. Register today for the best online learning in the solar industry!

PVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) - Online  PVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) - OnlinePVOL203: ...
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SEI Wins Grant Award to Take Professional Certificate Program to Central America

Posted on September 14, 2012
Solar Energy International has been awarded $190,000 by the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas through the US Department of State to take their professional solar training to Central America.  This targeted program called the Solar Professionals Academy of the Americas (SPAA) is a spin-off of SEI's successful Solar Professionals Certificate Program that prepares technical professionals through rigorous solar training requirements and networking opportunities.  

SEI's world renowned photovoltaic curriculum has been translated into Spanish in support of their ...
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SEI Wins IREC Award for Certificate Program

Posted on September 13, 2012
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC),  awarded four Innovation Awards and six Special Recognition Awards at its 2012 Annual Meeting.  All selected through a competitive process.“Each year, IREC recognizes individuals and organizations for projects, programs and policies that are helping advance the understanding and use of renewable energy technologies in our cities, states and local communities,” said Ken Jurman, immediate past chair of IREC. “The 2012 Annual Innovation Awards acknowledge and shine a light on innovative initiatives that have made an impact in the ...
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The Solar Powered Woody Teardrop Camper

Posted on September 13, 2012
SEI's Director of Online and Student Services, Chris Turek, blogs about his summer project...  "Ever since I started working for Solar Energy International I was excited by the idea of having my own battery-based PV system attached to an RV or camper that I could take my family out into the Colorado wilderness and have a few days to a week of power.  My wife really isn't the "roughing it" type and really wanted running water, lights, and a TV if she was going to venture out into the "wild".   She also had some major concerns about the bears in the area and ...
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SEI's Student Services Team is the BEST!

Posted on September 13, 2012
SEI has the best technical solar training in the world, but there is a lot more that goes into serving thousands of students every year.   Everything from advising, taking registrations, to making students feel comfortable when they come to our in-person trainings.  SEI's Student Services Team is world class!

Chris Smith, SEI Student Services Team member blogs about her summer experience helping students during their visit to Paonia, Colorado.

I love my job in the summertime. That's when students come to our state- of-the-art lab facility in Paonia for hands-on ...
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Generating Business Momentum - Solar Power International Conference 2012 - Orlando, FL.

Posted on August 21, 2012
Whether you are a professional in the burgeoning solar industry or interested in starting a solar career the upcoming Solar Power International conference in Orlando, Florida September 10-13 is the place to be. SPI ‘12 is North America’s largest, most comprehensive solar power conference and exposition. The first of its kind in North America, SPI ‘12 is the premier business-to-business event designed to serve and advance the solar energy industry and related fields. Interact with more than 21,000 professionals representing 125+ countries.  Companies with a reputation to ...
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SEI's Summer Renewable Energy Book Sale

Posted on August 13, 2012
Announcing the Solar Energy International Book Sale! The prices of many of the books that we sell have been reduced by 25%! Check it out and order some books on renewable energy, solar electric, solar thermal, wind, micro-hydro, sustainable building and more at http://www.solarenergy.org/publications.
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SEI Solar PV Training Alumni Spotlight

Posted on August 13, 2012
Tom is a Solar Consultant and the Marketing Director for Pure Logic Clean Energy Systems, based out of Ft. Collins, CO and now serving the Caribbean from a second headquarters located on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After graduating from The Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado at Boulder, gaining sales & marketing experience in the Outdoor and Travel industries and solidifying his goals to help grow the renewable energy industry, he sought out advice from friends and mentors in the renewable energy industry, who he claims, "all directed me to SEI to ...
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