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SEI Alumni Highlight: Scott Oman

Posted by: chris
July 31, 2014

Scott Oman’s fascination with renewable energy began during a childhood tour of Hoover Dam with his father and was further stoked by the concepts of conservation and environmental stewardship instilled in him as a Boy Scout.

After having worked in Earth Sciences research up until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005 Scott turned tragedy into opportunity and decided it was time to pursue his dream of working with renewables. 

Scott found Solar Energy International (SEI) and attended the PV Intro course in Austin, TX and later spent a month taking the Advanced PV, Successful Solar Business, Industry Week, and Wind workshops in Colorado.

“When looking for places to get my solar education SEI seemed a clear leader and is widely respected by professionals in the industry. It was an easy choice and I have never for a moment been disappointed in my choice”.

After returning back to New Orleans, Scott became active in the policy field by helping to craft the rules under which the newly passed Louisiana solar tax credit would be administered. Scott’s company, South Coast Solar, has grown to be an industry leader that performs work across the globe. He has never stopped learning.

In addition to running South Coast Solar with his partners, he has achieved NABCEP certifications for Technical Sales as well as PV and Solar Heating installation. His experience also contributed to the creation of QuickSolar, a subscription based feasibility design platform that streamlines the tedious work of creating solar proposals. “I remember sitting in class at SEI admiring the professionals who were returning to speak to us newbies and how inspirational that was to me. To be featured as an SEI alum is the most flattering acknowledgement I have received since I started out there!”


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