Fred MunnFred Munn came to Paonia this April, seeing a sunny future for himself and his business. Fred and his business partner, Michael Hendrix, journeyed to SEI’s Paonia campus from Wisconsin to jump start their solar installer training experience. Beginning with PV 101- Grid Direct Solar Design and Installation and continued on with PV 203- Fundamentals of Battery Based PV Systems, they dove into their new career path with a two week, in-depth experience.

For Fred, training to become a solar installer was a natural extension of his career in construction. “We wanted to expand to an area that is ground breaking” Fred says of growing his business to include solar PV installation. Fred and his partner chose SEI after doing their research on all of the training options available to them. They were impressed with SEI’s credentials and history in the industry. Saying of his experience in the classes “we put in a FULL week.. It’s even more than I expected” He feels confident that through his solar installation training at SEI that he will know the fundamentals of Solar PV, understand the unique aspects of many types of system and diagnose and service any system that might come his way.

Fred and Mike plan to take their knowledge back to Southwest Wisconsin where their solar education will take them to “a level above” existing companies in the area. They put in the time early on so they would have a solid foundation in solar installation to bring to their business. They plan to be there not only for the installation, but for anything a customer might need, to keep them coming back far into the future. “Solar isn’t going anywhere and we’re in this business for the long haul.”