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SEI Wins IREC Award for Certificate Program

Posted by: chris
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 categories of State and Local Government, K-12 Educational Programs, Community Renewables, and Clean Energy Workforce Development.”

Clean Energy Workforce Development: SEI’s Colorado Renewable Energy Professionals Academy (CREPA)
Lead Partner: Solar Energy International
Project Partners: Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association; Colorado Workforce Office – Rural Resort Region (Western Colorado)

In March of 2012, Solar Energy International (SEI) completed a successful state wide solar training and career readiness academy. In partnership with the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) and Colorado Workforce offices, SEI was selected by the Colorado Green Jobs Training Counsel to support SEI’s Colorado Renewable Energy Professionals Academy (CREPA). Seventeen unemployed/underemployed individuals completed the full rigorous training program and over 40 incumbent Colorado solar professionals took SEI’s training to expand their businesses or gain additional technical training. All program participants completed SEI online courses and hands-on labs tailored to their career goals. 100% of the students that attempted the NABCEP Entry Level Exam passed. These graduates were offered internships with COSEIA member employers to gain real-world experience with some of Colorado’s leading solar integration companies. Over 20 Colorado solar and renewable energy companies hosted program interns.

In 2012, Solar Energy International was able to expand this state based program and re-launched the program as the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program to serve the entire world.  To date, more than 80 people from all over the world have been accepted into this program.  

Click here for more information about Solar Energy International's - Solar Professionals Certificate Program.

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