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Help SEI Celebrate Our 25th Year Anniversary
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Happy 25th!


SEI’s 25th Anniversary Party hosted by Solar Battle of the Bands in San Francisco this month was amazing!  Thank you to QuickMount PV and all the sponsors of the event!  If you didn’t make it to our party in San Francisco – we invite you to celebrate with us in other ways.  Take a coursebecome a member – or make a donation to support our non-profit mission!  If you envision a world powered by renewable energy, your support will help us get one step closer to making this vision a reality!

SEI Alumni Spotlight: Derek Mast – Commitment to Continuing Education

Derek Mast, a foreman for a large, multi-state solar company. Derek has been in the solar industry for a year and a half and before joining the solar industry, Derek was an electrician for six years. He is one of several dozen employees his company has sent to SEI for training. They put all new hires through SEI’s introductory class and some employees, through more advanced solar training. Derek joined SEI for PV 351L, a hands-on lab class covering tools and techniques for operation and maintenance of PV systems. The course is advanced training designed for solar professionals like Derek, who are already working in the PV industry who want to take their technical skills to the next level ­and gain hands-­on experience with a wide range of advanced analytical tools and meters.

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SEI Instructor Spotlight:
Laura Conchelos

LauraSEI Alum, Laura Conchelos, recently came back to Solar Energy International (SEI), this time as an instructor. Prior to Laura coming back to SEI to teach, she spent seven years doing seasonal construction work where gained some experience with solar electric systems while working on off-grid cabins in New Hampshire. Her experience is like the many others who come from a construction background, bringing the many transferable skills when they make their career transition or expansion into the solar industry.

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SEI’s Solar Training Classes and Labs for
Summer / Fall 2016 – Enroll Now!SEI Training Overview Video

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Due to the high volume of students seeking training from SEI this year, we have added more sessions to meet this demand.  If you plan on attending any of SEI’s solar training events this summer / fall – ENROLL NOW!  Class seats are going fast for our highly attended hands-on labs, classroom courses, and online courses. 

2016 Classroom Courses Schedule

August 2016
PV202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct)
August 15 – August 19 | Paonia, Colorado

PV203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based)
August 22 – August 26 | Paonia, Colorado

September 2016
PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)
September 19 – September 23 | Paonia, Colorado

PV202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct)
October 03 – October 07 | Paonia, Colorado

PV203:  PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based)
October 10 – October 14 | Paonia, Colorado

PV304: Advanced PV Stand-Alone System Design (Battery-Based)
October 24 – October 28 | Paonia, Colorado

PV303: Advanced PV Multimode and Microgrid Design (Battery-Based)
October 31 – November 04 | Paonia, Colorado

2016 Hands-on Labs Schedule

August 2016
PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
August 08 – August 12 | Paonia, Colorado

PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based)
August 29 – September 02 | Paonia, Colorado

September 2016
PV351L: PV Systems – Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
September 19 – September 23 | Paonia, Colorado

PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
September 26 – September 30 | Paonia, Colorado

October 2016
PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
October 10 – October 14 | Paonia, Colorado

PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based)
October 17 – October 21 | Paonia, Colorado

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Take our PV304: Advanced PV Stand-alone System Design (Battery-Based) for only $497 (Regularly $995)! Session starts Aug. 1st in Paonia, Colorado!

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Click on the graphic above for a quick video preview of the highly technical topics in this course that covers advanced PV stand-alone battery-based systems. Off-­grid was where PV got its start – with so many applications for stand­-alone power, and continual new developments and cost reductions in energy storage technology, this sector of the market is growing like never before. Detailed analysis of load considerations, charge controller sizing, and specifying stand-­alone inverters is followed by numerous design examples that address the wide ranging specifics of different off­-grid applications. Also covered is generator sizing and integration, maintenance for stand-­alone systems, water pumping, and a healthy dose of best practices that have been learned over the years. Advance your PV knowledge well beyond where the grid goes with PV304!

SEI Online Campus Sessions Start Monday, August 22nd – Enroll Today!
SEI Online Campus

SEI’s Online Campus is launching another round of industry leading technical training on Monday, August, 22nd!  Join our live instructors and students from all over the world by registering for any of the following online courses – click for more info: 

Solar Energy International (SEI) Receives Approval for Veterans Education Funding

SEI Solar Vets

Solar Energy International (SEI) is pleased to offer comprehensive Veterans Educational Funding and outreach programs for veterans and active duty military personnel. We proudly offer educational opportunities and benefits to military members, their families, and veterans who have honorably served.

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SEI is now authorized to offer eligible veterans the ability to use their education benefits towards our in-person classroom and hands-on lab training through SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP).

This education funding approval is part of SEI’s broader expansion of their Active Duty Military and Veterans Outreach Program.  As an organization, SEI believes in the opportunities that renewable energy can offer our country, such as energy independence and sustainable use of our country’s natural resources.  With that in mind, we also honor those who have served our country and who are choosing to follow up their military service with a new kind of service;  service in the renewable energy sector.

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Congratulations to SEI’s Summer 2016 Solar Professionals Certificate Program Graduates!

SPCP_logoCongratulations to the following students who have completed our most rigorous training program! 

  • Christopher Leinweber
  • Jessica Wagner
  • Serkan Acar 
  • Estle Bailey
  • Kyle Sova 
  • Kevin Sova 

The SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program is a selective admissions program to help ensure the success of our students and provide a quality workforce for the solar industry.  To determine a candidate’s likelihood of program completion, alignment of career goals, and overall good fit for this professional training program, we require a certificate program application to be completed by every student candidate.  This is required for any certificate path and acceptance into the overall program.  Multiple Certificates can be earned by adding courses to your original Certificate Path.

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