The 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 in the Steeple Peak area of the Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming.
Mike was a living legend at SEI because of how fully he lived his 54 years of life. When he wasn’t teaching solar classes, he travelled around the world working on solar projects for people who did not have electricity. Or he was climbing and adventuring in some of the most remote and beautiful places on Earth and then sharing his amazing photos with us on social media.
When he introduced himself in classes, he said he was from “Tacoma, the truck not Washington.” We were excited when he opened a PO Box and got a storage unit in Paonia, SEI’s headquarters, because it meant we were his homebase. He was an engineer by training, and even worked for a few years behind the desk before he found solar and his life’s passion. Meticulous and singular in his focus, it didn’t surprise us when we recently learned that he had read the entire dictionary by the time he was 5 years old.
There are so many stories flowing in from instructors and other solar friends. From stripping down to his underwear to cross a river in Bolivia while carrying PV equipment, from strapping a hot water heater to his back and skiing up a steep, steep mountain to deliver it to an off-grid cabin of a friend, to awakening each morning at 4am before teaching a class so that he could find a tree to climb or a hike. His motto was work 24/7—meaning 24 hours a week for 7 months a year.
Due to Poplar Demand and Full Sessions – We’ve Added Another PV201L: SOLAR TRAINING – SOLAR ELECTRIC LAB WEEK (GRID-DIRECT)
Join Us October 16th in Paonia, Colorado! Put the classroom theory into practice with the ultimate hands-on PV experience available! This five day lab class offers students the opportunity to work closely with experienced PV professionals. You will gain valuable insight and experience while installing and commissioning multiple PV systems consisting of modules, inverters, and racking components from a wide range of manufacturers that are all big players in the PV industry. A low student-to-instructor ratio and the world-class lab facility at SEI’s home base in Paonia, Colorado combine to make PV201L the perfect environment for your first hands-on PV experience.
Design Considerations for Efficient, Safe, and Profitable Large-Scale PV Systems
Technical Considerations for Realizing a Return on Your Investment at Solar Power International
Attending Solar Power International (SPI) is an exercise in prioritizing your goals. The sheer volume of potential activities presents a decision-making challenge for most attendees. SPI, for most companies, also represents a significant investment of time and resources. Sourcing and utilizing training to contribute to revenue generation must be top on the list of ways to realize a return on that capital. Fortunately for SPI attendees, training comes in a wide variety of topics and formats. The challenge is to identify the type of training you need to propel your business into greater success.
Large and Utility Scale Solar Considerations
If you are involved with large and utility scale solar projects or are looking to bring that level of expertise to your region of the world, then a top consideration at SPI should be the “Large-scale PV: Design Considerations and Case Studies” workshop.
This all-day session on Sunday, September 10, 2017 is presented by Solar Energy International (SEI) and will be taught by PV industry veterans, Kyra Holt and Rebekah Hren. Attendees receive eight NABCEP advanced educational hours toward the certification exam. Note, there is an additional fee to register.
For over 25 years, SEI has been a leader in preparing solar professionals for a clean energy economy. With 55,000 alumni whose ranks grow weekly, SEI has raised the standards of solar industry training, accreditation and implementation worldwide.
Join SEI and at the Solar Decathlon
in Denver for a FREE Career Fair
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. This year, in Denver, CO, the Solar Decathlon is also co-hosting a Solar & Related Industries Career Fair with the Solar Training Network. We invite you to come enjoy this FREE career networking event and meet some awesome companies that are hiring in your area.
When: The fair will take place from 12-3pm, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Where: The Solar Career Fair will be held at the 61st & Peña Station on RTD’s University of Colorado A line commuter rail in the “Education Tent.”
SEI is Offering Two In-person Classes in the United Arab Emirates – Oct. 29th and Nov. 5th
SEI is offering two in-person classes in the United Arab Emirates – October 29th and November 5th! These week-long courses take place at the RAK Research and Innovation Center, a one hour drive from Dubai. Registration is now open and spots are limited.
About SEI’s PV101 Course:
PV101 is your gateway to a career in the solar industry. It all starts with the fundamentals, and a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems. Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and groundmounts; and an introduction to safely and effectively commissioning grid-direct PV systems. This course focuses on grid-direct PV systems, the largest and fastest growing segment of the PV industry, but covers material critical to understanding all types of PV systems. These core concepts are expanded on in SEI’s upper level PV courses, which focus more specifically on particular system types, applications and design methodologies.
About SEI’s PV203 Course:
In PV203 the focus is on the fundamentals of battery-based PV systems. The applications and configurations are many, and their complexity far exceeds that of grid-direct PV systems. Components such as batteries, charge controllers, and battery-based inverters are covered in detail, along with safety and maintenance considerations unique to battery-based systems. Load analysis is critical to system design and will also be addressed along with other design criteria such as battery bank configuration and the electrical integration of the system.
Enroll Now for SEI’s Workshops at
SPI 2017 in Las Vegas – September 10-13
August 2017 SEI Solar Professionals
Certificate Program Graduates
Congratulations to our August 2017 SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program graduates! These students have taken at least 200 training hours from SEI!