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SEI Alumnus Shares Hands-on Solar Training Experience with Installation in Tucson

Posted by: april on May 27, 2011
By Paul Avallone
Solar Energy International Alumnus

This spring, I attended Solar Energy International's PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) hands-on solar training workshop with installation in Tucson, Arizona. The class discussion portion of the traning was held at a golf course clubhouse.

Our co-instructor Ed Eaton led us through the history of photovoltaics (PV) technology, reinforcing the learning we achieved in PV101 PREP with discussion and a slide presentation. The lecture, exercises and quizzes carried the class through solar site ...
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Solar Suitcase Project Brings Hands-on Training to Teen Mother’s Program

Posted by: april on May 13, 2011
By Soozie Lindbloom
Solar Energy International Solar Suitcase Instructor

This April, Solar Energy International worked once again with the Teen Parent Program at Yampah Mountain High School in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to build solar suitcases for health clinics in areas of the world with little-to-no access to electricity.

These solar suitcases are stand-alone photovoltaic systems that fit - you guessed it - in a suitcase. They are designed to provide reliable electricity for critical lighting and communication needs within the clinics.

The class was ...
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SEI Meets the Needs of Solar Professionals Through New Continuing Education Series

Posted by: april on May 12, 2011
By Chris Turek, Director of Online and Educational Services

In 20 years of service to the renewable energy and solar industries, Solar Energy International has seen the growth of professions in the green workforce and need for continuous learning and training opportunities.

With this in mind, Solar Energy International is launching a series of short solar training courses in multiple delivery models to serve the solar industry's continuing education need. The entire series will be offered through SEI's Online Campus and will be ...
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New System Performance Tool Boosts SEI's Hands-on Solar Training

Posted by: april on April 28, 2011
News from Solar Energy International's PV Lab Facility

By Jeff Tobe, PV Lab Manager & Instructor
ISPQ Certified Instructor  #01021
NABCEP Certified PV Installer  #031508-84
NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales # PVTS012911-90

Prior to Solar Energy International's first solar training lab of the 2011 Colorado season that kicked off April 25, the PV team had a fun week on the Paonia campus with the addition of an exciting new tool for technicians in the solar industry. SEI recently received a new tool for evaluating system performance, the PV Analyzer ...
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Cuba Delegation Inspires Solar Energy International Alumnus Paul Scheckel

Posted by: april on April 21, 2011
Solar Energy International alumnus Paul Scheckel, author of "The Home Energy Diet," recently shared his experience as a participant in SEI's CU100: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cuba delegation in his blog, Energy Insights by Paul Scheckel.



Energy Evolution Necessary for National Survival
By Paul Scheckel

Every once in a while, we have an experience that completely crumbles some long-standing preconceived notion, and this week I'm pleased to share my revelation with you. I've just returned from a week-long trip to Cuba ...
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Free SEI Solar Training Webinar Provides Shade Measurement Tips and More

Posted by: april on April 19, 2011
Solar Energy International and Solmetric - New Shade Measurement Tips and Techniques for the Solar Professional Webinar

On Wed., April 20, Solar Energy International hosts a free solar training webinar with Solmetric, maker of high-precision test and measurement tools. Whether you are an experienced solar professional, or just getting started, this webinar will help you with making shade measurements and interpreting the results. Topics include:



Fundamentals of sun pathsEffects of shading on energy production Introducing the SunEye 210 ...
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Solar Training at SEI's PV Lab Facility Features Quality, Code-compliant Flashing Products

Posted by: april on April 19, 2011
By Jeff Tobe, PV Lab Manager & Instructor
ISPQ Certified Instructor  #01021
NABCEP Certified PV Installer  #031508-84
NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales # PVTS012911-90

In preparation for a busy summer of installation-based solar training workshops at our PV lab Facility in Paonia, Colorado, we recently worked on installing flashings for an existing lab system that was recently re-roofed. The days of L-feet straight to the roof surface with copious amounts of sealing "goop" are long gone thanks to variety of quality, code-compliant flashing ...
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Solar Viewpoint: My Take on the Xcel Energy Solar Rewards Program Changes in Colorado

Posted by: april on April 19, 2011
By Zeke Yewdall, Solar Energy International Workshop Instructor The Public Utilities Commission in Colorado announced this week that Xcel Energy, CoSEIA (Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, representing small residential/commercial solar installers) and Solar Alliance (representing large commercial/central solar installers) and other parties, have worked out a plan to restart the Xcel Energy Solar Rewards program. Solar Rewards has been successful in Colorado areas served by Xcel, and that caused an earthquake in the Colorado solar industry in mid-February ...
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Leadership Training Teaches Kids About Solar Energy and a Sustainable Future

Posted by: april on April 18, 2011
By Noah Davis, Solar In The Schools Manager Teaching kids anything at all can be rewarding. But teaching kids how they can be part of a responsible, sustainable new energy society is gratifying beyond belief.

Solar In the Schools recently had the chance to work with the Alliance for Climate Education to bring leadership training to a group of high-school student leaders from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. 

See the rad video of our leadership training day.

The Alliance for Climate Education is a nationwide non-profit that ...
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Solar Training Prep for NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification

Posted by: april on April 18, 2011
By Chris Turek, Director of Online and Educational Services

If you are considering starting your own solar business or you have taken technical solar training through Solar Energy International's PV101 or PV202 courses, you may be ready to take the next professional step of preparing to sit for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification.

Register for PV206 Online Today >>

Training deadline to sit for NABCEP PV Technical Sales approaching

To qualify to sit for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales ...
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