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Solar Energy International (SEI)
P.O. Box 715
Carbondale, CO 81623
United States

No. of Employees: 20
Key Personnel: Executive Director: Kathy Swartz
Phone: 970-527-7657
Fax: 970-963-8866

Solar Energy International (SEI)

Solar Energy International (SEI) offers hands-on and online training workshops in solar, solar thermal, and micro-hydro technologies. SEI is well known as one of the longest-running renewable energy training organizations in the world,

Solar Energy International (SEI)

Solar Energy International (SEI) is one of the oldest and largest renewable energy training organizations in the country. Founded in 1991, as a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization focused solely on renewable energy. Solar Energy International provides industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities, and businesses worldwide. 

We envision a world powered by renewable energy.

What we do

  • Our PV curriculum was one of the first curriculums in the United States to be certified by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), which is the premier resource for credentialing and best practices regarding renewable energy.
  • Our textbooks, Photovoltaic Design and Installation Manual (over 70,000 copies have been sold; also available in Spanish) and our newly published Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications are used in hundreds of colleges and training programs around the world.
  • We have 19 instructors who are IREC Certified Trainers and 24 instructors who are NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installers — more than any other solar training organization in the US.
  • Solar Energy International was recently recognized by the US Department of Energy. We were selected to be one of only eight Regional Trainer-of-Trainers across the United States.
  • SEI’s training counts for NABCEP educational hours and we are a Registered Provider for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.
  • We also offer courses in Solar Hot Water, Solar Water Pumping, and Micro-hydro.

 SEI brings 22 years of experience, over 35 solar instructors, fully developed and industry aligned PV curriculum- available in English and Spanish, PV textbooks, and ISPQ PV certification to the table. SEI is an experienced training organization with a solid reputation for quality.

 In addition, SEI partners with utilities, distributors, manufacturers, non-profit organizations, and community colleges throughout the US and abroad to provide specialized training, license our curriculum or purchase our textbook.  


Through outreach programs, SEI works globally with grassroots international development organizations, nationally with Native American communities, and regionally with K-12 school groups to achieve our mission. 



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