IPCC Report: The impact of climate change is omnipresent, take action with SEI TODAY!
Solar has stepped up to the plate as an emerging and necessary technology amid impending and present disaster due to climate change, but so have you. Thank you for taking the initiative to grow your solar training, to improve the lives of others, and to take responsibility for the fate of our collective existence on this planet. Keep working to elevate and encourage the ideas of others, and we will, too.
Climate-related catastrophe is omnipresent, take action NOW with Solar Energy International.
Investing in sustainability just got easier: Download the Cheerful app and invest today
Imagine if you could invest in sustainability every time you bought a cup of coffee. Now you can! Our new app allows you to round up spare change from your credit card purchases and invest it into SEI’s vision of a world powered by renewable energy. Investing in sustainability takes just three steps:
Did you know that SEI hosts an exclusive job board that only our 60,000+ alumni can view? If your company is looking to add an SEI trained professional to your team, please consider hosting your next job opening on SEI’s job board!
Check out the job listing previews: https://www.solarenergy.org/careers-job-board/ (You cannot view full job posting without alumni log in credentials)
Thanks to SEI AmeriCorps VISTAs, Delta County becomes second smallest County in the U.S. to receive prestigious solar-friendly designation
Solar Energy International (SEI)’s AmeriCorps VISTAs helped pave the way for Delta County, Colorado to receive a Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. The initial Bronze designation in 2017, also a VISTA-led effort, recognized Delta County for taking measurable steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. The prestigious Gold designation recognizes further efforts and milestones, including completion of a solar project within the County using the State’s commercial property-assessed clean energy (C-PACE) financing tool and a permitting and inspection training for local municipalities held by Delta County and SEI.
Kevin Sova is a retired Air Force Major who spent 23 years serving his country as a Developmental Engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University, and 2 SEI Professional Certificates. When Kevin retired from the Air Force he wanted to follow his passion of renewable energy. He attended SEI in 2016 and completed both the Residential and Commercial PV Systems and Battery-Based PV Systems certificate programs. Kevin now works for SEI as a Student Services Advisor helping veterans and non-veterans chart their own pathways into successful careers in the solar industry.
Solar Energy International (SEI) attends 11th annual Southern Colorado Construction Career Days
This past month Solar Energy International (SEI) was invited to attend the 11th annual Southern Colorado Construction Career Days in Colorado Springs. The mission of Construction Career Days is “To provide a venue for young people to explore the variety of career opportunities available in the construction industry upon graduation from high school. To host a day of hands-on experiences, to enable them to interface with expert contractors throughout the region. We encourage volunteers from all the trades in the construction industry to be enthusiastic and provide job specific training to the young people attending the workshop.”
The Solar Foundation has begun their yearly work with BW Research Partnership to collect data in support of their annual National Solar Jobs Census. The data from this survey is absolutely critical in demonstrating to policymakers and the general public that solar is a major contributor to the broader national economy. In many ways, the industry has never had a more urgent need for this information.
Ready to geek out with SEI on the NEC? Our very own Rebekah Hren and Brian Mehalic sent us a quick check in from the NFPA 2020 NEC second draft meeting!
“Just wanted to say hello from the NFPA 2020 NEC second draft meeting. We are about halfway through the public comment review and update process for the 2nd draft (really the final draft). If you want to keep up with us as we make changes in REAL TIME (!!)
you can click NFPA 70 next edition: https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/detail?code=70&tab=nextedition&fbclid=IwAR2A4tMKy867yMQPDYaKcLgnIDRbFNMF2iWzb1ytkaxO0PY8hBNq-bz6fjc
Scroll just a bit down the page, and you will see a link under 2nd draft that says “View Public Comment”. That’s where we are working, anything in green is a 2nd revision we have just made, which should be very close to the final 2020 language, excepting typos. You can see the whole Code at this link.
You have to have an NFPA account to view, but it is free to sign up. There’s a lot going on. We are here for a week, but it’s really hard to give every section the time it needs to thoroughly discuss. And we are just one of 18 panels – there is a lot of work that goes into the NEC! Note we are NOT going totally in order through 690, so if you see sections that haven’t changed, like 690.12, that doesn’t mean they won’t before the end of the week. Stay tuned!”
Congrats to our September Solar Professional Certificate Program Graduates!