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The Solar Powered Woody Teardrop Camper

Posted by: chris on September 13, 2012
SEI's Director of Online and Student Services, Chris Turek, blogs about his summer project...  "Ever since I started working for Solar Energy International I was excited by the idea of having my own battery-based PV system attached to an RV or camper that I could take my family out into the Colorado wilderness and have a few days to a week of power.  My wife really isn't the "roughing it" type and really wanted running water, lights, and a TV if she was going to venture out into the "wild".   She also had some major concerns about the bears in the area and ...
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SEI's Student Services Team is the BEST!

Posted by: chris on September 13, 2012
SEI has the best technical solar training in the world, but there is a lot more that goes into serving thousands of students every year.   Everything from advising, taking registrations, to making students feel comfortable when they come to our in-person trainings.  SEI's Student Services Team is world class!

Chris Smith, SEI Student Services Team member blogs about her summer experience helping students during their visit to Paonia, Colorado.

I love my job in the summertime. That's when students come to our state- of-the-art lab facility in Paonia for hands-on ...
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Generating Business Momentum - Solar Power International Conference 2012 - Orlando, FL.

Posted by: chris on August 21, 2012
Whether you are a professional in the burgeoning solar industry or interested in starting a solar career the upcoming Solar Power International conference in Orlando, Florida September 10-13 is the place to be. SPI ‘12 is North America’s largest, most comprehensive solar power conference and exposition. The first of its kind in North America, SPI ‘12 is the premier business-to-business event designed to serve and advance the solar energy industry and related fields. Interact with more than 21,000 professionals representing 125+ countries.  Companies with a reputation to ...
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SEI's Summer Renewable Energy Book Sale

Posted by: chris on August 13, 2012
Announcing the Solar Energy International Book Sale! The prices of many of the books that we sell have been reduced by 25%! Check it out and order some books on renewable energy, solar electric, solar thermal, wind, micro-hydro, sustainable building and more at http://www.solarenergy.org/publications.
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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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