RECENT NEWS FROM SEI

Solar Energy International (SEI) awarded grant from the Western Colorado Community Foundation for sustainability upgrades on campus

September 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Solar Energy International (SEI) awarded grant from the Western Colorado Community Foundation for sustainability upgrades on campus

The $5k prize will go toward a greener educational experience at SEI’s Paonia headquarters

Paonia, CO– Solar Energy International (SEI) was chosen as a recipient of Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF)’s 2019 Environment grant, and the $5,000 will be put toward “reduce, reuse and recycle” efforts in their Paonia-based industry-leading lab yard.

SEI is one of […]

SEI Alumni in the Field: Commercial PV Installer for Namaste Solar

August 28th, 2019|Comments Off on SEI Alumni in the Field: Commercial PV Installer for Namaste Solar

Ben Vandervliet first found out about Solar Energy International (SEI) classes from his brother who was a part of the SEI Solar Ready Vets program, and now he’s a full-time commercial PV installer with Namaste Solar based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. SEI can help launch your career in the solar industry, too! Ben shared […]

Native Americans Embrace the Sun

August 20th, 2019|Comments Off on Native Americans Embrace the Sun

A New Way to Honor the Old Ways
Pine Ridge, South Dakota (August 15, 2019) – Red Cloud Renewable (RCR) and Solar Energy International (SEI) are pleased to announce selection of the first class of Native Americans to receive a full scholarship as part of the professional level Tribal Train the Trainer (T4) Program for Solar […]

SEI Team Member, Bertram Peterson helped solar power a refugee camp in Greece

July 29th, 2019|Comments Off on SEI Team Member, Bertram Peterson helped solar power a refugee camp in Greece

Bertram Peterson, SEI Spanish Program Curriculum Translator and Developer, recently participated on an installation of 24 kw interconnected PV systems in a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.

“In order to improve the living conditions in the camp, I joined a team from TU Delft to found Energy for Refugees, an NGO that aims to provide energy […]

First cohort of 13 women graduated using SEI’s curriculum in Puerto Rico Model Forest

July 29th, 2019|Comments Off on First cohort of 13 women graduated using SEI’s curriculum in Puerto Rico Model Forest

On Saturday July 13th, Bosque Modelo graduated its first cohort of 13 women from 9 municipalities in the western highlands of Puerto Rico. The graduating women participated in (15) 6-hour weekly training sessions using Solar Energy International’s (FV101) Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) and (FV203) PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) spanish curriculum. In addition, the women […]

Fluke supports Solar Energy International (SEI) as industry sponsor through equipment donation

July 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Fluke supports Solar Energy International (SEI) as industry sponsor through equipment donation

Fluke’s generous donation will be featured in SEI’s industry-leading lab training facility in Paonia, Colorado
PAONIA, CO. –Solar Energy International (SEI) is excited to announce its collaboration with Fluke as a megawatt-level industry sponsor through SEI’s Industry Sponsorship Program. Fluke achieved megawatt sponsor status through a donation of professional electronic test tools and softwareto be featured […]

Alumni Highlight: Josh Rogers, from SEI student to Director of Solar Operations for Duke Energy Renewables

July 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Alumni Highlight: Josh Rogers, from SEI student to Director of Solar Operations for Duke Energy Renewables

At Solar Energy International (SEI) we love to share exciting news about what our alumni are up to as they move forward in their careers out in the field. Alumni Josh Rogers is the Director of Solar Operations for Duke Energy Renewables in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

According to Josh, he first learned about SEI a couple […]

Alumni Highlight: From SEI student to 165 MW of solar projects across Minnesota!

July 9th, 2019|Comments Off on Alumni Highlight: From SEI student to 165 MW of solar projects across Minnesota!

John Middendorf attended Solar Energy International in 2008.  After attending SEI, he worked for a small company called Apex out Saint Cloud, Minnesota.  At Apex, John worked on residential and small commercial systems.  In 2013, he started working for TruNorth Solar, where he built portfolios of up to 2.5 MW on rooftops and ground mounts.  […]

SEI spinoff program Solar Rollers inspires youth with solar

July 9th, 2019|Comments Off on SEI spinoff program Solar Rollers inspires youth with solar

A few years ago, SEI spun off Solar Rollers which was part of our Solar In the Schools program. Noah Davis started Solar Rollers, a PV-powered remote-controlled race car program for high schools, while working for SEI and went on to develop it into its own non-profit.  Solar Rollers is now in it’s 3rd year […]

Check out the solar-powered clipper trike making its way across the Western U.S.!

June 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Check out the solar-powered clipper trike making its way across the Western U.S.!

This month, Eric Goakes stopped by Solar Energy International (SEI)’s campus in Paonia, Colorado during is cross country journey in his solar-powered “Clipper Trike.” 

The Trike is quite impressive! It can go up to 20mph on highways and interstates, in addition to having regenerative breaking and cruise control. It has 270W of solar on the bike […]