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SEI Solar PV Training Alumni Spotlight

Posted by: chris on August 13, 2012
Tom is a Solar Consultant and the Marketing Director for Pure Logic Clean Energy Systems, based out of Ft. Collins, CO and now serving the Caribbean from a second headquarters located on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After graduating from The Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado at Boulder, gaining sales & marketing experience in the Outdoor and Travel industries and solidifying his goals to help grow the renewable energy industry, he sought out advice from friends and mentors in the renewable energy industry, who he claims, "all directed me to SEI to ...
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Paonia, Colorado - The Perfect Solar Training Vacation - or a Train-cation?

Posted by: on August 9, 2012
Hands-on training is in full swing for 2012 and energy levels are high at Solar Energy International’s state-of-the-art Lab Facility in Paonia, Colorado. Paonia is located on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains along the North Fork of the Gunnison River and the skyline is dominated by 11,395 foot tall Mt. Lamborn.

The beautiful snow capped mountains are transforming into rivers teaming with fish during the warm days, and the soothing sound of crickets and coyote calls claim the cool nights.   A growing number of our students are turning their solar training experience with ...
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Solar ABCs for Solar PV Installers

Posted by: on July 23, 2012
I readily admit I’m a code geek, there’s really no use arguing the point that I’m happiest when discussing minutaie of the National Electrical Code as it relates to photovoltaic systems. So it follows that one of my favorite organizations is the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards. There is such a wealth of free information on the www.solarabcs.org web site that I’m surprised when PV system designers and installers don’t yet know about it. I have no affiliation with Solar ABCs,  but I’m a big supporter of their mission, which is to create a collaborative group working to ...
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SEI Pulls in a Full House for Solar Photovoltaic Training at Intersolar Conference

Posted by: chris on July 23, 2012
It's a busy time of the year for solar trade shows, and Solar Energy International (SEI) had another successful one at Intersolar North America, taking in the sights (and sounds…and tastes!) of the fantastic, downtown San Francisco venue, promoting our new textbook (Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals is available for pre-order, shipping at the end of the month), reconnecting with industry friends and insiders, casting ballots at the Solar Battle of the Bands, and staying on top of the latest and greatest the PV industry had to offer. Instructors Rebekah Hren ...
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SEI's New Solar Training Textbook / eBook Bundle Released for Aug. 6th PV101 Online Course

Posted by: chris on July 12, 2012
Solar Energy International (SEI) has announced the release of their new textbook, Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications in conjunction with their August 6th online session, PVOL101 Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct). The general public will be able to purchase the new textbook through the SEI online bookstore as well.

This much anticipated textbook continues the long history of Solar Energy International's leadership role in curriculum and textbook development for the solar industry and electricians. For over 20 years SEI has been ...
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An SEI Alum Tells Her Story - Rhianna Bain

Posted by: laurie on June 22, 2012
Rhianna Bain recently filled us in on how she got involved in SEI's training:

After graduating college, I started a sales career quickly climbing the corporate ladder and enjoying all the benefits that came along with it. With all the opportunity in the world right in front of me, I just wasn’t happy. When I asked myself where I wanted to be in five years, all I knew is that it wasn’t in my current role.

 On a whim, I accepted a job 200 miles away for a real estate development firm. Although the real estate market crashed shortly thereafter, I was introduced to ...
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SEI Announces Advanced Solar Training Lab: PV351L

Posted by: chris on June 12, 2012
Solar Energy International has announced its most advanced solar training opportunity yet for solar professionals - PV351L: Tools and Techniques for PV System Operations and Maintenance. 

Exciting and complex new analytical tools for photovoltaic system operations and maintenance (O&M) allow fast access to information which previously had been very difficult to gather. Whether commissioning a system, locating intermittent ground faults, or looking for module failures, knowing the techniques to safely and effectively use these new tools requires hand-on training.

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PV Powered Trailer for White Earth Reservation

Posted by: laurie on June 12, 2012
SEI recently partnered with Honor The Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project to build a portable power trailer at the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota.  SEI has been working with these two organizations over the past several years to bring renewable energy training and project installation to various Native American communities around the US. 



This most recent project focused on constructing a stand-alone, solar powered trailer for the community to use at various events, gatherings and pow-wows throughout the local region.  The modest sized ...
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Solar Powered Health Care in Africa

Posted by: laurie on June 12, 2012
This week, SEI partnered with WE CARE Solar to build technical capacity in Sierra Leone and installed 11 new lighting systems in remote maternal health clinics.

SEI instructor Carol Weis once again teamed up with WE CARE Solar co-founder Dr. Laura Stachel to deliver a 7 day train-the-trainers course which included one day in the classroom and 6 days in the field. This train-the-trainers class resulted in six local technicians who are now able to install Solar Suitcases and can train the local health care workers in how the system works.

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Invite Your Solar Training Instructor Into Your Home

Posted by: laurie on June 12, 2012
Have you heard about Solar Energy International’s brand new online course PV203 PREP: Battery-based PV System Fundamentals? It launched on Monday June 11th and it is quickly becoming one of our most popular courses! It is an online course that is on-demand: you can sign up anytime at www.solarenergy.org and begin the course upon completing registration!

One of the most exciting aspects of this course are the videos featuring SEI’s premier instructors presenting our nationally recognized curriculum – now you can learn from our incredible instructors from the comfort of your ...
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