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SEI Announces Advanced Solar Training Lab: PV351L

Posted by: chris on June 12, 2012
Solar Energy International has announced its most advanced solar training opportunity yet for solar professionals - PV351L: Tools and Techniques for PV System Operations and Maintenance. 

Exciting and complex new analytical tools for photovoltaic system operations and maintenance (O&M) allow fast access to information which previously had been very difficult to gather. Whether commissioning a system, locating intermittent ground faults, or looking for module failures, knowing the techniques to safely and effectively use these new tools requires hand-on training.

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PV Powered Trailer for White Earth Reservation

Posted by: laurie on June 12, 2012
SEI recently partnered with Honor The Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project to build a portable power trailer at the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota.  SEI has been working with these two organizations over the past several years to bring renewable energy training and project installation to various Native American communities around the US. 



This most recent project focused on constructing a stand-alone, solar powered trailer for the community to use at various events, gatherings and pow-wows throughout the local region.  The modest sized ...
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Solar Powered Health Care in Africa

Posted by: laurie on June 12, 2012
This week, SEI partnered with WE CARE Solar to build technical capacity in Sierra Leone and installed 11 new lighting systems in remote maternal health clinics.

SEI instructor Carol Weis once again teamed up with WE CARE Solar co-founder Dr. Laura Stachel to deliver a 7 day train-the-trainers course which included one day in the classroom and 6 days in the field. This train-the-trainers class resulted in six local technicians who are now able to install Solar Suitcases and can train the local health care workers in how the system works.

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Invite Your Solar Training Instructor Into Your Home

Posted by: laurie on June 12, 2012
Have you heard about Solar Energy International’s brand new online course PV203 PREP: Battery-based PV System Fundamentals? It launched on Monday June 11th and it is quickly becoming one of our most popular courses! It is an online course that is on-demand: you can sign up anytime at www.solarenergy.org and begin the course upon completing registration!

One of the most exciting aspects of this course are the videos featuring SEI’s premier instructors presenting our nationally recognized curriculum – now you can learn from our incredible instructors from the comfort of your ...
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Larry LeDue Memorialized in Solar Energy International Scholarship

Posted by: april on May 30, 2012
By Tom Locke, Editor, Fairplay Plume

Editor's Note: This article was previously published in the Fairplay Plume and is being republished with permission from the editor. In May 2012, Solar Energy International established the Larry LeDue Memorial Scholarship Fund to memorialize Larry LeDue, founder and owner of Sustainable Solutions, Inc., a company that offers energy system analysis and design, off-grid power installation, and turn-key solar energy systems throughout Park County, Colorado. Donations to the fund will allow people without the financial means to ...
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Solar Energy International Offers Renewable Energy Training for International Development

Posted by: april on May 18, 2012


By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Solar Energy International's International Program Manager

CARBONDALE, Colorado - Join renowned renewable energy educator Solar Energy International in a week-long workshop June 25-29 that teaches renewable energy applications for developing countries at Third Street Center. 

In this hands-on workshop, RD101: Renewable Energy for the Developing World participants will learn to construct fuel-efficient cookstoves, build residential size bio-gas systems, and work with small-scale solar electric systems. Hands-on labs will ...
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Solar Energy International's iPad / eBook Now Available in iTunes

Posted by: april on May 16, 2012
By Christopher Turek, Solar Energy International Director of Online and Student Services

As part of Solar Energy International's Textbook Series, one of the first books to be released is an iPad / eBook that covers the basics and fundamentals of leading renewable energy applications and an overview of Solar Energy International's mission. It is now available in iTunes for $19.99.

Solar Energy International's "Introduction to Renewable Energy" eBook is for those who wish to learn the basics of renewable energy - including where it is ...
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SEI Executive Director Tresi Houpt Featured in NPR Fracking Story

Posted by: april on May 15, 2012
By April E. Clark, Solar Energy International Marketing Communications Coordinator

Today has been a monumental day for Solar Energy International. We published our first-ever iBook, "Introduction to Renewable Energy" available on iTunes by clicking here.

For more than a decade, Solar Energy International has been the leader in solar energy textbooks and continues to be committed to providing up-to-date materials and innovative instructional technologies. In the spirit of this commitment to renewable energy education, SEI is pleased to ...
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SEI and SELF Partner for Haiti Solar Training

Posted by: april on May 14, 2012
By Carol Weis, Solar Energy International PV Curriculum Developer and Program Coordinator

This spring, and in the fall of 2011, Solar Energy International (SEI) and Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) partnered for two solar training courses for SELF's Haitian technicians.

The first course was held in November 2011 and was designed to review installation techniques and maintenance of systems. The second course - which took place March 26-31, 2012, as a train-the-trainers course - taught SELF technicians to train onsite hospital staff including the Site Energy Managers ...
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SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program Grad Shares His Solar Training Experience

Posted by: april on May 14, 2012
By Tom Durston, SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program Graduate

One day early in 2011 I had a vision for getting trained and certified in solar energy design. After a little research, I enrolled in Solar Energy International's PV101 solar training course in Tucson, Arizona. It was a great total immersion introduction to solar energy.

Next, to get the depth needed to do real designs I took PVOL202, the online advanced grid-tied course. For me it was an ideal learning experience, delving into course material, taking notes, creating sizing worksheets, and talking at ...
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