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SEI Curriculum Development team updates PV203 Battery-Based Fundamentals course to reflect fast-growing energy storage market

As the solar market continues to thrive both in the U.S. and on a global scale, the spotlight has increasingly been on energy storage. Whether it’s the attention from Tesla’s promise to build the world’s largest lithium ion battery in Southern Australia that made industry and mainstream news headlines alike, or the recent conversation on […]

By |November 14th, 2017|Categories: Battery-Based, eNewsletter, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on SEI Curriculum Development team updates PV203 Battery-Based Fundamentals course to reflect fast-growing energy storage market

Help support a solar-powered radio station in Tanzania

In 1997, Lukas Kariongi was an eager young Maasai from East Africa who traveled to Solar Energy International (SEI) for solar energy training. At SEI, he began his life-changing training to be a solar technician as a tuition-funded scholarship student.

When Lukas first began his SEI journey back when the campus was based in Carbondale, Colorado, […]

By |November 13th, 2017|Categories: Alumni, Charitable Programs, Developing World, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on Help support a solar-powered radio station in Tanzania

NABCEP now available worldwide!

Attention international alumni! SEI is excited to announce that NABCEP certification just got more accessible. On October 17, The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners announced that for the first time NABCEP’s Photovoltaic (PV) Associate exam will be administered outside of North America. According to a press release on NABCEP’s website, the international exam […]

By |October 30th, 2017|Categories: Alumni, eNewsletter, NABCEP Certification, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on NABCEP now available worldwide!

SEI’s solar energy training impacts projects around the world

Lessons learned at Solar Energy International (SEI) can be life-changing for students who take our solar energy training both online and in-person at our campus in Paonia, Colorado. In the case of SEI alum, Estevan Figueroa, the impact of SEI classes will spread across the world as he takes what he learned in PV301L: Solar […]

By |October 17th, 2017|Categories: Alumni, Battery-Based, Developing World, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on SEI’s solar energy training impacts projects around the world

Alumni Highlight: Students Terry and Bill Jackson prepare for an install in Sudan in Paonia lab classes

Students gleefully huddled around the lab yard’s steep roof mounted solar system smiling for photos as the Solar Energy International (SEI) banner whipped in the wind in the background. Cameras flashed as photos abound and the soft crunch of wood chips enveloped the lab yard as the class scattered, certificates-in-hand, to say their final goodbyes: […]

By |October 9th, 2017|Categories: Alumni, Developing World, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on Alumni Highlight: Students Terry and Bill Jackson prepare for an install in Sudan in Paonia lab classes

Solar in the news: SEI instructor weighs in on Elon Musk’s proposal to strengthen the grid in Puerto Rico through renewables and storage

Could solar and storage technology help rebuild Puerto Rico’s grid in the wake of Hurricane Maria? Billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk thinks so.

The renewable energy mogul tweeted on October 5, “The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done […]

By |October 9th, 2017|Categories: Battery-Based, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on Solar in the news: SEI instructor weighs in on Elon Musk’s proposal to strengthen the grid in Puerto Rico through renewables and storage

Solar Energy International (SEI) Curriculum Team Members Selected to Provide Input for the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC®)

Solar Energy International (SEI) is proud to announce our non-profit’s selection onto Code-Making Panel 4 of the National Electrical Code (NEC®), which covers Article 690 “Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems,” along with several other areas.

SEI is represented on Code-Making Panel 4 (CMP-4 / NEC-P04) by two of its Curriculum Developers and Instructors: Rebekah Hren as the […]

By |September 26th, 2017|Categories: eNewsletter, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on Solar Energy International (SEI) Curriculum Team Members Selected to Provide Input for the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC®)

SEI Participates in Solar Training and Workforce Development for Veterans Roundtable Discussion

Last month SEI was honored to be invited to Washington DC to participate in a roundtable on Veterans in the Solar Workforce.  This one-day meeting was sponsored by the Solar Foundation and was attended by key personnel from across the solar industry including training providers, hiring agencies, state and federal lawmakers, non-profit organizations, military representatives, […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: eNewsletter, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on SEI Participates in Solar Training and Workforce Development for Veterans Roundtable Discussion

SEI Family Mourns the Tragic Death of Instructor Mike Sullivan

We are deeply saddened and stunned by the unexpected death of SEI Instructor Mike Sullivan. Since 2009, Mike taught over 40 classes and over 1000 students through both online and in-person trainings. Mike died on Monday in a climbing accident on Steeple Peak area of the Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming.

Mike was a living […]

By |August 31st, 2017|Categories: Charitable Programs, eNewsletter, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on SEI Family Mourns the Tragic Death of Instructor Mike Sullivan

SEI Student Spotlight: Shannon Ware

Shannon Ware is a Senior Commercial PV Designer based in St. Louis, MO. This week she traveled to Solar Energy International (SEI) to take PV351L: Tools and Techniques for Operations and Maintenance Lab Week (Grid-Direct), an intensive, advanced training designed for solar professionals already working in the PV industry who want to take their technical […]

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: eNewsletter, Solar Training (Electric)|Comments Off on SEI Student Spotlight: Shannon Ware