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Colorado Gives Day Will Help SEI Instigate Online Course Spanish Translation

Posted by: april
December 3, 2011

Solar Energy InternationalBy Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate 

Colorado Gives DayColorado Gives Day (Tuesday, Dec. 6) is just three days away. Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour period of online giving where every donation made to Solar Energy International at www.givingfirst.org/solarenergy gets a boost from the First Bank Incentive Fund. This is part three in a five-part blog series leading up to Colorado Gives Day. Each day we will highlight one of the 2012 SEI Outreach goals.

In 2012, Solar Energy International aims to perform a Spanish translation of our online course PVOL203: Solar Electric (Battery-based Design). This course is the natural next step for training potential PV installers in Latin America, as 30% of the rural population in Latin America does not have access to electricity, which makes a battery-based system essential. 

Once this online course is translated into Spanish, SEI will be able to offer a package training unit in Spanish that covers both grid-direct systems (which many cities and urban areas throughout Latin America are now adopting) and battery-based systems for technicians working in rural areas. 

The translated PV203 course will be offered three times a year. SEI expects to educate 180 Spanish-speaking PV installers through this course annually. Donations to SEI also fund the Walt Ratterman Scholarship program, which I blogged about yesterday. Scholarships will make this course (and others) more accessible to many Latin American installers seeking training.

Through Introducción a las energias renovablesgrant support, SEI was able to translate its free online RE100: Introduction to Renewable Energy course into Spanish. is an online course in Spanish for those who wish to learn the basics of renewable energy - including where it is found, how we can harvest it for use in our homes and how it can help ease pressures on the environment.

Your donation to SEI will help to translate PVOL203: Solar Electric (Battery-based Design) into Spanish. If you donate here on Dec. 6, your donation will get a boost from FirstBank ... Your donation, only bigger!


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