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Solar Energy International (SEI) recognized by Clinton Foundation for Solar Workforce Training in Latin America

Puerto Rico, February 19, 2020 – Solar Energy International (SEI) was recognized as an exemplary commitment maker by Secretary Hillary Clinton during the Clinton Foundation CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery event in Puerto Rico. Matthew Harris, SEI’s Spanish Program Business Development Director, represented SEI’s partnership with Bosque Modelo on the Work-Based Training for Women […]

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From the Biopharmaceutical industry to teaching solar to kindergarteners – the path of an SEI alumnus

Saul Gonzalez Mendoza is an SEI alumnus from Puerto Rico. With no previous background in solar, Saul completed two SEI Certificate Programs (in both english and spanish) and is finishing his third one. He also earned his NABCEP associate credentials. Highlights of his solar journey include working on Footprint Project solar installations alongside of communities […]

By |February 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on From the Biopharmaceutical industry to teaching solar to kindergarteners – the path of an SEI alumnus

Kathy Swartz, SEI’s Executive Director, elected as new board member of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

PAONIA, CO. – Solar Energy International (SEI) is thrilled to announce that Kathy Swartz, SEI’s Executive Director, was recently elected as a board member of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Swartz is one of four other newly elected at-large SEIA members that will serve for a two-year tenure, helping SEIA create strategies that facilitate growing […]

By |January 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kathy Swartz, SEI’s Executive Director, elected as new board member of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Intersolar North America 2020 is coming – get FREE access to the Expo Hall before Dec. 31, 2019

Intersolar North America is the premier solar event that connects innovators and decision makers in the solar + energy storage industry. With a dynamic exhibition floor and robust conference program, Intersolar North America provides business-to-business professionals a platform to advance business, expand education, and drive networking. Happening February 4-6 in San Diego, California, immerse yourself in […]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Solar Training (Electric), Special Events, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Intersolar North America 2020 is coming – get FREE access to the Expo Hall before Dec. 31, 2019

SEI’s Solar In the Schools (SIS) outreach program hosts its sixth Solar Lab Days for Delta County 8th graders

This week SEI’s Solar In the Schools (SIS) outreach program hosted its sixth Solar Lab Days for Delta County 8th grade students. Due to weather 3 of the 4 middle schools were able to participate. Over two days 160 students spent the day at SEI’s campus rotating through hands-on energy labs which included lessons and activities […]

By |November 8th, 2019|Categories: Charitable Programs, Solar Forward, Solar Training (Electric), Uncategorized|Comments Off on SEI’s Solar In the Schools (SIS) outreach program hosts its sixth Solar Lab Days for Delta County 8th graders

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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.  […]

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

A letter of gratitude and warm wishes for the holiday season from SEI Executive Director Kathy Swartz

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Happy Solstice!

Winter has officially arrived in Colorado. While there are just a few patches of snow throughout our PV training campus in Paonia, the mountains are already deep in snow. There’s a cautious optimism that the snowpack will continue throughout the winter, which in spring and summer, provides water for drinking, irrigation […]

By |December 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on A letter of gratitude and warm wishes for the holiday season from SEI Executive Director Kathy Swartz

The one thing industry experts say you must do before growing your solar business

The solar industry is growing faster than ever. Maybe you own a solar business that has been booming, or you’re looking to expand into more local markets. We sat down with Will White, Solar Energy International (SEI) curriculum developer and instructor of PVOL206: Solar Training-Solar Business and Technical Sales, to get his expert insight on […]

By |July 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The one thing industry experts say you must do before growing your solar business