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PVOL101 Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) - Online
July 1 - August 11 - Online

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Upcoming Hands-on and Online Workshops

PV110: Solar Water Pumping
July 1 - July 2 - Paonia, CO.

PVOL206: Solar Business and Technical Sales - Online
July 1 - August 11 - Online

PVOL203 Solar Electric Design (Battery-Based) - Online
July 1 - August 11 - Online

PVOL101 Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) - Online
July 1 - August 11 - Online

PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
July 29 - August 2 - Paonia, CO.

PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Batter-based)
August 5 - August 9 - Paonia, CO.

PV202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct)
August 12 - August 16 - Paonia, CO.

PVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct)
August 19 -September 19 - Online

PVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)
August 19 -September 19 - Online

PV351L: PV Systems - Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week

August 19 - August 23 - Paonia, CO.

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Uncle Sam Solar - July

Join SEI at Intersolar 2013!intersolar

Intersolar North America will take place this year from July 8-11 in San Francisco, CA. Last year Intersolar welcomed close to 29,000 professionals from over 76 countries! We are pleased to announce that Solar Energy International (SEI) is once again partnering with Intersolar to offer technical, in-depth solar trainings throughout the conference. And come visit us at our Booth #9726!

NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam Committee Approves SEI's Textbook / eBook

SEI is pleased to announce that the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam Committee has chosen SEI's Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications Textbook / eBook Bundle as a Primary Reference!  Get yours today >>

New NABCEP Prep Training Offered
SEI is also now offering a PV Entry Level Exam Training Package
and a Test Preparation for NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam

Conference on O&M for PV Systems
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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 PV.

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SEI Expands PV program to the Americas

web banner one seal one flagMatt Harris - Director
Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Americas

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 mission, expanding our educational model  to serve Spanish speakers has opened up many bright and new opportunities.
For a Spanish version click here

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SEI's Solar in the Schools Visits
Sopris Elementary for Solar Fair


John Stroud - Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Earth benefits from many forms of energy, both renewable — such as solar, wind and hydropower — and nonrenewable sources such as coal and natural gas. But it all revolves around the sun and the energy it provides.

Just ask the students at Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs, who have spent a good part of the past school year learning about the basic concepts of energy through a pilot “Energy in the Classroom” program sponsored by Solar Energy International.

Read the Full Story at the Aspen Times >>

SEI Team Member's Summer DIY Project
Solar Powered Evaporative Cooler
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Here is a fun little summer project from Chris Turek, SEI's Director of Online Learning and Student Services. It is a Solar PV Direct - Solar Evaporative (Swamp) Cooler for his house. The fan pulls about 2500 cfm to cool the majority of his house and is 30 degrees cooler at the mouth of the ducting! Free solar cooling all summer long - no more energy hog AC window units!  More info...

SEI Trains with the Oglala Lakota College
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Jeff Tobe - SEI Native American Outreach Coordinator
Solar Energy International (SEI), 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.

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

John Schehl - Executive Director of RISE inc.
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 roof*ing industries.

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SPCPSPCPCongratulations to SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program Summer Graduates!

Nick Angelo Shamir Narsai
Jerry Atkinson Mauricio Ortuondo Doyharcabal
Michel Boisvert Elda Palma
Erin DeFeo Tim Petty
Robert Decker Lyle Pilon
Gary Edwards Stephen Raborn
Jaime Garza Bharath Rajagopalan
Damon Glastetter Ramesh Rathnam
John David Holtzclaw Lucas Rice
Stefan Hughes Stephen Rogers
Kim Jennings Gary Schmidt
Jeffrey Klatt Bob Slaughter
Jackie Knightshade David Smock
David Kotler Susan Stark
Louis Lortie Donald Tatro Jr.
Derrick MacAskill Lindsay Whitehead
Nova Martin Michael Wong
Azuriel Mayo Darin Mosley
Steve Moe Usman Muhammad

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