Looking for gift ideas? SEI solar energy training is the gift that KEEPS on giving
Contact the SEI Student Services Team today to find out how you can give the gift of solar training and a future in the solar industry as a career! Whether you’re looking to kickstart your career in the fast-growing solar industry, or to refine and advance your skills after already being in the industry for years, SEI has a training opportunity that will work for you.
For the beginner: Try PVOL101: Solar Training- Solar Electric Design and Installation- Online
SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) Team Highlight: Kelly Larson
SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) has a unique and valuable business model in that we employ many of SEI’s instructors and curriculum developers to perform technical work for our clients. Leveraging SEI’s vast network of instructors and subject matter experts across the entire spectrum of solar PV technologies and applications gives our business model a unique edge as compared to other service providers in this space.
One great example of this model is through the work Kelly Larson, SEI Instructor, does for SEIPS. Kelly has been working in the industry and teaching for SEI for years and is one of the most experienced solar professionals within our network. We had a chance to sit down with Kelly to talk about her work and the impact it is making on our industry.
Winter is here. The days are getting shorter. Don’t forget about the sun!
A sunny day in Paonia, Colorado.
As the days grow shorter in our neck of the woods in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s tempting to curl up and get cozy indoors for the winter. Might as well make the most of the down time with SEI classes! Or better yet, give your loved ones the gift of new career opportunities with SEI training. Check out our updates below for continuing education training and our upcoming winter courses.
SEI is the FIRST to offer PV-specific safety training
Until now, no safety training specific to the solar industry existed. You could take a construction safety class, but those classes didn’t focus on the everyday hazards of installing PV systems. Now there’s an opportunity for entire companies- not just installers, but project managers, designers, everyone.. to take an engaging class at a great price and even earn 12 NABCEP CEUs.
Alumni Highlight: SEI Alum Edwin Bifelt founds solar company, celebrates major installation and local job creation
Solar energy training can have a life-changing impact on your career path. Solar Energy International (SEI) Alum Edwin Bifelt first took SEI training online in November of 2017. Not even a full year later, he founded a solar company and just celebrated completing the first phase of a 120 kW solar PV ground mount array project on October 26th in Hughes, Alaska.
Edwin explained that his journey with solar began one night in September 2017. He thought, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to get into solar?” And a late night of researching solar and photovoltaics training led him to SEI’s online campus, and the plethora of training opportunities we offer from grid-tied basics, to battery-based design, installation and maintenance.
SEI successfully completes first hands-on training in Muscat, Oman!
This month we successfully completed the first week ever of PVOL201L: Solar Electric Lab week (Grid-Direct) in the Middle East in Muscat, Oman. Our inaugural hands-on training experience in the Middle East kicked off with 16 students from installation companies, academia and more! We’d like to give a huge shout out to all of the work from our partners at Shams Global Solutions who were integral in making this training happen. We’re so excited that we had the chance to offer this first-of-its-kind hands-on training opportunity in the Middle East!
Tech Tips: Civil Engineering for Solar – Storm Water Permitting
One of the most common requirements for utility-scale solar farms is the need to control runoff during rainfall events, and sometimes after construction activities. Permitting requirements generally start at the top with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and specifically the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES. In most cases the NPDES is administered by each state through an agency such as the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for whatever state your project is in. The name of the agency may be different than having the acronym DEQ in it, so you may have to do some research.
SEI accepted to participate in the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program, provides financial assistance to military spouses
Solar Energy International (SEI) loves training active duty military and Veterans and now we can offer training funding for spouses too! We are excited to have been accepted to participate in the The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program. MyCAA is a workforce development program (sponsored by The Department of Defense) and provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certificate, or associates degree in a portable career field and occupation. Eligible students can use their funding to pursue SEI’s Residential and Commercial PV Systems Certificate, Solar Business and Technical Sales Certificate, Battery – Based PV Systems Certificate, or the NABCEP PV Associate Prep Package. Funding can be used to attend in-person or online courses at SEI. Contact Monique Turek, [email protected], for more information.
Educate. Engage. Empower. It’s only possible with YOU!
Solar Energy International’s tagline is Educate. Engage. Empower. In 2017, the solar industry employed 260,000 people. Rapid growth of the industry, and an unprecedented push for solar installations has generated enough U.S. solar to power 11 million homes, with total capacity expected to double over the next 5 years! The push towards renewables means that worker training in the design, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems is highly sought. Over 65,000 people have received our technical training, and as we advance collaborations in Latin America, the Middle East, and North Africa–we’re putting our Educate. Engage. Empower. zeal on hyperdrive.
SEI recently partnered with Green Power EMC to provide training to 10 employees of the Georgia-based not-for-profit. The cooperative was founded in 2001 to support EMCs in their search for Georgia renewable resources. Green Power EMC sources, evaluates and sells power purchase agreements for renewable energy on behalf of Georgia’s EMCs.
Senior SEI instructors, Rebekah Hren, Kelly Larson and Bill Hoffer traveled to Georgia to teach a custom Operations Maintenance and Troubleshooting course for the organization. The hands-on course was a continuation and culmination of a 20-hour online course administered by SEI instructors in the previous months.
SEI selected as the Leading Training Organization at Solar Power Mexico 2019
Solar Power Mexico is organized by three of the leading trade show companies in the world: Deutsche Messe, SNEC PV Power Expo, and Solar Power International (SPI) have joined forces to help develop the Mexican solar energy market.
Do you want to earn a Master’s degree while becoming a leader in the solar industry and receive a fellowship to support your work? Western Colorado University’s Master of Environmental Management (MEM) programs are partnering with Solar Energy International (SEI) to create a master in environmental management degree that integrates SEI training with MEM program courses for students. SEI provides industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities, and businesses worldwide. Access to affordable, reliable energy is key to providing a just and sustainable pathway to economic development and opportunity globally. We seek SEI Fellows that will complete projects that empower people in the United States or throughout the world. Please contact Dr. Jessica Young or Dr. Scott Borden for more information.