Happy Winter Solstice from SEI!
by Kathy Swartz, SEI Executive Director
Dec. 21st is Winter Solstice and the snow has officially arrived in Paonia, Colorado. Our solar PV training campus is covered with a thick, fluffy blanket of snow. Well except for our PV systems which have been faithfully kept clean so that production is not sacrificed!
We often get asked the question, "So what do you do in the winter? Does SEI just shut down?" December is our busiest planning month of the year. Our PV Team is in the planning process for 2014 NEC updates, additions to our online and in-person classes to improve the learning experience, and new courses to develop.
Joe Villacci and Kris Sutton are actively developing the improvements to the PV training campus. Our Student Services and Marketing teams are formulating our new website, and discussing how to continually improve the student experience. Jess Finnigan, our Workshop Coordinator, is actively planning our spring trainings and conferences.
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SEI's APSA Training - A Gift Earned
by Matt Harris, Program Director
Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas
The 2013 APSA training period has ended, and a new family has been formed. Saturday the final bus left the Earth University to send off the last of the APSA Alumni back to their home countries where they will begin or in some cases continue to carry the torch towards a renewable energy future for the Americas. On behalf of all the instructors who participated in APSA ’13 and everyone at SEI I would like to say that this past year has been a spectacular journey, one which could not have culminated any better than it has these past two weeks.
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SEI Travels to Las Vegas for Advanced Hands-on Lab PV351L
PV351L: PV Systems - Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
Course Description: Located at the Electrical JATC of Southern Nevada, The Matt Firmenich I.B.E.W. - Local Union #357 Training Facility, this intensive, advanced training is designed for solar professionals already working in the PV industry who want to take their skills to the next level. Students in this class will learn the theory behind and gain hands-on experience with a wide range of state-of-the-art analytical tools. The class will focus on PV system operations and maintenance, performance evaluation, and troubleshooting techniques using tools such as the IV Curve Tracer, Insulation Resistance Tester, Thermal Camera, Multimeter, and Clamp-On Meter.
More info about PV351L: PV Systems - Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week (Grid-Direct)...
2014 Solar Professionals Certificate Program Candidate Selection
The SEI Student Services Team is reviewing candidate applications for 2014 Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP) - Apply Today!
Applicants should apply as soon as possible in order for SEI Student Services advisors to be able to schedule a training advising session before the next round of prerequisite courses.
Celebrate Winter Solstice Dec. 21st by Joining SEI's Alumni and Friends Association
So how are you celebrating Winter Solstice on Dec. 21st? Why not support SEI's mission of renewable energy education for a more sustainable future by becoming an official member of SEI?
Tax deductible Individual Membership dues help SEI support our charitable outreach efforts to include:
* Veterans and Active Duty Scholarship Program
* Solar in the Schools Outreach Program
* Native American Outreach Program
* Women's Outreach Program
* …and all other scholarship funds
SEI Solar PV Training in Copiapó, Chile
On Friday December 6th 22 Chilean students from Copiapó, a city located in the Atacama desert in northern Chile, received records of completion from SEI after achieving 40 plus hours of PV101 training. The five day course started in December 2nd and finished on the 6th. The closing ceremony, held at the José Antonio Carvajal Technical School was widely attended by teachers, parents, general public, the mayor, council members, the regional secretary for mining and energy development and senator Isabel Allende, a staunch supporter of renewable energy in Chile.
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SEI Travels to Tucson, AZ. for PV101
PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)
More info about PV101 in Tucson, AZ...
Course Description: This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems. The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. The course will also cover the basics of sizing a residential grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and grounding
SEI Celebrates a Successful 2013
Bowling Party Photos
SEI Staff and Board Members made a strike with all of our accomplishments in 2013! What a great year working towards a world powered by Renewable Energy!
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Congratulations to the 2013 SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program Graduates
is pleased to honor the 105 SPCP graduates in 2013
. Thousands of students took SEI online courses, hands-on labs, and other in-person training in 2013, but this dedicated group of students finished a full rigorous training path in SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program:
Diego Javier Castillo
R. William Gross
John David Holtzclaw
Abdul Razak Kabadehz
J. Kent Keebaugh
Eduardo Montano Garcia
Mauricio Ortuondo Doyharcabal
Donald Tatro Jr.
Manuel da Silva