Late Summer / Fall 2013 Renewable Energy Training Schedule
So how did these students make their way to SEI’s Solar PV Lab Week at SEI’s Campus in Paonia, Colorado? It all starts with our PV101 training session that can be taken online or in-person.
From there, you can go in many different directions with our Solar Professionals Certificate Program training path. You can focus on grid-direct systems, battery-based systems, solar business and technical sales, or an overview of all major renewable energy technologies. Get started today!
SEI Remembers Randy Udall
Solar Energy International (SEI) and the rest of the world has recently lost a good friend and strong advocate for SEI’s mission of renewable energy education for a more sustainable future – Randy Udall. Randy was a Carbondale, Colorado resident and environmental steward. SEI Board President, Ed Marston, knew Udall over three decades and offers this tribute.
Taking the NABCEPPV Installation Professional Exam in October?
Due to popular demand, Solar Energy International is offering a 2 day, in-person Test Preparation for the NABCEPPV Installation Professional Exam training to prepare people for the exam. This solar training is ideal for anyone who has already met all of NABCEP’s prerequisites for training and installation experience based on their background. Register: http://www.tinyurl.com/NABCEP-Prep
Is your NABCEP Re-certification due this fall? SEI offers a $499 CE Package Plan for meeting all 18 credits of your NABCEP Re-Certification requirement. You can chose from a variety of on-demand courses, including Rooftop PV: What You Need To Know About Building and Fire Codes by Jim Kirby, PV System O&M Strategies and Techniques, AC Coupling, and many many more!
Join SEI instructor Brian Mehalic for a tour of one of the inverter skids at the 3.5 megawatt Ararat Rock Solar Farm, owned by O2 Energies. Located in Mt. Airy, North Carolina (hometown of Andy Griffith), the system has been online for around a year, and will produce about 6,300 megawatt-hours of electricity annually. Click play button…
Living Off-Grid – The Decade Update – Part II
Rebekah Hren – SEIPV Curriculum Team Member
Nearly a year ago I started upgrading my decade-old off-grid PV system, and wrote about it for SEI’s blog. The first half of the upgrade included a new 2,000 watt pure sine wave inverter, a 3,000 VA generator, and an upgrade to the AC electrical system in my cob house [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cob_(material).] The second phase of the upgrade happened this past weekend, and included replacing the two old 155 watt modules with four 235 watt modules, and installing a charge controller that can handle the increase in current and voltage.
SEI’s Solar in the Schools / Solar Rollers Launch Movie Before Big Race
The Solar Rollers program has launched an 8-minute movie featuring high school students and their solar-powered RC cars as they competed at a National Renewable Energy Laboratory event in May – the first U.S. race for this type of car. The movie depicts some of the challenges faced as these dedicated students designed, built and tested their lightweight, energy-efficient solar cars.
Does Quality Assurance Start with Manufacturing or the Technician?
Solar PV Quality Issues in the News
Quality assurance is a hot topic in the solar industry and Solar Energy International (SEI) has a vested interest in the quality of PV systems installed world-wide. Much of the media attention has been on the quality of components, specifically PV modules, coming from the manufacturing side of the industry. SEI’s focus starts with the highest quality training experience for students and professionals who already are or will become the technical experts for the industry.
“My first interaction with SEI was when I attended the week long PV Design class at Guemes Island, Washington in 1999. Y2K was right around the corner, a boom year for solar, and I had an off grid stint for a while. LightWave Solar became a business in 2006. We operated out of our tractor shed at home until my wife kicked us out when she got blocked in the driveway by a delivery truck one day. The next year, in 2007, I received my NABCEP certification.“
“LightWave Solar now employs 40 people with offices in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. All told, we have installed over 350 systems, totaling 7 megawatts of capacity. LightWave is grateful for SEI’s contribution to the solar community, and we continue to have employees receive training through SEI.” Read more about LightWave solar >>