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Solar Energy International Boosts Contract Solar Training Services

Posted by: april on October 31, 2011

By Jeff Spies, Solar Energy International B2B Consultant

Solar Energy International, the oldest and largest solar training nonprofit organization in North America, is expanding its contract training services for solar distributors, manufacturers, and installation companies.

After 20 years of offering the highest quality solar training to contractors and green job seekers, Solar Energy International is boosting its offerings with new and customized training programs, hands-on workshops and instructor-led online training for designers, installers, ...
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Solar Energy International Expands On-Demand Online Continuing Education Series

Posted by: april on October 26, 2011
By Chris Turek, Director of Online and Educational Services

Many professions require periodic continuing education and training to stay certified or licensed. Solar Energy International's Continuing Education Series of courses serve solar and renewable energy professionals, electricians, roofers, inspectors, plumbers, architects, K-12 educators and more. Many of these courses are qualified for Continuing Education credits from NABCEP and other professional certification and state licensing authorities. These short duration courses are available for you ...
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SEI Hosts International Solar Training Experience of a Lifetime

Posted by: april on October 11, 2011
By Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate

Checklist for an Solar Energy International Rural Development Student:

• See biogas cookers in action.
• Start the day with a cup of organic solar-roasted coffee.
• Visit with and learn from the Solar Women of Totogalpa
- a solar cooperative.
• Eat lunch at the Women's Solar Restaurant.
• Work in a remote (only-accessible-by-boat) community on the Atlantic Coast.
• Make smoothies in a bicycle-powered blender.
• Witness the elation of people gaining ...
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SEI Alum Shares Career Path and Industry Success Through Quality Solar Training

Posted by: april on October 4, 2011

By Jeff Spies, President of SolarSpies and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Secretary

The failure rate among new solar installation companies seems to be rivaling that of restaurant startups, but it doesn't have to be that way. Quality solar training can change this trend, and one of the major lessons I have learned in my 20 years in sales, marketing, and technical training is the positive impact quality training can have on business success in the technical arena.

First, some history. Prior to entering the solar ...
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Go Big with Solar Training with Solar Energy International in Dallas

Posted by: april on September 28, 2011
Solar Energy International is pleased to offer four pre-conference solar trainings at Solar Power International in Dallas in October. We have an all-star line-up of trainings and presenters for both our one- and two-day trainings. Register here.

Sunday and Monday, Oct. 16-17, 2011 Commercial PV: NEC 2011 Code-Compliant Design, Operations, and Maintenance Tech Talk for the Non-Technical PV Professional Understanding Solar Business and Finance Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 ...
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Solar Energy International: The Solar Training Magic Continues

Posted by: april on September 21, 2011
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Training Director

In my previous solar training blog, I spoke about meeting this week's PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based) workshop participants and how the class feels like family.

I wrote about Steve who works at a leading PV installation company on the Front Range of Colorado. There's also Chris from Alaska who is working on remote telecommunications systems in Alaska. This is his fourth class with Solar Energy International and he's here so that he can apply what he's learning to his job.

Or there's David ...
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Solar Energy International: Where the Solar Training Magic Happens

Posted by: april on September 20, 2011
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Training Director

I mentioned in a previous solar training blog this summer that one of my favorite ways to start the training week is to go to introductions on the first day of class. This week's PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based) workshop, which started Sept. 19, was no exception.

The class feels like family. Walking in the room the first day, I immediately noticed familiar faces. On the break, there was a lot of catching up between students who took classes together or met in the online world this year.

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A Summer of Solar Training Through the Eyes of a Work-Trader, Part Two

Posted by: april on August 29, 2011
By Tasha Azizi, SEI Work-Trader

In my previous blog as a solar training work-trader for Solar Energy International, I mentioned that I first heard about SEI as I was researching for some social good my old utility scale solar company could partake in. I thought, "Well, we have lots of money ... Let's help people with it." I was slightly naïve about these efforts but as I was investigating, I came across SEI and the class Renewable Energy for the Developing World (REDW). I continuously went back to the SEI website and checked out what their classes were all about. I ...
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Solar Energy International Celebrates 20 Years of Renewable Energy Education with Style

Posted by: april on August 18, 2011
By April E. Clark, Marketing Communications Coordinator

What a weekend! Solar Energy International celebrated 20 years of renewable energy and solar training Aug. 12-14 here in sunny Colorado. The weekend welcomed SEI friends, colleagues, alumni, and board members who traveled from Washington D.C. to Washington state, and nearly everywhere in between. Fun was had by all and the renewable energy buzz remained strong throughout the weekend's events. 

The momentus weekend began with rafting through Glenwood Canyon in Glenwood Springs. Nearly 40 alumni, staff and board ...
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Solar Energy International Introduces Solar Training Curriculum Program

Posted by: april on August 2, 2011
Solar Energy International's Curriculum Licensing Program is a key way for training institutions to avoid reinventing the wheel when developing their own programs. Solar Energy International provides a professionally-developed, fully-packaged, solar training curriculum.

The Call for Quality Solar Energy Training Curriculum

"Hundreds of community colleges all over the U.S. are either considering or have started fledgling solar electric (photovoltaics) training programs. Until recently, Solar Energy International has been supporting community colleges with informal ...
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