Last chance to earn 12 FREE NABCEP CEUs- Register for SEI’s Free Online Solar Installation Safety Training by August 15th!
For folks new to solar to those with years of experience, SEI’s Solar Installation Safety Training has been a huge success. Hundreds of our earliest enrollees have completed the free online safety course, with glowing reviews. Says one student, “it was well worth every minute to listen and participate in the interactive online program.” And good news is, we are open for more free enrollments until August 15th!
The course, offered to qualified individuals, was created in early 2018 after SEI was awarded an OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant. A common message among student evaluations was that the course is valuable to those of all experience levels. Says one industry newcomer, “this was a great introduction to material I will need in my new role as a solar site surveyor, assessing hazards for our installers. I feel much more equipped to protect their safety. Thanks SEI!”. Thank YOU! Another industry veteran writes “good course even if you have a good amount of experience. Some of the fatality examples reminded me to never get lazy or in a hurry and ignore safety”. Students also appreciated the course layout and content flow; says one installer “well organized, logical topic grouping – seems like all the most relevant/important safety topics for roof installations were covered”. We’re glad to hear it!
SEI Online Campus launches classes on August 20!
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 August 20 we will be offering:
SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) Receives Prestigious Honor of 2018 Solar Power World Top 500 Contractor
Solar Power World, the solar industry’s leading business-to-business publication, today announced the release of its 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) from Paonia, Colorado was named to this prestigious list for the first time ever.
SEIPS earned a high ranking of 38th out of the top 500 contractors in the U.S. solar industry. This ranking placed SEIPS 2nd within their home state of Colorado and 8th within the sub-category of Electrical Subcontractors.
Members of the SEI community team up with San Juan College for a service trip in the Himalayas
For two weeks this past June, several members of the SEI family together with volunteers from San Juan College participated in a solar project in the Himalayas. In a continuation of the late SEI instructor Mike Sullivan’s humanitarian work on the Tibetan Plateau and throughout the world, SEI instructor Chris Brooks and San Juan College professor and longtime friend of Mike, Chris Strouthopoulos led the group. The volunteers raised $8,270 dollars to install a new PV system for the Student Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) school. A huge thanks is owed to all those in solar community and friends who made this all possible!
Situated in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir, India, SECMOL marries traditional Ladakhi culture with STEM education, experiential learning, animal husbandry, permaculture, natural building and renewable energy. Across the region its message has carried, bringing tourists from Delhi and as far away as the states to spend time, learn, create and visit.
Spots still available for in-person solar training labs! Do you learn best by rolling up your sleeves and getting to work on actual solar systems? At our lab yard in Paonia, Colorado, we offer this experience for both grid-tied, battery-based systems, and O&M training in week-long labs instructed by industry experts. We still have spots available for in-person workshops in August and October. Check out our offerings for the summer and fall below:
SEI Alumni Video Highlight: Naille Girard shares his experience in PV201L: Solar Training- Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
5 strategies for improving your solar sales game
Are you looking for a job in solar sales, or simply trying to improve your everyday sales strategies? We asked Solar Energy International (SEI) Instructor and Curriculum Developer Will White to share some exclusive insight on the dos and don’ts of solar sales.
Know your client
Who are you selling to? Try to understand what their limitations are in going solar. Some potential limitations could be budget, space, or how much energy they wish to offset.
What is their motivation in going solar? Maybe they are in it for the environment, financial benefits, energy independence, or even a combination of all three. Knowing your clients limitations and motivations can help you best tailor a sales pitch to fit their needs.
Be an expert on your utility, state, incentive programs and parameters
It is imperative to know any limitations the utility might pose on photovoltaic (PV) systems or if there are any specific requirements in your local area that might impact the install (think building, zoning and permitting requirements). Additionally, how does the incentive program work for their utility, do they have net metering? Let your client know you aren’t just selling them solar, you’re also an expert resource on local policies and incentive programs.
Improve your solar resume in minutes with these tips from our Student Services Team
At Solar Energy International (SEI) we train around 3,000 students per season, many of them looking to break into the solar industry as a new career path. One question we get asked all the time is, how do I format my resume with past experience in a different industry in a way that appeals to solar employers? We sat down with the SEI Student Services Team to provide some quick tips you can use to improve your resume today.
Create a targeted resume objective: Formulating your objective is a crucial first step in writing your resume. It is often the first thing hiring committee members read. Be sure to make it clear and relevant to the position in which you are applying. A starting point to craft the perfect objective is asking yourself questions like: What are the specific reasons you want to work in the solar industry? What can you offer a potential employer? What transferable skills, if new to the industry, or current skill sets do you have? Often times hiring committees get hundreds of resumes and they do an initial scan of resumes. Be clear, concise and intentional with your objective.
SEI’s instructors met the President of Costa Rica during last week training in San José!
Amazing things happen when we travel around the world providing solar education. In this case CIEMI, our partner in Costa Rica, hosted an event that was attended by the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada. SEI’s instructors got to share SEI’s mission with him, and took a picture of the encounter. 100% of Costa Rica’s energy comes from renewable energy sources. SEI’ Spanish program, which offers world class solar education is collaborating with the continuous growth of the solar industry in the region.
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