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SEI’s Solar Powered Halloween Photo Gallery
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Check out these great solar PV inspired Halloween efforts from SEI Team Members, Chris Turek and Scott Martin!  A solar powered pumpkin and electro luminescent wire suits (batteries charged with solar PV) designed and worn by SEI’s Online Course Manager, Scott Martin and his wife Peg!
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A Community In Transition: SEI’s solar PV training offered at local High School
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There are 13 students at Paonia High School at the fore-front of the  growing applications of renewable energy production in Colorado’s North Fork Valley; Paonia, CO. These inquisitive high school students are exploring the nationally-growing industry of solar PV.  Paonia Colorado, known for its roots in agriculture and coal mining is the home of Solar Energy International (SEI). SEI is committed to an innovative future powered by clean energy and is honored to make our solar training available to area youth.

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SEI Spanish Hands-on Lab HUGE Success

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SEI recently completed a successful FV201L hands-on workshop specifically for Spanish speakers at our training facility in Paonia, Colorado. Our second 201L Spanish lab training at SEI was a great success. Click here for more info about SEI’s Programa Hispano >>

We are very grateful to the instructors and students who worked throughout the week with a positive and strong spirit. We had an excellent group of students from 7 different countries, which included successful business owners, recent university graduates, professional engineers, and those passionate about the solar industry seeking a career change. The graduates of the workshop are now part of over 400 Spanish speakers who took training’s with SEI’s Spanish Program in 2015.

SEI Alumni Highlight: Elisabeth Kaplan

alumni_highlightElisabeth Kaplan came to SEI’s women’s lab week to add solar expertise to her cultural knowledge and practical experience living with a solar system at home to take on the problem of the lack of electricity in her homeland of Haiti.

She has been assisting in northern Haiti since 2008 to try to improve the availability of health services where access to electricity is often a big barrier. Professionally trained solar installation services has not been available in that part of the country. There are over 1 million people living in this region.

She is leading a social business to make professional and reliable installation available and include people living there in the project to bring a new economic opportunity where they are otherwise scarce. Ayiti Sole’ has so far electrified 5 health facilities with offgrid systems in the region and has a growing amount of interest from the community that has been in a continual blackout.

SEI Welcomes New Team Members

Faye Coats
Administrative Assistant to Executive Director

Originally from the UK, Faye now calls Colorado home. Faye is one of the newest team members at SEI, joining us after graduating from Colorado Mesa University with her MBA. As administrative assistant to our executive director and workshop coordinator, Faye is thrilled to be part of such an effective team working towards a more sustainable future for the planet. When she’s not in the office Faye is usually enjoying the beauty of the North Fork Valley, creating kitchen alchemy or snuggling with her cat.

Scott Martin

Scott Martin
Online Course Manager

With a background in electronics and IT consulting, Scott began studying renewable energy technology in 2008. Soon after, he discovered SEI and took his first few Solar PV courses and was hooked.  Quickly realizing that he was living in one of the most solar friendly states in the U.S. (Massachusetts), Scott made the transition into the industry taking a job as a PV Project Manager and Technical Sales Person for a local installer.  During his career, Scott has been involved with the design and sales of numerous residential and small commercial solar PV systems, and has earned NABCEP Certification as a PV Technical Sales Professional.  While continuing to work in the field as an independent consultant, Scott has come full circle and is now the Online Course Manager and an Instructor at SEI.

Monique Turek
Student Services Counselor

Monique’s passion for helping others and belief in renewable energy  makes her right at home at SEI. Watching her son’s eyes light up with excitement while he ran along side the installation crew performing a solar PV installation on her own home, she knew solar energy is the future.  Her formal education includes a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As an academic and career counselor serving community college students, she has dedicated over 10 years of her professional life to helping people realize their academic, career, and personal aspirations. In her personal life she enjoys spending time with her husband and little boy Ethan exploring and going on adventures.

SEI’s Announces the 2016 Training Schedule

If you are thinking about getting into one of SEI’s training events in the coming year – the time to act is NOW!  We are already getting a lot of registrations for next year so these class seats won’t last long!

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SEI Lab FacilityThe majority of our hands-on labs were 100% full this past year and thousands of students from all over the world took our online courses through the SEI Online Campus!  2016 is shaping up to be a great year with students already registering for their courses and planning their training schedule to complete a SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program track. 

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