SEI recognized by Clinton Foundation for Solar Workforce Training in Latin America
On 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 in Renewable Energy commitment to action.
The Solar Jobs report is HERE – what it means for YOU!
The Solar Foundation just released their 10th annual National Solar Jobs Census. One important thing to take note of is that in the five-year period between 2014 and 2019, solar employment increased 44% — BUT 26% of all solar employers and 33% of solar installers/project developers said it was “very difficult” to hire qualified employees in 2019. While employment continues to climb, the need for a skilled workforce is in high demand. Make sure that your resume includes in-depth, technical training that can meet these demands and propel your solar career forward.
NEW WORKSHOP: Thermography and Drones in PV Applications
Join us for a half-day workshop to learn about the intersection of thermography and drones, tools that are rapidly trending in the PV industry. LEARN MORE
Middle East Solar Training
This March, SEI and local partner Shams Global Solutions (SGS), will be holding two solar training courses in Oman! Registration is open for PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (March 8-12) and PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (March 15-19). REGISTER
Get a taste of SEI’s online campus for FREE!
Our RE100 is a free course that covers the basics of renewable energy. This is a great introduction for those new to the field, looking to make a career change, or those who just want to learn more about energy from the sun, wind, and water, energy efficiency, and the basics of electricity. GET STARTED NOW
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 that helped energize areas most affected by hurricane Maria, becoming a part of the Public Awareness Committee of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, teaching the importance of renewable energy to kindergarteners, and starting his own solar company focused on serving those who need solar the most. READ MORE
Important Future Events
NABCEP 2020 CE Conference
SEI will be leading two workshops at the upcoming NABCEP CE Conference, happening March 16-19. Join us for ‘PV + ESS: Designing and Installing Residential Solar and Storage Systems’ and ‘Managing the PV System Life Cycle: O&M’. Both workshops are a part of the advanced-level content presented at the conference which is geared toward PV industry professionals. REGISTER NOW
Middle East Energy
Between March 3-5, in Dubai, SEI will be leading two FREE technical seminars: Solar Electric System Design Essentials and Tools and Testing Procedures for PV System Performance. You can sign up for a FREE visitor’s pass to attend the “world’s largest power conference,” which includes power professionals from over 130 countries and over 1300 exhibitors from around the globe. GET FREE PASS
Are you a Colorado resident?
This year, Coloradans will have a chance to donate from their state income tax refund to a local nonprofit they trust. Please consider partnering with us to further our mission of a world powered by renewable energy by donating any amount from your refund. To give, simply:
1. Determine how much you would prefer to donate to SEI.
2. On the ‘Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund’ line of your return, enter SOLAR ENERGY INTERNATIONAL and our registration number: 20053005175.
We would like to give special thanks to our engineering department staff. This mighty team is currently designing multiple utility scale solar projects totaling over 93 megawatts! Our project managers and design engineers closely track the needs of all stakeholders to ensure an efficiently executed high quality design.
We typically make multiple milestone deliveries of draft plan sets to our clients during the design process before delivering the final issued for construction (IFC) set. Not one of these plan sets leave our office without passing through our internal quality assurance review process! We offer electrical, civil, and structural engineering services along with complete design project management in a growing list of states. Be sure to contact us to see if we can help with your next project! VISIT NOW
New Additions to the SEI Team
Alejandro Mora PV Curriculum Developer
Alejandro is an SEI alumnus with almost 10 years of experience in installation and commissioning of telecom equipment. He studied Electronic Engineering at the Technological Institute of Costa Rica but eventually decided to change to a more environmentally conscious industry. In 2014, Alejandro completed a master’s degree in Renewable Energies where he first learned about solar energy. Soon after, he started pursuing SEI ́s Battery-Based Photovoltaic Systems Certificate, where he did a work-trade to help him complete the program. After finishing the certificate program, he joined the SEI PV Curriculum Development team. Alejandro is very interested in intentional and sustainable communities in rural areas, believing solar energy to be a big part of the development of these types of agroecological households and settlements. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outside with his family, cooking and sports in general.
Christie Cantrell Student Services Assistant
Christie is excited to have rejoined the SEI staff to provide a variety of shipping services from the Paonia headquarters, plus process Student Records of Completion and SPCP Certificates. Colorado has been her home for the past 40 years and she has just enjoyed installation of her 10.2kWp Grid-Tied PV system in 2018…long awaited and much appreciated!
Congratulations to our SPCP Graduates!
José Alejandro Mora Ramírez