It’s your last chance to get out to our campus before the season ends! Spots are still available for in-person solar training labs and classroom trainings. At our lab yard in Paonia, Colorado, we offer hands-on lab experience for grid-tied, battery-based systems, and O&M training in week-long trainings instructed by industry experts. We still have spots available for in-person workshops and classroom-based trainings in October. Check out our offerings for the fall below:
The newest addition on SEI’s campus: A Schletter Carport, thanks to Panasonic’s module donation!
All of SEI wants to express their gratitude for Panasonic’s donation of a pallet of 40 HIT modules, that are now installed at SEI’s Colorado based Training Facility on a Schletter carport. This system will continue to help offset SEI’s facility annual energy use, as well as be incorporated into our trainings. “The system will showcase two 5kW SMA inverters”, says Danny Bailey, SEI’s Lab Manager. We’re very excited about this new development on campus and we are so thankful to Yessica Castillo, The National Marketing Manager for Panasonic, And Jack O’Donohue, SEI instructor and Panasonic’s Sales and Business Manager for Central US region and Canada for making this possible! A huge THANK YOU from us all!
Come out and see it in person at SEI’s lab yard in Paonia, Colorado. Trainings for Fall 2018 are still open. Check out our online schedule for class opportunities.
SEI Online Campus launches classes on October 1!
SEI’s Online Campus is the best way to get started with your solar training or get the continuing education you need to stay on top of your solar game. We offer dozens of different session start dates and different classes all year long, ranging from entry level to highly advanced solar technology topics. Starting October 1 we will be offering:
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 the most important things to consider before growing your solar business.
Know your market
It is crucial to do your research before entering a new market. Here are some of the most important considerations:
What competition is out there?
How big is the potential client base?
Are there any utility, state, or local restrictions?
Here are some of the key take-aways from the report, based on reporting done by Solar Power World:
U.S. utilities interconnected 216.7 MW, 523.9 MWh of energy storage to the grid across a total of 2,588 systems in 2017. By the end of the year, cumulative deployed energy storage had reached 922.8 MW, 1,293.6 MWh across 5,167 systems nationwide.
In 2017, residential energy sotrage accounted for 13.3 MW, 29.3 MWh; while non-residential added 59 MW, 139.7 MWh; and utility supply reported 144.4 MW, 354.9 MWh.
SEI Alumni Inaugurate Solar Training Facility in Chile
Construction is well underway at the newest PV Training Center outside of Muscat, Oman! Coming in winter of 2018 SEI, with partners Shams Global Solutions, will offer PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week. Over the course of five days, participants work in small groups under the supervision of SEI’s instructors and industry professionals to install, commission, test the grid-tied PV systems at the training center. More information and to pre-register at http://shamsoman.com/registration/
The outdoor training center includes 9kW of solar PV on three different training systems with different components and racking systems to expose students to the varying types of PV systems they’ll encounter in the industry.
The training center is located at the GUtech Campus in Halban, Oman and is made possible through sponsorship from BP Oman’s Social Investment Program initiative.
Case Study: SEI Engineering Helps Retrofit Net-Zero-Energy IBEW Building in California!
In the spring of 2017 SEI Engineering provided full design services (structural and electrical engineering) on a 200 kW DC PV system on the rooftop of the local chapter 332 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in San Jose, California. The project was is intended to make the IBEW building net-zero, and was funded through the Energy Conservation and Performance Program (ECAP) by NECA.
The project consisted of sub arrays on both the roof and the reuse of an existing wall canopy along one side of the building. SEIE acted as the electrical and structural Engineer of Record and the project was built by Pacific Ridge Electric, a member of IBEW 332.
One unique aspect of the project is that a portion of the rooftop PV array was arranged to spell IBEW, which is visible from airplanes landing at San Francisco International Airport.
SEIE is proud to have worked with IBEW and all other partners on such a visible and important project.
Visit SEI at The Green Expo Mexico 2018 booth #436, from September, 4-6 in Mexico City! This is the industry’s most important event in Latin America, designed to present and promote new technology to face the issues arising from climate change, and focusing on a Circular Economy. Learn more: https://www.thegreenexpo.com.mx/2018/en/home/
SEI Professional Services – SEIPS will be attending the event with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) as part of a delegation of four Colorado companies. Visit our booth and learn more about SEIPS services and SEI Spanish Program upcoming trainings!
Join the largest gathering of solar installers, manufacturers, and energy storage professionals for four days of networking and thought leadership at SPI, September 24-27, in Anaheim, Ca. With more than 100 professional development opportunities including market insights, community solar, and customer acquisition topics and 700+ exhibiting companies, this is the only event you need to attend to grow your business in the U.S. market.
Field Applications of PV Operations and Maintenance; Monday, September 24, 8-4:30pm
Megawatt-Scale PV: Design Considerations and Case Studies; Monday, September 24, 8-4:30pm
Energy Storage: Technical Design for Markets Beyond Net-Metering; Thursday September 27, 9-1pm
Conozca el NEC 2014, última versión oficial en español; Thursday September 27, 9-1pm