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Solar Energy International (SEI) Collaborates with Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE)

Posted by: chris on June 28, 2013
Learn why the roof is just as important as the PV system
So, what is RISE,™ ? Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE) Inc. is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and certifies solar energy installers for knowledge regarding critical roof system construction and maintenance practices necessary to support successful rooftop solar energy installations by administering the Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) credential. RISE is directed by a board of professional practitioners representing the solar and roofing industries.

What is a CSRP™? The Certified Solar ...
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Solar Energy International (SEI) Trains with the Oglala Lakota College

Posted by: chris on June 28, 2013
Jeff Tobe - SEI Native American Outreach Coordinator
Solar Energy International, in conjunction with Salt Lake Community College and Utah Solar Energy Association, teamed up with the Oglala Lakota College’s construction program for three days of training and installation of a mobile, off grid solar system.  Seventeen students and three of the college’s instructors participated in the course.

At the end of the training the students had installed a fully functional solar powered mobile power system on their construction trailer.  The system will be used to provide power at ...
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Sandia and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Conference on O&M for PV Systems

Posted by: chris on June 28, 2013
Rebekah Hren - SEI PV Curriculum Team Member
Until about 2007 or 2008, nearly every PV system installed in the United States was a residential or commercial system, and the prevailing theory was that PV systems without batteries (grid-direct) were practically maintenance-free – just “install it and forget about it”. However, once smaller systems started to age, and larger solar farms and utility-scale systems came online, it became clear pretty quickly that “maintenance-free” was neither an accurate representation of the life-cycle costs, nor the operational requirements, of ...
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Solar Energy International Expands PV program to the Americas

Posted by: matthew@solarenergy.org on June 8, 2013
 

 For a Spanish version click here

For many years, Solar Energy International (SEI) has been utilizing our Spanish PV curriculum throughout the Americas. Both the SEI PV Design & Installation Manual and Grid-tied PV curriculum are available in Spanish. Over the years, SEI has used these resources in hands-on workshops throughout the Americas as well as via the on-demand online course, FV101: Diseño E Instalación de Sistemas Eléctricos Solares.  With renewable energy education for end-users, technicians, and decision makers being the cornerstone of SEI's ...
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SEI Collaborates with UL to Offer Training and Certification for Licensed Electricians

Posted by: chris on May 30, 2013
Solar Energy International (SEI) has entered into an agreement with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) to offer the UL PV Installer Certification Exam for qualified electricians at SEI's Training and Certification Testing Center in Paonia, Colorado.

The UL PV Installer Certification Exam will be held immediately after SEI's PV202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) Workshop. Training starts August 12 -and the UL PV Installer Certification Exam will be offered beginning on August 16.

Kathy Swartz, SEI's Executive Director, said, "Our work with UL and ...
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SEI Celebrates Over 20 Years of MC Hammer Pants and Solar PV Curriculum Development

Posted by: chris on May 30, 2013
Grab your VIP pass –Here’s a Behind the Scenes Look at SEI’s Curriculum Development Process
Blog by Laura Walters - SEI PV Curriculum Team Member
Want a sneak peak into the major work that goes into keeping SEI’s solar electric curriculum the best in the country (and possibly the world)?!? Here is your chance to see where some of your tuition dollars go and why SEI classes are worth every cent.

Did you know that SEI’s solar electric design and installation curriculum has been evolving for over twenty years? Yeah, twenty – that goes back to the days of MC ...
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SEI Surpasses 30,000 Alumni and Students - Your Stories Are Our Stories!

Posted by: chris on May 30, 2013
“Your Stories are Our Stories…30,000 and Counting”
By Kathy Swartz, Executive Director

During our recent annual count of the number of alumni, we surpassed the 30,000th student who has taken training from Solar Energy International. As a visual reference, if you put everyone of our current and former students into Harvard's Football Stadium - it would fill to 100% capacity. (See photo above)

My favorite fortune cookie fortune of all time is… “Customer service is like taking a bath; you have to keep doing it.” We take customer service quite seriously—it ...
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SEI and Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA) Create Partnership for Professional Solar Training in the Middle East

Posted by: chris on May 30, 2013
Solar Energy International (SEI) is pleased to partner with the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA) to provide professional solar PV training to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and surrounding region.  This training partnership will leverage SEI's decades of technical training experience and expertise.   The goal of this partnership is to establish a highly trained solar professional workforce with a focus on safety and highly efficient PV system design and installation methods throughout the region.  

This hybrid training model between SEI and SASIA ...
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SEI Provides Native American Training at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center

Posted by: chris on May 20, 2013
SEI recently completed a 4-day training and installation class in collaboration with Lakota Solar Enterprise and Trees, Water & People.  This 4-day training, held in late March, was hosted at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, SD.  The Northern Cheyenne tribe sent a bright group of young leaders from their community to this training as part a larger effort to explore sustainable economic solutions to replace fossil fuel development on their lands.  

In addition to this aspect, the National Wildlife Federation, who has been integral in supporting the ...
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NREL Hosts SEI's Solar Rollers RC Car Race

Posted by: chris on May 20, 2013
SEI's Solar Rollers RC Car Race a High-speed Success

The green flag waved at 11:30 am to start the one-hour race, which is a long enough period to test the overall energy efficiency of each car and its renewable energy generation system. From the very start one thing was evident: these cars were fast. The circuit was about 50 meters in length and within a minute or so all four cars were turning laps of less than 9 seconds. The fastest lap of the day was 8 seconds flat.

While the teams had each done testing on smooth tennis courts and parking lots, it soon became ...
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