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Happy Winter Solstice from SEI

Posted by: chris on December 18, 2013
Winter has officially arrived in Paonia, Colorado. Our solar PV training campus is covered with a thick, fluffy blanket of snow. Well except for our PV systems which have been faithfully kept clean so that production is not sacrificed!

We often get asked the question, "So what do you do in the winter? Does SEI just shut down?" December is our busiest planning month of the year. Our PV Team is in the planning process for 2014 NEC updates, additions to our online and in-person classes to improve the learning experience, and new courses to develop. Joe Villacci and Kris ...
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A Gift Earned

Posted by: matthew@solarenergy.org on November 18, 2013


The 2013 APSA training period has ended, and a new family has been formed. Saturday the final bus left the Earth University to send off the last of the APSA Alumni back to their home countries where they will begin or in some cases continue to carry the torch towards a renewable energy future for the Americas. On behalf of all the instructors who participated in APSA ’13 and everyone at SEI I would like to say that this past year has been a spectacular journey, one which could not have culminated any better than it has these past two weeks.

There are now 50 people ...
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The Sun Sets on October - What a Month of Solar PV Training!

Posted by: chris on October 31, 2013
Kathy Swartz, SEI Executive Director
(PS: I can’t help but share this group photo with SEI’s mascot—Huck the St. Bernard. He not only gets a lot of love from SEI students but enjoys cleaning up after potlucks)

October! Does anyone else feel that October just flew by?? October has been a wonderful (and very busy) month here at SEI.

We finished the last of our intensive, hands-on workshops at our training facility in Paonia, Colorado. This summer, we’ve had 18 workshops, people from over 30 countries and almost all 50 states. Another incredible summer, ...
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SEI Travels to Intersolar India

Posted by: chris on October 30, 2013
Recognized as the commerce capitol of India, Mumbai is to New York City as New Delhi is to Washington, D.C. Participants from across India, as well as the region, will join manufacturers, financiers, project developers, and construction firms from around the world for the four-day Intersolar India conference and exhibition, November 11-14th.  View SEI training session details >>

The PV market in India is red hot, across all sectors – utility-scale, commercial, and off-grid systems are all being installed at increasing rates, helping to make the utility grid more robust ...
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Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas Culmination Workshops

Posted by: matthew@solarenergy.org on October 25, 2013
 

 

Almost one year has passed since SEI began work on the Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas (APSA) program.

Under this program we have selected 50 people, representing countries, communities, and organizations throughout Central America and Mexico to be a part of an elite group of trainees learning how to design, install and maintain solar PV systems and to successfully launch and administer businesses in this critically important industry.Since we began the training component back in July, the 50 participants have completed two online ...
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Mark Carsten - SEI Alumni Highlight

Posted by: chris on September 30, 2013
The "Eco-Experience" was voted " Best Attraction" at the Minnesota State Fair this year. MRES, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society had solar electric and thermal exhibits. Other exhibits included wind power, electric vehicles, energy efficient lighting and appliances, green lifestyle and materials and personal and regional water management. 
As an MRES Volunteer, I spent 4 hours on different 5 days advocating for solar. People came wondering if solar was finally viable economically and technically? Many had a strong desire to live with solar power and had ...
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It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

Posted by: chris on September 30, 2013
Kathy Swartz, Executive DirectorAfter leaving SEI's potluck a little over a week ago for our PV201L, our grid-tied lab week, I took some time to reflect.  What a night!

Between 32 students, their spouses and family, the instructors, staff, a board member, and friends of SEI, there were over 50 people. You should have seen the spread of food that people brought--heaping plates of local goodness, a lot of meat, growlers from the Revolution Brewery. We watched the Harvest Moon rise over the mountains. A student played his guitar and Sandy from our business office sang.
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What's Your Solar Career Road Map?

Posted by: chris on September 30, 2013
Brian Mehalic - SEI Instructor and PV Curriculum Team

How did I get my start in the PV industry? It’s a question I answer in brief all the time when I teach classes – or meet new colleagues in the solar industry, or folks who want to get a start, or people who want to sell me an inverter or module or rack. So here’s the longer version.

I’m an English major. Yep, liberal arts to the core, though my father, bless his soul, surely would have loved for me to follow in his engineering (aeronautical, NASA) path. But I didn’t. I graduated, and did pretty ...
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Candidate Selection Underway for SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program

Posted by: chris on August 29, 2013
With the 2014 SEI training schedule soon to be released, many students are wanting to know what prerequisite online or classroom courses they should be taking now in order to be ready for in-person labs in the Fall of 2013 or the Spring of 2014.   

As we draw closer to the end of the summer and the end of the SEI Lab training season, we are getting more and more applicants for the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP).   This selective admissions program admits only the most qualified candidates for SEI's most rigorous training path.

Christopher ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Solar Training October 20-25 at Solar Power International '13

Posted by: chris on August 29, 2013
Join Solar Energy International in October 20-25 at Solar Power International 13 in Chicago, IL. SEI is excited for another powerful conference. Solar Power International is the solar industry’s most comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition. This year SEI will have a booth (#252) right across the PV Technical Training area. We hope to see SEI alumni and friends in October.

 If you are attending this year’s conference or giving it some thought, here are some of the ways SEI will be participating.

Exhibiting at booth #252 Providing FREE PV ...
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