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Solar Energy International Expands PV program to the Americas

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

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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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After Your SEI Solar Training in Paonia, Colorado - Explore Colorado's Wild Side

Posted by: chris on April 19, 2013
Blog by Tawnya Parker - SEI Training and Workshop Coordinator

Depending on the time of year you come to Paonia for a lab week you may have the opportunity to partake in a wide range of events or activities, from weekly free concerts in the Park, to touring numerous local wineries, and fishing in trout-filled waters. U-pick at the organic fruit orchards (apricots, cherries, peaches, pears or apples) is popular, and our friends at Delicious Orchards will lend you a basket to go out and pick or pour you a glass of local wine in their tasting room ...
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Must Reads for the Renewable Energy Insider

Posted by: chris on April 19, 2013
Blog by By Phil Friedman - SEI Online Course Manager 

Have you read a good book lately?  I might be biased, but SEI's new Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications is currently at the top of my list of must reads.  As online course manager and occasional online instructor for SEI, I often review and interact in the course forum conversations. Often, I notice there are comments from students and instructors about books and articles they are reading. It is great fun and interesting to see what others are reading and what people recommend. Every so ...
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Help Make SEI's Solar Rollers for High School Students a Reality

Posted by: chris on April 19, 2013
Afer 11 years of running the Solar In the Schools K-12 outreach program, we know that it takes something extraordinary to hold the attention of today’s teens, who long ago mastered cell phones but have yet to get their hands on a driver’s license. So how do we reach adolescents with vital energy efficiency lessons and hands-on renewable energy learning? Solar In the Schools may have found the answer with solar-powered radio-controlled cars - Solar Rollers.

 



 

These electromechanical contraptions are fun to build and a blast to drive, ...
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