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Habitat for Humanity Install

PV206: Solar Business and Technical Sales

Free April 12 Webinar
Features PV Lab Facility

April is National Solar Quote Month

Featured Alum -  Wade Andrews

Featured Workshop

Renewable Energy for the Developing World - Online

April 18 - May 29
Learn how to help improve the quality of life for people in the developing world with renewable energy technologies.

Upcoming Hands-on Workshops

Solar Hot Water Design
and Installation

Apr. 11-15 -- Guemes Island, WA

Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) w/Installation
Apr. 18-23 -- Tucson, AZ

Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)

Apr. 25-29 -- Paonia, CO

Upcoming International Workshops

Renewable Energy for Rural Villages
Aug. 27-Sept. 4 -- Nicaragua

Wind Power for Rural Communities

Sept. 8-15 -- Nicaragua

Upcoming Online Workshops

Solar Business and Technical Sales - Online
April 18-May 29

Renewable Energy for the Developing World - Online

April 18-May 29

Diseño e Instalación de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos (de Conexión Directa a la red) - en linea

2 de mayo a 12 de junio

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News from Solar Energy International
Install a PV System with Habitat for Humanity!
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Participants in SEI's April 18-23 PV101 workshop with installation in Tucson, Arizona, will install a solar PV system on a Habitat for Humanity house. The six-day, hands-on workshop provides an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems. Students will engage in the different phases of an installation to get a glimpse into real-world challenges commonly encountered on the jobsite.

Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)
April 18 - 23 -- Tucson, AZ

Other upcoming PV workshops around the country include:

Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)
May 9-13 -- Boulder, CO
June 6-10 -- Paonia, CO 

Solar Electric Lab Week
April 25-29 -- Paonia, CO
May 9-13 -- Paonia, CO

NABCEP PV Technical Sales Exam Training Deadlines

The second North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Technical Sales Exam takes place July 15-30 at computer test centers across the U.S. and Canada. SEI offers the opportunity to learn more about solar business and technical sales with our online PV206 course. To qualify to sit for this exam, you need the extra business, economics, and financial training hours to meet the certification requirement. Meet those needs this spring by registering for SEI's PV206: Solar Business and Technical Sales online course starting April 18. There are several upcoming deadlines in line with the upcoming testing. Documentation of your PV training, through a letter from SEI, must be submitted to NABCEP before Friday, May 27. Following are additional important dates for NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification:
  • PV206 Registration Deadline: April 18
  • NABCEP Application Deadline: May 6
  • NABCEP Scheduling Deadline: June 3
  • NABCEP Exam Window: July 15-31

SEI's PV101 Course Now Offered in Spanish
(Curso de sistemas fotovoltaicos - en-linea

SEI está muy emocianado de anunciar nuestro primerfront_cover_smaller curso en-linea en español. Diseño e Instalación de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos (de Conexión Directa a la red) proporcionará una visión general de las tres aplicaciones básicas de un sistema fotovoltaico, centrándose principalmente en los sistemas con conexión directa a la red. El objetivo del curso es lograr un conocimiento fundamental de los conceptos básicos necesarios para trabajar con todos los sistemas fotovoltaicos.

Esta ofrecida por un precio especial de $495, un descuento de $200 del precio normal, para ser parte de la “prueba beta” de la primera oferta de este curso!


Free Webinar Highlights SEI's Paonia PV Lab Facility
Join Solar Energy International on April 12 for an interactive webinar showcasing new technologies important to the solar industry at our Paonia, Colorado, PV Lab Facility. The webinar also features SEI's methods of teaching these technologies to the hundreds of students who visit our PV Lab each year. Take a sneak peek into SEI's world-class lab facility and learn more about our hands-on training coming up this spring, summer, and fall.
  • Date: April 12, 2011
  • Time: 2 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (Denver, GMT-06.00)
  • Duration: 1 hour
Register here for this free webinar by clicking here

April is National Solar Quote Month
Solar Fred
Solar expert Tor "Solar Fred" Valenza recently wrote in his Renewable Energy World blog on the topic of National Solar Quote Month in April. The month-long campaign is a grassroots solar industry initiative to encourage people to receive a residential or commercial solar quote once a year. Solar Fred offers tips on how to promote National Solar Quote Month to help break down solar myths and educate consumers on the affordability of solar through once-a-year deals, solar leasing, and solar PPAs.

Read the entire blog here:

SEI Welcomes New Board Members

Solar Energy International proudly announces recent additio  ns to our Board of Directors: Ed Marston, Jeff Scott, and Trési Houpt. E29148_106362619407360_106199909423631_51786_1756655_nd is president of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce and secretary of the Delta County Economic Development, Inc. Jeff is the president and founder of SolSource, Inc., which provides renewable energy design, engineering, and procurement and construction management. Trési is a former Garfield County, Colorado, Commissioner with experience facing energy issues on the Western Slope. Welcome Ed, Jeff, and Trési!

Read more about SEI's Board of Directors

Renewable Energy for Educators and the Developing World

REED_2010_web This summer, SEI offers three separate renewable energy teacher training workshops in June and July. We are building our workshop offerings to provide training to all educators - from renewable energy novices to expert energy teachers. All three teacher trainings are fully accredited as graduate-level courses through Mesa State University. They will be held in the inspiring Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado. Our workshops provide solid training, good fun and a great networking opportunity.

Also in June, SEI is offering our annual
Renewable Energy for the Developing World workshop, which gives people an opportunity to learn about solar cookers, fuel efficient stoves, biogas, rural electrification, and more!
Read about the Fat Suit, one innovative way that SEI teaches solar energy to kids.

Featured Alum - Wade Andrews
NABCEP has named SEI alum Wade Andrews winner of the first-ever Walt Ratterman Award for Creative Community Energy. The award, named for SEI alumnus, instructor and close friend Walt Ratterman, honors recipients for creative public service-oriented renewable projects of the year performed at no charge for a charitable organization. Wade, a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer, is a lead installer for Namaste Solar in Boulder, Colorado. 

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