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March Comes in Like a Lion for Solar Training in Rocklin, Calif.

Posted by: april on January 25, 2011
By April E. Clark, Marketing Communications Coordinator


This spring, Solar Energy International is offering three in-person solar training workshops in Rocklin, Calif., at SMA America's state-of-the-art training center. These workshops offer the rare opportunity to train with the industry's most experienced instructors within the environment of a top-notch solar industry training facility. 

The SMA training center has a photovoltaics (PV) simulator and an inverter laboratory, which features working Sunny Boy inverters as well as communication and monitoring ...
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Solar Energy International Launches Free Introduction to Renewable Energy Online Course

Posted by: april on January 19, 2011
By Chris Turek, Director of Online and Educational Services

One of the most exciting things about Solar Energy International is our ability to create training opportunities aligned with our nonprofit mission. Our new, free online Introduction to Renewable Energy course is just one example of our efforts as a nonprofit organization to help educate our fellow man on renewable energy technologies and sustainable building practices. This course allows us to create a free and accessible introductory solar training and renewable energy ...
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Online Training Provides Renewable Energy for the Developing World Education

Posted by: april on January 19, 2011
By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Solar Energy International's International Program Director

Renewable energy technologies can help solve many problems faced in the developing world, especially with education, health care, agriculture, and micro-enterprise. Implementing renewable energy projects and integrating those projects with applicable solar training in rural areas sustainably can make a huge difference in improving, and often saving, lives.

If you've always wanted to bring your skills and experience to these communities, our upcoming online course, "Renewable ...
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Solar Energy International saddened by news of solar advocate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Posted by: april on January 10, 2011
By Johnny Weiss
Solar Energy International Executive Director

The Solar Energy International staff is saddened by the news of Jan. 8's horrific tragedy in Tucson, Ariz. The mass shooting killed six, including Arizona chief federal judge John Roll, and injured 14, including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a spirited solar advocate and friend of Solar Energy International.

As part of Rep. Giffords' solar outreach, her office has organized free two-hour Solar Power 101s for the public about once a month since 2007. They are basic-level, two-hour sessions at ...
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Solar Energy International Leads Renewable Energy Tour to Cuba

Posted by: april on January 7, 2011
By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Solar Energy International's International Program Director

Two thousand six was "The Year of the Energy Revolution" in Cuba. Government Ministries and NGOs developed a nationwide plan focused on energy efficiency and independence. The entire electrical system was upgraded, efficient appliances were distributed among the citizenry, and cadres of young social workers went from house to house in every community teaching energy efficient methods of home maintenance. Cuba became the first country in the world to completely phase out incandescent ...
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Solar Training at CoSEIA's Annual Solar Conference

Posted by: april on January 6, 2011
On Feb. 11, Solar Energy International PV instructor Kris Sutton leads a one-day Photovoltaic System Installation Workshop - Intensive as part of CoSEIA's Annual Solar Conference, Colorado Solar Power taking place Feb. 9-11, 2011, in Loveland, Colo.

This session will focus on 2008 and 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, best practices, and safe working procedures for installing and troubleshooting PV systems. Grid interface considerations, disconnects, system labeling requirements, and series fusing will be covered.

Students will analyze and ...
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Solar Energy International welcomes 2011 with new online courses Jan. 10

Posted by: april on January 5, 2011
By Johnny Weiss
Solar Energy International Executive Director

As Solar Energy International welcomes 2011, we would like to send Happy New Year greetings to our alumni and supporters. 

In 2010, Solar Energy International enjoyed a banner year providing hands-on workshops and online courses in renewable energy training, surpassing the 16,000 alumni mark. We look forward to furthering our mission and serving more participants in 2011.

The new year offers an opportunity to celebrate Solar Energy International's ...
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SEI's new Solar Business and Technical Sales online course heads into 2011

Posted by: april on January 3, 2011
By Liz Merry
Solar Energy International Instructor

I may have never seen so much sharing and advanced learning taking place as was evidenced in the inaugural flight of the PV206: Solar Business and Technical Sales online course that ended in November 2010. The course format and varied teaching methods supported a great deal of student sharing and knowledge building. Any doubts I may have had about online learning were dispelled after seeing the education happening in PV206. I look forward to helping lead an even smoother version of the course in 2011.


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SEI's solar training in Tucson offers installation experience

Posted by: april on December 16, 2010
By Ed Eaton, Solar Energy International Instructor

Since 1994, Solar Energy International has offered hands-on workshops in Tucson, Arizona. We have hosted attendees from across the land, and from other countries as well, over the years. Traveling to Tucson in the winter months to attend a solar energy training workshop is not a hard pill to swallow. Each year, attendees enjoy the warm climate in a friendly, learned atmosphere while participating in an actual installation. Workshop attendees have installed more than 20 separate photovoltaic systems with each workshop, being its ...
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Free solar training webinar on battery safety and maintenance offers NABCEP continuing ed credit

Posted by: april on December 10, 2010


Join Solar Energy International and Trojan Battery Company for an interactive webinar at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) Wed. Dec. 15, on deep-cycle battery topology, safety and maintenance for battery-based photovoltaic systems.

Register for this free webinar here!

Solar Energy International and Trojan Battery have teamed up to offer this informational session on these topics, and present a brief introduction to SEI's new PV203 online course: Battery-Based PV Systems and Code Criteria. This course ...
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