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SEI Wins Grant Award to Take Professional Certificate Program to Central America

Posted by: chris
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 mission to offer the most technically rigorous training to Latin America and Spanish speaking populations.  This program's goal is to promote clean energy in Central America by applying standards based, safety focused, and technically sound solar training.  Additionally, this initiative strives to establish a community of highly trained solar professionals with a focus on entrepreneurial efforts through micro-enterprise. 

SEI's Interim Executive Director, Kathy Swartz, said, "In our 20 plus years of service, SEI has grown from a small grassroots educational organization to become the world's leading technical solar training provider.  During this time, many of our instructors, curriculum developers, and alumni have helped establish the technical standards here in the United States as found in the National Electrical Code and in leading certifications.  This experience and technical expertise is inherently part our  curriculum. It is exciting to take this level of quality solar training to the Central America."

The award is part of The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) and efforts to bring renewable energy to the developing world.  The ECPA is a regional partnership to jointly address these common challenges with our neighbors and help Latin American and Caribbean countries advance low emissions development by increasing usage of renewable and energy efficient technologies.  Renewable energy has shown great promise in increasing access to electricity throughout Latin America with positive impacts on climate change.

For more information about the SPAA program and award, please contact Chris Turek, Director of Online and Students Services, at 970-963-8855 or
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