From Solar Energy International (SEI) student to site supervisor, we love to share success stories like those of Solar Training Alumni Andrew Niles, who began his solar journey at the Solar Ready Vets Cohort at Fort Carson, Colorado, where SEI was giving classes.
Andrew is currently a site supervisor at Strata Solar based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but got his start with an energy-related career path in the Army, where he was a Power Generation Equipment Technician and Repairer. “Because I already had that background to electricity generation using fossil fuels, I knew that the solar industry is the future and would build on my power generation knowledge,” he explained.
According to Andrew, “My experience was exceptional because not only was I building on my knowledge, the instructors made classes interesting and provided an excellent learning environment to learn about the solar industry.” Andrew progressed through many SEI courses including PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation, PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct), PV203 Prep and 301L: Battery-Based PV Systems Fundamentals, before successfully completing the entry-level NABCEP.
Moving forward, Andrew explained that the training he received at SEI gave him the skills and confidence needed to pursue a new career path in the solar industry. “SEI provided me with solar knowledge by starting at the basics. After completing the training and obtaining my NABCEP certificate, I felt confident in seeking a career in this field after retiring from the U.S. Army,” Andrew explained.