Alumni Spotlight: Roger, a retired energy engineer, learns solar

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After spending 27 years working for an energy firm, Roger had lastly retired – however his ardour for studying one thing new hadn’t. Working within the fossil gasoline business had revealed simply how vital electrical era and use modifications had been, and Roger was satisfied there was a greater method to do issues. But at 65 years previous, what can you actually do?

Being no stranger to the energy business, Roger has held positions comparable to Senior Controls Electrical Engineer at a coal-fired power plant, IT supervisor and IT methods engineer, Senior Substation Electrical Engineer, and Field Service Engineer for a boiler producer. Even with a 35-year profession in energy system design, development, commissioning, testing, and O&M, Roger nonetheless noticed the necessity for business transformation. “I have felt that we need to make some changes in how we generate and use electricity. Being from a fossil fuel background, I believe that the impact on climate change is very significant. We need to leave a better world for the next generation and many more after that. Solar systems seem to be one solution to offsetting fossil fuel use – every installed system helps just a little bit more.”

In his endeavor to handle local weather change and study new issues, Roger found SEI via an web search and began taking RE100: Introduction to Renewable Energy to get a greater understanding of what renewables are all about. In the midst of the course he realized how enthused and prepared the instructors had been to ‘share their secrets’ about all issues solar.

Not lengthy after, Roger enrolled in SEI’s certificates program, uncertain if he would even end. As it seems, he accomplished two completely different certificates packages, receiving a Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate, and a Battery-Based Photovoltaic Systems Certificate. He even went on to finish his NABCEP PV Associate Credential!

Commenting on his achievements, Roger mentioned “I am proud of that set of accomplishments. I guess the one thing it can illustrate is that even old dogs can learn new tricks. I believe there is a ton to learn about solar after SEI, however, SEI gives a very good introduction into the solar world.  They cover just about everything you would encounter and the labs were excellent at giving a hands-on introduction into industry work life.”

While he’s nonetheless determining precisely what he wish to accomplish within the solar sphere, Roger plans to make use of what he has discovered to assist others: “I like to contribute in such a way that I feel that I have helped someone else. I would like to engineer and help engineer systems, supporting the folks that install the systems. I want to make the things I touch better than when I left it and enjoy mentoring others to help make them successful”.

When not serving to somebody engineer their solar system, you’ll find Roger taking panorama footage, tenting, fly-fishing or restoring vintage slot machines and commerce stimulators. As of this writing, Roger can also be pursuing his FAA Part 107 distant drone pilots license with a purpose to help with solar surveying. It is evident that this previous canine remains to be studying new tips.

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