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SEI's Online Campus Gets New Features

Posted by: chris on April 30, 2014
SEI uses the Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) for our online learning software. The software is known as a learning management system (LMS) and is very popular within higher education around the world.  MOODLE is known as a tool for creating online learning opportunities that is both fun and engaging for the learner.  SEI uses MOODLE for our online courses and is proud to support the growing community of online training programs all over the world using this technology. Our online courses are also prerequisites to our popular and well-attended PV lab ...
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SEI's Solar Professionals Academy of the Americas (SPAA) Goes to D.C.

Posted by: chris on April 30, 2014
On April 16th, SEI visited the nation's capital to present on the successful collaboration strategies that were implemented through the Solar Professionals Academy of the Americas (SPAA). In 2013 SEI received funding from the U.S. State Department through a program called the Energy & Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). With this funding SEI set out to train 50 people, representing countries, communities, and organizations throughout Central America and Mexico to design, install and maintain solar PV systems in conjunction with business training and mentoring to equip the ...
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Ed Franklin - Passion for Solar Energy

Posted by: chris on March 26, 2014
What is your passion project? What is the project that gets you excited and makes your work worthwhile? For Ed Franklin, PV is his passion project.

Ed is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Education at the University of Arizona. He teaches courses in welding, machinery management, electrical wiring, irrigation, and turf management, and integrates his passion project, PV, into almost all of these topics. For Ed, PV is a vehicle to teach the basic concepts of math and science. Classroom theory, such as Ohm’s Law, is applied when students design and install PV systems at ...
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SEI Offers IAEI Inspector Trainings

Posted by: chris on March 26, 2014
IAEI Inspector Trainings
Last month, SEI trained close to 200 inspectors through the Solar Instructor Training Network, a program of the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative. This network, of which SEI is a regional provider, promotes and provides training and expertise in the installation of solar technologies. In addition to training and working with community colleges and universities that offer solar programs, the network also provides training to solar inspectors to ensure high-quality installations.

SEI Instructors Brian Mehalic, Rebekah Hren, Ryan Mayfield, and ...
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SEI Alumni Highlight: Rebecca Offensend - Strategy Director, SunSaluter

Posted by: chris on February 26, 2014
by Rebecca Offensend - Strategy Director, SunSaluter - SEI Alumna

At this time last year, I knew nothing about solar energy. But 9 months ago, I was brought on as the Strategy Director for SunSaluter, a social enterprise tackling solar energy efficiency and clean water. The SunSaluter product is a solar tracker designed for the developing world that uses the power of gravity and water to rotate solar panels and increase efficiency, helping users get more energy from their panels.

When I started my job, I was nervous that my lack of knowledge about solar energy would ...
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SEI Transfers Solar Rollers to Startup Nonprofit Energetics Education

Posted by: chris on February 26, 2014
The Solar Rollers program, in which high school teams design, build and race sophisticated solar-powered remote control cars, is transferring from Solar Energy International to Energetics Education, a startup non-profit based in Carbondale. The program is the only one of its kind in the US and was successfully trialed in 2013 with four teams from the Roaring Fork Valley. Solar Rollers recently won the Excellence in Secondary Education award from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.

SEI is using 2014 Solar Rollers funding to hire Energetics Education as a contractor to ...
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SEI PV351L Alumni Creates Solar Snow Blower

Posted by: chris on February 26, 2014
by Dean Iandoli - President at Quabbin Solar - SEI Alumni

First of all, the PV351L course in Nevada was very, very good.  Not only was it really informative, but it had a very good vibe to it and we credit your instructors with that. Thanks again to SEI for such a successful advanced course!

The Invention of the Solar Snow Blower

"Oh don't worry, it'll just slide off."  That's what I heard over and over again as I was building my first solar farm in Massachusetts.  I own two different 2MW solar generating facilities in central MA.  They are ...
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February Has Been the Month for Solar Conferences!

Posted by: chris on February 26, 2014
by Jess Finnigan, SEI Workshop Coordinator

February has been the month of conferences! Already this month, SEI has attended Solar Middle East and Solar Power Colorado conference (hosted by CO Solar Energies Industries Association), and will be attending the International Roofing Expo, and MiaGreen Expo and Conference at the end of the month. 

For the Workshop coordinator, that means checklists. I live for checklists!

Instructor flights and hotel rooms booked—checkPowerpoint slides formatted for notebooks and ordered—checkFlyers printed—checkNew business ...
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SEI's PV351L Solar Training in Vegas - Solar O&M Baby!

Posted by: chris on February 26, 2014
Solar Energy International took its popular lab class, Tools and Techniques for PV System Operations and Maintenance, on the road, and was graciously hosted by the Electrical JATC of Southern Nevada.  The weather was fantastic and the training facility top notch – perfect conditions for three days of theory and hands on with a variety of PV systems and tools.

Students ranged from SEI alumni taking their education to the next level, to system owners addressing their own O&M, to industry veterans getting a chance to round out and build upon their field experience.  Four ...
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SEI Team Member Travels to Uganda with We Care Solar

Posted by: chris on February 26, 2014
by Laura Walters, SEI PV Curriculum Developer

I just got back from a bit over two weeks in the southwest corner of Uganda working with We Care Solar, as a Solar Ambassador. We Care Solar partnered with Solar Energy International in fall of 2012 to train Solar Ambassadors from around the world to teach and install Solar Suitcase systems.  This trip was part of a Grand Challenge grant for Saving Lives at Birth. About 150 Solar Suitcases will be installed in about 100 clinics in four districts of southwest Uganda. This was my first international trip with We Care, and my first time ...
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