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Solar training and certification is a journey, not a destination

By Solar Energy International, Solar Power World Contributor

“How long will it take me to get NABCEP-certified?” If we had a dollar for every time we heard that question from potential students here at Solar Energy International (SEI), we would never have to have another giving-campaign for our non-profit school’s operations. As solar
educators, we love talking with training program candidates about their career goals and
helping them choose a program track that fits their expectations. However, we often first have to address the common misconceptions for what it takes to get into the solar industry and be
successful in a rewarding career. Continue reading here.

Solar Energy International will be contributing training columns to Solar Power World throughout the next year.


RE100 Introduction to Renewable Energy is a free course that covers the basics of renewable energy, and is a great introduction for those new to the field, those who are looking to make a career change, or those who just want to learn more about energy from the sun, wind, and water, energy efficiency, and the basics of electricity. Upon completion of the course – with good quiz grades – you will receive a printable SEI Record of Completion. RE100 is made up of ten lessons, each containing a lecture-capture video presentation by an SEI instructor, readings, a quiz, and discussion forums. Your work will be saved as you go and you can return to it later for up to six weeks after you register.

How Mining, Oil and Gas Workers Are Retraining For The Solar Economy

By Mark Stone, Forbes


Colorado-based nonprofit Solar Energy International (SEI) is part of a nationwide effort to retrain mining, oil and gas workers. Solar Ready Colorado, an SEI initiative that’s being funded by a $401,000 matching grant from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, aims to fill skills gaps among workers in traditional energy fields . . . “We have people coming from 120 different countries and all 50 states,” [Chris Turek, director of marketing and alumni relations] said. “If you come to our Colorado training facility, you will see a global audience.” Some 45,000 workers have completed programs at the nonprofit training school. Read more.

Photo: U.S. Air Force veteran Noah Wichmann started a solar installation business in Hotchkiss, Colorado after completing training through Solar Energy International.
Credit: Andrew Hetherington.


Looking for a summer educational project? Check out Solar Energy International’s Free Online Course

RE100: Introduction to Renewable Energy

Geared toward students 12 years of age and up, Solar Energy International’s free 10-lesson online course includes videos, readings, quizzes, exercises and discussion forums. The course is written at the high school level with lessons in energy efficiency, solar thermal, solar electric, wind, microhydro, renewable energy in the developing world and the economics of renewable energy.

SEI's Intro to Renewable Energy

SEI encourages teachers to take this course and evaluate it as curriculum to be used with students. The course is now also available in Spanish. To learn more, click SEI’s Free Online Course

Visit Solar Energy International’s website for information about all their programs, including:

Nebraska Solar Schools’ website also provides many solar energy resources for all ages: www.nebraskasolarschools.org

FREE Solar Energy International online course: RE100 Introduction to Renewable Energy

SEI course

Introduction to Renewable Energy (RE100) is an online course for those who wish to learn the basics of renewable energy – including where it is found, how we can harvest it for use in our homes, and how it can help ease pressures on the environment. You will not become an expert through this course, but you will get to know renewable energy in its many forms – helping you to decide whether solar, wind, or other technologies are right for you.

Over 35,000 people from all over the world have taken the first version of the class since it was launched; the updated version went live in October, 2014 and takes a fresh look at the latest trends and developments in the renewable energy industry.

Start: Now
Duration: 2hrs/week for 6 weeks
Tuition: FREE

Click here for additional information or to register.

Solar Energy International’s “Active Duty Military & Veterans Career Transition Program”

Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 (MWSS-371), Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, build a solar panel while performing humanitarian assistance operations in Djibouti, Africa.

Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 (MWSS-371), Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, build a solar panel while performing humanitarian assistance operations in Djibouti, Africa.

Solar Energy International (SEI) is pleased to announce a truly inspirational scholarship and outreach program for veterans and active duty military personnel.  SEI has experienced a dramatic increase in recent years of veterans who wish to attend SEI training and are looking for funding opportunities to take full advantage of all that SEI has to offer.

As an organization, we believe in the opportunities that renewable energy can afford our country, such as energy independence and sustainable use of our country’s natural resources. With that in mind, we also honor those who have served our country and who are choosing to follow up their military service with a new kind of service: service in the renewable energy sector.

Since 9/11 and during the past decade, SEI has had the honor of training soldiers returning from their military service with the hopes of starting a new career in the solar industry. Additionally, SEI has partnered with active duty military projects and installations in recent years to provide training with the goal of spreading solar energy applications to military bases all over the U.S. and abroad.

More information is available here.