SEI Welcomes New Board President

Gerald Espinosa elected throughout March board assembly as former president Ken Gardner ends tenure

Paonia, Colo., May 18, 2023 — Solar Energy International (SEI), a number one solar coaching academic non-profit group, has introduced that Gerald Espinosa from Pivot Energy was lately elected as their new Board President. Espinosa succeeds Ken Gardner, who served as Board President since 2016.

Gerald joined SEI as an AmeriCorp VISTA in 2015 and has been a board member and business advisory useful resource for a few years. He brings a wealth of expertise and imaginative and prescient to the SEI Board President function, having served as a member of the group’s board for the previous two years. Gerald is at the moment the director of Corporate Clean Energy Solutions at Pivot Energy, the place his obligations embody nationwide on-site solar growth for among the most modern manufacturers in America.

“It’s a new era here at SEI. Domestic and Global markets are hungry for a pipeline of Clean Energy workers qualified to build the safe and reliable solar projects their climate commitments depend on. This is especially true here in the US in light of the Inflation Reduction Act and its workforce development policies. SEI is looking outward like never before and, with a broad coalition of stakeholders, expanding access to its leading solar workforce vocational training. As a mission-driven nonprofit, we’re also doing so within a lens of equity, ” Espinosa expressed.

SEI’s outgoing board president, Ken Gardner mentioned, “I have always admired Gerald’s knowledge and experience in the renewable energy industry. His means of expressing himself and conveying his thoughts is unparalleled. I have enjoyed my association with the SEI Board over the past eight years and have now stepped back toward retirement. SEI will continue to contribute to the renewable industry in new and expanding ways. I look forward to assisting SEI as an instructor for many years to come.”

The SEI board and employees expressed its appreciation for Gardner’s priceless contributions and repair all through his tenure. 

“Ken has been an enormous asset as a Board President, instructor, leader, mentor, and overall SEI supporter throughout the years. Apart from his contributions to our organization, he is a faithful friend and inspiring role model to many. We are excited that he will continue with us as an instructor and will continue to be an industry advisor for years to come,” mentioned Chris Turek, SEI VP of Business Development and Executive Leadership Team member.

In honor of Ken’s service to SEI’s non-profit mission, the brand new scholar tech heart constructing positioned at SEI’s Lab Facility in Paonia, Colorado has been named ‘The Ken Gardner Tech Center’. This constructing and the solar PV and storage coaching tools discovered therein might be a hub of studying and discovery for years to come back.

Turek went on to say, “Gerald has fresh perspectives for SEI to draw upon, with great insight into the solar industry. We have worked with him since he first started in the solar industry and knew he was a solar powered rocket of ideas and inspiration, launching to new heights. We look forward to what the future holds with him at the helm of the SEI board of directors.”

The announcement marks a brand new period in board management, with one of many youngest Board Presidents in SEI’s 30+ 12 months historical past as a non-profit, alongside a wholesome board of solar professionals from various walks of life and business expertise.

About SEI
Solar Energy International (SEI) empowers college students, alumni, and companions to increase a various, inclusive, well-trained and educated solar electrical energy workforce. Our purpose is to advertise sustainable financial progress, mitigate local weather change, and assist energy independence. For extra info, please go to SEI.

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