The Crestone Eagle • August, 2020

CBR Solarize offers 5 scholarships with Solar Energy International to learn to be a PV installer

CBR Solarize will be awarding five full scholarships to Crestone Baca community members in August 2020 to take Solar Energy International’s (SEI) basic solar industry online training course. Tuition for the course is typically $845.

CBR Solarize is a grassroots community group with the goal of supporting local renewable energy and developing local contractors who can install and maintain photovoltaic (PV) systems. SEI is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization that provides industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy.  SEI’s solar certifications are internationally recognized.

The 6-week-long course, PVOL101 Solar Training – Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct), starts on August 17, 2020 and will focus on grid-direct PV systems, but will also cover material critical to understanding all types of PV systems. The course will cover the fundamentals of the solar industry and provide the applicant with a solid understanding of various solar components, system architectures, and applications for photovoltaic (PV) systems.  Other topics covered will include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground-mounts; and an introduction to safely and effectively commissioning grid-direct PV systems.

The course is a prerequisite for SEI’s upper level PV courses.

To apply for the scholarship, visit and select “Apply Now.” Select “Yes” to the RE100 question and then type in N/A. Under the application section “Scholarship Selection & Education History” select “Other” and write in “CBR Solarize” as the scholarship you are applying for. Complete the rest of the application and hit “Submit Questionnaire.”

Apply by August 10, 2020. Scholarship winners will be notified CBR Solarize by August 14 if they have been accepted into the program.  If you have any questions regarding the scholarship application, contact or call 970-527-7657 x1.  For more information about CBR Solarize, contact