SEI's Kristen O'Brien Awarded the Colorado Governor's Service Award
for Outstanding Americorps VISTA
Congratulations to SEI's Kristen O'Brien for receiving the Colorado Governor's Service Award for Outstanding Americorps VISTA for her work in developing and implementing the Solarize North Fork Valley program. Her efforts resulted in over $400,000 in private investment in locally owned PV systems, 3 new jobs, and over 125kW of PV. A huge step forward for our small community of Paonia and just the beginning of a much bigger initiative.
After serving honorably in the U.S. Army for almost five years, Sergeant Rozie Amenya was in search of a new career path. And at the age of 36, her timing was perfect as the Solar Ready Vets program was just starting up.
Amenya’s new plan and career focus is renewable energy. She, along with 23 other transitioning service members and veterans, recently completed the Solar Ready Vets program at the Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado. They make up the second Fort Carson cohort in the Sunshot Initiative’s training program– the first to include female graduates.
Register Today for the September 28th
PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
This is the ultimate hands-on experience available! This solar training workshop offers five days of hands-on installation practice with grid-direct systems at SEI’s world-class PV Lab training facility in Paonia, Colorado. The maximum eight to one student-to-instructor ratio and comprehensive lab setting create the perfect environment to get your first hands-on PV experience.
Register Now for the October 5th – PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based) This workshop offers five days of hands-on installation practice with battery-based systems at SEI’s world-class PV Lab training facility in Paonia, Colorado. Safely install, test, and commission battery-based PV systems in this solar training workshop. Lab stations are comprised of both stand-alone and grid-tied with battery back-up systems, and include both AC and DC coupled systems.
Únete SEI para un día complete de capacitación; Fundamentos Tecnicos de Diseño e Instalacion de Sistemas FV Interconectados Solar Power International, Septiembre 14-17, es la mayor conferencia y exposición del producto educativo de nuestra industria. SPI tendrá lugar en Anaheim, California durante cuatro días que reunirá a el rango completo de innovación de la industria, y los profesionales que le ayudarán a crecer, aprender, conectarse y competir. Disfruta los educativos más vanguardista, la red con más de 15.000 de sus compañeros, y explorar las últimas tecnologías en energía solar y fotovoltaica. Pase por nuestro stand # 5543 de escuchar acerca de nuestro nuevo plan de estudios, obtener una lista completa de los cursos, y conectarse!
SEI Alumnus – Jeff Spies – Proudly Announces the First “Solar Pioneer Party” (Alternative Energy Engineering's original location near Redway, CA in 1981. Pictured left to right are Roger Herrick, Charlie Wilson, and David Katz.)
By Jeff Spies – SEI Alumnus and Sr Director Policy, Quick Mount PV I first worked in the solar industry in the early 1980’s selling solar water heating systems as a part time job in college, but following graduation I launched my career into the field of industrial automation. While I enjoyed some aspects of my work, after 20 years I realized I lacked the passion for factory automation and decided to shift my energies back into the small but growing solar industry. My first step was signing up for the full conference pass to Solar Power 2006 (now called “Solar Power International”) and quickly learned that the BEST solar training was available through Solar Energy International (SEI). I signed up immediately for their Beginning and Advanced PV classes, and what a smart move. My first PV class was in Tucson taught by my good friend and off grid guru- Ed Eaton and my advanced class was taught by Kris Sutton and Jay Peltz, both legends in the industry. I truly believe my decision to get training through SEI was one of the most important keys to my early success in solar.
Since I have been in the industry, it has grown quickly and solar trade shows have lost that family reunion feel. I really missed being around these wonderful people from those early years and I swore I would try to get these folks back together again for a reunion party. After five years of talking and planning, I finally organized the first ever Solar Pioneers Party in October in Humboldt County, the capital of off grid America.
100-200 people are expected to attend including many of the early solar PV pioneers, AEE Solar alumni, and top solar pros from around the country. We will congregate near the site of the original AEE Solar for three days of fun, solar, music, and friendship. This will be the first major gathering of these early PV trailblazers in many years, and if it goes well, we might even make this an annual event.
SEI's Kris Sutton Interviewed by WNZF Radio Make sure to check out this AWESOME Solar-Fit WNZF radio interview with SEI's Kris Sutton about our training program and the history of our industry. Every Saturday morning, Solar-Fit President Bill Gallagher hosts the "Solar Fit Renewable Energy Show" on channel 106.3 FM WNZF News Radio. Each week, Bill interviews local and national leaders in the renewable energy field to discuss their contributions to the clean energy community.
SEI's recent Women's Solar Electric Lab Week was a great success! With female-only instructors and participants, this hands-on course offers women a uniquely supportive learning environment to build their solar knowledge foundation. This course offers the same curriculum as SEI’s co-ed PV201L, but is intended to further encourage participants to get ALL those solar questions answered and offer networking opportunities with each other and existing women in the solar industry. Make sure to check out the rest of this year's hands-on lab schedule!
SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program Taking Applications for Fall 2015
Do YOU Have What it Takes?
SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP) is our most rigorous training program where you will have the opportunity to complete a multi-course track leading towards completing a program of study with SEI.
or call SEI Student Services at: (970) 527-7657 x1
As the solar industry becomes more and more competitive, SEI's full training program will help you stand apart from the growing number of people who have taken only the bare minimum to sit for NABCEP Certification or who have not received any formal training at all.
If you are considering completing a path of training through SPCP in 2015, you will want to apply for admission and scheduling of your prerequisite training as soon as possible in order to complete the program in a timely manner this year.
Program completion is still possible if you start later in the training year, but becomes more and more difficult from a scheduling standpoint due to our full courses. Contact SEI Student Services today to speak to a SPCP advisor or complete the online application today.
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