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SolarWorld renews training partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI)

Partnership provides discounts for SolarWorld customers


HILLSBORO, Ore., Feb. 21, 2018 – Today, SolarWorld Americas Inc., the largest U.S. maker of crystalline-silicon solar cells and panels for 42 years, announced that it has renewed its training partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), a nonprofit training organization with 60,000 alumni worldwide and 27 years of experience. 

The partnership means that SolarWorld’s current and prospective Authorized and Platinum Installers will receive exclusive discounts for SEI’s online courses, ranging from classes for entry-level installers to courses for solar-industry veterans.

“We at SolarWorld want to invite our installer community to gain more knowledge through these online courses,” said Shane Messer, SolarWorld Americas’ vice president for sales and marketing. “Ultimately, this knowledge is the engine that will help the U.S. solar industry to continue to flourish.”

SEI is positioned to buttress the growing workforce, as its 40 instructors and curriculum developers train roughly 4,000 students a year. Course credits may be applied toward industry licensing and certification programs, such as those offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

“SEI is proud to have this training partnership with SolarWorld Americas,” said Chris Turek, SEI director of marketing and communications. “It is great to see manufacturers are embracing the need not only for technical training on the products they make, but also for a broader understanding of the entire systems approach to overall solar PV deployment by the solar professionals who are installing their components.  SolarWorld and SEI have established this partnership to help ensure quality installations that will provide reliable and safe clean energy production and to help grow the solar energy workforce.”  

Solar Energy International (SEI) – independent from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) – was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization with the mission to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities and businesses worldwide. SEI envisions a world powered by renewable energy.

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SolarWorld Americas Inc., the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 42 years, produces and sells high-tech solar power solutions and, in doing so, contributes to a cleaner energy supply throughout the Americas. The company maintains 430 megawatts of annual capacity to produce solar cells and 550 MW of capacity to manufacture solar modules.  The company’s brand stands for a proven track record of quality and reliability, and SolarWorld is the only producer whose industrial lineage has outlived its products’ 25- and 30-year performance guarantees. SolarWorld upholds high social standards and commits itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. With its program Solar2World, the company supports the expansion of solar power in developing countries in Latin America. Connect with SolarWorld on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and

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