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9th Annual Instructor Training Week
SEI Instructors

SEI held the 9th Annual Instructor Training Week in March and was a well attended and highly successful event.   Instructors from all over the country converged in Paonia, Colorado – location of SEI’s headquarters and training facility.  New technologies, highly technical solar PV troubleshooting topics, and safety training was all part of this event and a great opportunity for the greatest minds in the solar industry to come together and learn from each other.  

The event even got the attention of the local TV News affiliates who sent news crews to cover the event and talk about the growth of jobs in the solar industry.

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For the past year we have been reporting that our instructors have over 400 years of combined experience in the solar industry.  After an official internal review this month, it was revealed that number is actually over 550 years of solar industry experience within our team of instructors and curriculum developers!

Get to know our instructors by taking an SEI Course or Hands-on Lab!  View our training schedule…

SEI Programa Hispano Alumnus Reaches for the Stars (well actually the Planet Mars)

SEI Alumni

Edgar Soley, SEI alumnus from Costa Rica, received his training with SEI through our Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) training program in partnership with the U.S. State Department in 2013.

The location where we held the lab classes for the ECPA training program is also where Edgar installed this system that is helping the world reach for the stars – the Planet Mars specifically!

Solar is playing an important role in one of the most important technological developments in the history of space travel. Sibo Energy installed a 77 kW project; that will aid in the development of the plasma propulsion engine, the technology that could allow a manned flight to travel to Mars in just 39 days, instead of 6 to 10 months.

If you’d like to know more about the plasma propulsion engine, here are two great links.

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SEI Online Campus Sessions Start Monday, April 4th – Enroll Today!
SEI Online Campus

SEI’s Online Campus is launching another round of industry leading technical training on Monday, April 4th!  Join our live instructors and students from all over the world by registering for any or all of the following online courses – click for more info: 

SEI Alumni Highlight: Mauricio Ortuondo

Programa Hispano

The global solar industry is a small world! SEI’s Programa Hispano Team is 8,000 miles away from our Colorado headquarters this week, training 150 Chileans in Copiapo, Chile. During the last workshop, SEI alumnus, Mauricio Ortuondo, walks in the door, wearing a very worn and dirty SEI hat (pictured in red)! We first met Mauricio during a PV201L workshop in 2011 in Paonia, CO.

Five years later, Mauricio now owns Prosolar, a solar company in Santiago, Chile. He is currently working on a big hospital system in Copiapó, Chile and took the time to visit the class and observe as they installed two small PV systems. At the end of the day, he spoke to the class about the opportunities in Chile’s solar workforce, and how SEI provided him the knowledge and drive to start his own business. Mauricio told Spanish Program manager Matthew Harris that he owes everything to SEI and sends a big hello to SEI Team Members – Chris (Smitty) Smith, Joe Villacci, Kris Sutton and Johnny Weiss.


Find out more about SEI’s Spanish Program and upcoming trainings…

Go Solar Pro with SEI – Enroll Now!

Major League SolarSpring training isn’t just for Major League Baseball anymore! Announcing the SEI Spring Training Tuition Discount – Get $200 OFF your combined tuition for our April PV101 and our PV203 classes in Paonia, Colorado! Enroll online and use the code: SPRINGTRAINING or call 970-527-7657 x1 to speak with our Student Services Team!

Enroll now for our April 11th PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) – click here >>

AND our April 18th PV203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) – click here >>

(both courses need to be added to the online registration checkout with the coupon code SPRINGTRAINING applied to receive the $200 tuition discount)

SEI’s 2016 Workshops are Filling Fast!

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From our SEI Online Campus to our in-person classroom courses to our hands-on labs, we are experiencing levels of student enrollment like never before!  If you are considering starting or continuing your training program with SEI this year – you should register for the sessions you are considering right away or call our SEI Student Services Team today to discuss your training goals!  All of our sessions are filling fast!

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SEI Offering CE Training at NABCEP Continuing Education Conference


If you are attending NABCEP’s annual Continuing Education Conference, be sure to sign up for one of SEI’s full-day workshops: Grid-tied Battery-based System Design and Installation or PV System Maintenance and Troubleshooting. Both classes are worth 6 NABCEP credits and taught by industry experts and SEI Instructors Bill Hoffer, Brian Mehalic, Kelly Larson, and Rebekah Hren. See you in San Diego! 

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EGIA / SEI Partner Up for Chicago and Nashville Leadership Conference

EGIAThe 2016 Electric and Gas Industries Association (EGIA) Leadership Academy Conference Tour is coming to Chicago on April 14th and 15th and then in Nashville on May 5th and 6th. 

SEI will be attending these events to highlight the solar industry and give electrical contractors insight to how they can grow their business through technical training with SEI.  Special SEI Training discounts for EGIA members will be offered during this event.


Receive $300 off the standard $495 registration fee by selecting the “Non EGIA Member” registration type and entering the promo code 195OFFER during registration. If you are an EGIA member, you must still select the “Non EGIA Member” registration type to access this discounted registration rate of $195 per person.

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These conference events will bring contractors and product manufacturers and distributors together with some of the contracting industry’s most powerful, thought provoking and influential business trainers and consultants. This high-impact 2 day educational events is designed to provide you with the knowledge, insight and tools you need to take your business to a whole new level in 2016 and beyond.

SEI Programa Hispano Job OpeningSEI Programa Hispano

¿Hablas español? Solar Energy International (SEI), a world leader in renewable energy education is hiring a Program Associate for our growing Spanish Solar Education Program. The Spanish Program Associate serves as the office, administrative, and program support person for the SEI Spanish Program. Candidates should have strong written and verbal skills in the Spanish language, native Spanish speakers are a plus.

This is a full-time, hourly position located in Paonia, CO. To request a full job description write to: [email protected]. Deadline to apply is April 8, 2016.

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