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

Posted by: april on July 25, 2011
By Tasha Azizi, SEI Work-Trader

This summer, I recently completed two solar training classes with Solar Energy International (SEI). Although the classes about renewable energy for the developing world caught my attention at first, I always wanted to learn more hands-on, technical skills about solar.

This summer I made it happen.

I have worked at a utility-scale solarcompany, a green building and supply store, as well as a wind developer prior to my workshops with SEI. I am not an engineer or an electrician to say the least. My background is more on the ...
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Solar Training Workshop Offered with SolarSpies at Intersolar North America 2011

Posted by: april on June 24, 2011
Solar Energy International and Jeff Spies are offering solar training on July 12 at Intersolar North America 2011 in San Francisco. This powerful one-day training workshop helps contractors, solar business professionals, and green job seekers understand the fast paced solar PV market and learn the key steps to succeeding in an increasingly competitive field. 

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Solar Energy International instructor Jeff Spies shares his insights on the practices and programs used by successful solar contractors to outlast the competition and stay ...
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Free SEI Webinar Offers Concrete Alternatives for Ground-mounted Solar Array Installs

Posted by: april on June 13, 2011
Solar Energy International welcomes summer by continuing its free webinar series this month. On June 22, at 1 p.m. MDT, solar training experts SEI and foundation specialists Cantsink Manufacturing partner to present a free webinar on concrete alternatives for ground-mounted solar arrays.

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The hour-long webinar will discuss the need for solar professionals and contractors to learn to quickly install reliable ground-mounted foundations for solar applications using methods other than concrete.

Cantsink will cover such ...
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Solar Energy International: Not Just a Number

Posted by: april on June 10, 2011
By Kathy Swartz
Renewable Energy Education Program Team Leader

I love working at SEI. Plain and simple. I love my colleagues, this amazing little town of Paonia, Colorado, where our solar training PV Lab Facility is located, and of course, the people who attend our workshops.

Each Monday, I get chills as I listen to workshop participants in our hands-on trainings introduce themselves. They each have a story to tell about how they came to this point in their lives where they are taking the leap into the renewable energy world and about how they came to find Solar ...
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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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