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Issue 109 - May 2012  

Table of Contents
New Textbook Series
SEI's New ipad / ebook is Live
Upcoming Workshops
On-Demand Online Continuing Ed
Cutting Edge Technology
Training the Trainers in Haiti
The Challenges of BIPV
Work-Trade Opportunities
Larry Ledue Scholarship Fund
Join SEI at Intersolar
Featured Alum - Tom Durston

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Featured Workshop

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Renewable Energy for the Developing World
June 25 - 29 -- Carbondale, CO


Upcoming Hands-on Workshops

PV101: Solar Electric  Design & Installation (Grid-direct)
June 4 - 8 -- Paonia, CO

PV110: Solar Water Pumping
May 31 - June 1 -- Paonia, CO

PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-direct)
June 11 - 15 -- Paonia, CO

PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-based)
June 18 - 22 -- Paonia, CO

WP101: Wind Design & Installation
June 25 - 29 -- Paonia, CO

Upcoming International Workshops

Sustainable Community Development: Renewable Energy for Rural Villages
November 3 - 11 -- Nicaragua

Nicaragua Reunion
Nov. 12 - 17 -- Nicaragua


Upcoming Online Workshops

PVOL101: Solar Electric Design & Installation

May 21 - July 1

PVOL203: Battery Based Design
June 18 - July 29

PVOL202: Advanced PV System Design & the NEC (Grid-direct)
May 21 - July 1





Solar Energy International gives a huge “thank you” to our industry supporters who have supplied us with equipment for our labs:

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AEE Solar
aleo Solar
AMtec Solar
Apollo Solar
Blue Sky
Direct Power
  & Water
Midnite Solar
PV Powered
QuickMount PV
REC Solar
Sanyo Solar
Seaward Solar
Spot Brand
Surrette / Rolls
Trojan Battery
TE Connectivity
US Battery
Wiley Products Windstream
Zep Solar


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News from Solar Energy International
SEI's New Textbook Series - Special Pre-Order Offer
New PV book_CoverIn the coming month SEI will launch the first textbook in the new SEI Textbook Series: Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications.

In support of our 20,000+ alumni and the growing number of Solar Training programs throughout the US, SEI is offering discounted textbook pre-order pricing.

As a SEI alum or qualified solar training provider, you can reserve your copy now for just $99. (Normal list price is $129)

Click here
to pre-order your copy of SEI's
Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications

SEI's iPad / eBook is Live in the iTunes Bookstore - $19.99
ipad-SEIWe are excited to announce that our self published Introduction to Renewable Energy iPad / eBook is now available in the iTunes Bookstore for $19.99.  

Support SEI with your iPad today! If you don't own an iPad, you probably know 5 or more people who do with whom you can share this link.

Click here to visit the iTunes Bookstore to purchase SEI's Introduction to Renewable Energy iPad / eBook

Upcoming workshops
clinic_smAre you interested in bringing renewable energy technologies to marginalized communities throughout the world?  Or do you want to educate our youth on the importance of renewables?   SEI has some exciting workshops for you!

Join SEI in June for our Renewable Energy for the Developing World workshop, where we will build fuel efficient stoves, learn about biogas technology, and discover how PV systems can save lives around the world.

In July, come to Colorado for our expanded renewable energy teacher training workshop in Carbondale. We have combined the best features of our original Renewable Energy for Educators workshop, our Advanced Teacher Training and our Solar Suitcases Training to form an unstoppable 5-day super-workshop called Teaching Solar Energy to Kids.

SEI Expands On-Demand Online Continuing Education
PVlab SEI's Online Continuing Education (CE) Series offers training from industry's leading presenters covering highly technical to general informational topics.

$499 CE Training Package Plan
Just pick the sessions you want to take from our growing library of CE offerings. We offer everything from NEC updates to solar thermal troubleshooting and repair.  Click here for a list of CE offerings, and call SEI Student Services at 970-963-8855 to register.  Many more sessions will be made available throughout 2012 - stay tuned!

Click here to read more.

Cutting Edge Technology on Display at the PV Lab Facility
SEI’s students come to our lab classes not just to be trained by the best; they come to see the best products on the market - the latest and greatest. Likewise, SEI’s instructors, besides loving to teach, come to train at SEI's Paonia facility because of PV lab filled with the latest technology. SEI's instructors and students get to work with the newest products on the market.

Our lab facility contains a diverse line of products that give instructors and students a comprehensive learning experience. It wouldn’t have been possible to offer this professional PV lab facility without the support of our industry friends. Check out the list in this enewsletter of our industry supporters.  And visit SEI to see the products in use - or work with them yourself by registering for an SEI lab week, such as our newest workshop, PV351L: Tools and Techniques for Operation & Maintenance Lab Week offered in both August and October this year.

Click here to read more.


Training the Trainers in Haiti
Haiti-trainingSEI recently returned from Haiti working with the Solar Electric Light Fund at remote PV powered hospitals.  SEI's job was to “train the trainers”  – teaching SELF technicians to train onsite hospital staff including the Site Energy Managers and the onsite Operators and Maintainers of the solar PV systems.

Eight SELF technicians were chosen to attend the training and all learned how to teach to the various hospital staff. This six day “train the trainers” course was spent both in the classroom learning teaching pedagogy, reviewing the curriculum, practicing teaching in front of the class, and also going to two remote hospitals for the students to practice teaching with each other’s support.

Click here to read more about SEI and SELF's work in Haiti.


Work-trade Opportunities
Womens PVsm We are looking for a few good women and men to join us for our busy summer of programming. Our unique program allows students that sign up for a minimum of 8 weeks worth of workshops or online courses to then use their skills to work off their tuition in full. We have a variety of positions open that involve full, part-time and/or work-from-home situations.

Desired applicants need to be  self-motivated, willing to take initiative, require little supervision, and be comfortable working hard in non-traditional, fun, social, and serious work environments. Have you always wanted to spend the summer at SEI working and learning? Now is your chance! Apply today.

Larry LeDue Memorial Scholarship Fund
Larry_LedueSEI is sad to announce the passing of Larry LeDue, founder and owner of Sustainable Solutions, Inc., a company that offers energy system analysis and design, off-grid power installation, and turnkey solar energy systems throughout Park County, Colorado.  Larry's friends have set up a Larry LeDue Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Donations to the fund will allow people without the financial means to attend SEI trainings.  Our thanks and condolences go out to Larry's friends and family.

To donate to the Larry LeDue Memorial Scholarship Fund click here

Join SEI at Intersolar
In July, SEI hosts three industry-specific in-person trainings at the Intersolar North America conference that will expand the skills of renewable energy professionals. The conference takes place July 9-12 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Registration for the conference and training is now available. Early Bird prices are available until June 2, 2012.  Click here for more info.

Featured Alum - Tom Durston
Tom Durston is one of the first people to graduate from the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program, earning the Residential and Commercial PV certificate. He passed the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and is pursuing NABCEP PV Installer certification. Tom recently blogged about his experience and his new-found confidence on PV system installation. Read about his experience here.

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