SEI's Women in Solar: Empowering the World through Renewable Energy Education
As a non-profit educational organization we focus on helping different populations of people get a jump start in the solar industry. Since our inception, we have had a special focus on providing women from all over the world opportunities to learn about renewable energy technologies through our training program. Many of SEI's leaders, instructors, and staff are women – all of whom are making an impact in the solar industry and moving our organization closer to realizing our vision of a world powered by renewable energy.
Eli Bowles has been in the renewable energy industry for over six years, but enrolled at Solar Energy International (SEI) to jump start his solar training! Eli is currently a Renewable Energy Instructor at the College of Southern Idaho with a background as a Wind Turbine Technician and training specialist. He brings years of practical and technical experience to his students but came to SEI to deepen his knowledge of solar as the growing industry is where many of his students will seek careers.
“Training at SEI is going to have a phenomenal impact on my classes. Our program is limited compared to SEI. We don’t have the ability to look and see and feel like you do at SEI. The labyard here is so immense and awesome, it is really expanding my knowledge. I have so many ideas to take back to campus to incorporate the hands on learning I’ve experienced these past two weeks” Eli shared of his solar training experience.
SEI Spanish Program Graduates First Class
from Solar Professionals Certificate Program
We are thrilled to announce that this month we celebrated our first Spanish Certificate Program graduation. After 100 hours of online classes and 80 hours of hands-on lab training, our Spanish speaking students are receiving their SEI Solar Professionals Certificate. They will not only be taking back home our instructors' knowledge and experience, but also a part of new family that will be always happy to welcome them back, and who will be looking forward to see them shine on the Latin America solar industry. These students are now part of SEI's long history serving the world with renewable energy education by stamping the first of many names to graduate from the SEI Spanish Certificate Program and joining a network of more than 55,000 SEI alumni around the world! ¡Congratulations to you all, we wish you a very bright future!
One of the things that makes SEI unique is the incredible backgrounds our 40+ instructors bring to their classes. Will White is no different. He works with SEI as a Curriculum Developer and Instructor and has been working in the solar industry for more than 10 years. He is also the face behind the newly invigorated PVOL206: Solar Business and Technical Sales course.
Will began working in the renewable energy industry in 2005 as an installer for small East Coast integrator. During more than ten years with that company, which eventually became RGS Energy, he took on many roles. After starting as an installer, he worked in sales, design, and project management, and he eventually became the Director of Construction for the East Coast. He brought this experience to curriculum team, in particular to the PVOL206 course so it would be relevant and engaging for solar professionals doing PV Sales whether they are coming from a technical or business background.
SEI Job Opportunity:
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
The Director of Curriculum and Instruction ensures that the Department has the resources and direction that it needs to develop new curriculum for our general public and contract trainings, update over 500 hours of existing curriculum, and maintain state-of-the-art content and quality in solar training. This position ensures that the presentation of the curriculum maintains SEI’s standards and is taught by experienced instructors who uphold SEI’s vision.
SEI Celebrates Summer Solstice 2017 with Students from All Over the World
This month we had 30 students from 16 different states plus Canada, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago visiting our training facility in Paonia, Colorado for our PV201L: SOLAR ELECTRIC LAB WEEK (GRID-DIRECT)! If you are interested in joining us this summer – check out our training schedule!
Solar Ready Colorado Update:
SEI and GRID Alternatives Team Up to Offer Denver Housing Authority Solar Training
This month SEI hosted a two-day training as a part of GRID Alternative's Denver Housing Authority project. This group of eight students is participating in a two-week training with GRID Alternatives to learn the basics of PV systems to jumpstart their careers in the industry.
The SEI portion of this training was led by Danny Bailey, and was an abbreviated version of SEI's PV101 class. The first day was held in the classroom, and on the second day everyone got outside and tested mini-modules to demonstrate the relationships between irradiance, temperature, current and voltage. The class also put together simple solar water pumping systems! It was an exciting couple of days with lots of information and inspiration.
This week the workshop participants are getting hands-on experience out in the field, and on Thursday will be attending their graduation ceremony where SEI will be distributing their Records of Completion for their training. Additionally they will have the opportunity to meet with hiring employers in the Front Range.
As a part of the DHA project, GRID partnered with a local installation company to install a 2MW system that the DHA trained students have the opportunity to apply to work on, and which will power DHA residences.
REC Solar is sponsoring a scholarship for SEI’s PV351L: Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week, which is held from July 17-21 or August 28 to September 1, 2017 in Paonia, CO.
The ideal candidate will have previous solar training and experience. The selected scholarship applicant will be interviewed by REC Solar for a Maintenance Technician (II) position. The position is for the San Francisco Bay Area only, candidates must either currently live there or be willing to relocate otherwise should not apply for the scholarship.
SEI's Co-founder Johnny Weiss
is Seeking an Executive Assistant
Johnny is actively working on special project in support of SEI’s Charitable Programs and is looking for an Executive Assistant! If you would like to be involved with Johnny's continuing passion and support of the global solar movement – this job is for you!