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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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Hot off the press: Solar Energy International 's 2011 training catalog

Posted by: april on December 3, 2010
Solar Energy International's new 2011 training catalog has hit the streets as we begin to celebrate SEI's 20 years of renewable energy education and outreach in the new year. Browse our digital version to learn more about Solar Energy International. Click here to download SEI's 2011 hands-on workshop and online training catalog (4.3 Mb PDF)

For a list of our online courses and hands-on workshops we're offering in 2011, click here.

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Solar Energy International installs solar PV system on Paonia Town Hall

Posted by: april on November 18, 2010

By Kathy Swartz, Solar Energy International's Renewable Energy Education Program Director

Solar Energy International recently installed a 6.3kW PV system on Town Hall in Paonia, Colorado. A grant from the StEPP Foundation funded the hardware, Solar Energy International donated design and labor time, and Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) and the Town of Paonia gave their support to the project.  At 6.3kw, the system is the largest in the town of Paonia, and is visible from downtown. 

Lucien Pevec, a Town Council Trustee, wrote ...
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Solar training in New Jersey: Solar design and installation, sales, marketing, and the economics of solar

Posted by: april on November 9, 2010
Solar training in the Garden State

Solar Energy International believes that people learn by doing. For people wanting to change careers, PV installers or designers, and homeowners, SEI has a solar training workshop to suit your needs. This month, Solar Energy International offers three courses in solar training in Bordentown, NJ:

PV101 Solar Training: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct), Nov. 15-19, provides an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems. The goal of the course is to create a ...
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Free Webinar: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes

Posted by: april on November 3, 2010
Webinar: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes

The 2nd St. L.I.F.E. Project (Low Impact Future-proof Ecohouse) is a demonstration of compact, sustainable, affordable living on an infill lot in downtown Carbondale, Colorado. Through a widely collaborative design process involving local and national contributors, the project serves to educate the design community, building professionals and homeowners about approaches that maximize high performance, low cost, natural and low-embodied energy materials and techniques in a compact passive design reducing the ...
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