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Solar Energy Initiatives

August 24, 2010 09:06 ET

Solar Energy Initiatives to Open Second Training School in South Carolina

Solar EOS's Solar Installer School Has Been Approved by the Waccamaw Workforce Investment Board as a South Carolina Eligible Training Provider Under the Workforce Investment Act

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - August 24, 2010) -  Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. (OTCBB: SNRY), with businesses in solar project development, distribution and workforce training, today announced that the company's SNRY Solar Inc. division has been approved to open its solar technical training school in South Carolina.

The Solar Installation School, developed and facilitated by Solar EOS -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. -- will be added to the South Carolina Workforce Investment's Eligible Training Provider list and the School will be a new training option to which area Career One-Stop locations will begin referring eligible training applications. The Solar Installer School was designed to train prospective solar installers both in classroom theory and design as well as extensive hands-on experiential learning. 

To ensure students enter the workforce with the greatest competitive advantage, Solar EOS takes a comprehensive approach to solar which includes green building strategies, sustainability, and technical knowledge of energy efficiencies utilizing the LEED Green Building Rating System as its core curriculum. The 8-week course provides 200 hours of actual classroom and field education, with over 30 hours of hands-on training utilizing the most current solar thermal and photovoltaic equipment taught by a team of experts in the field of solar and energy efficiency.

"Through our partnership with Waccamaw's Workforce Division, we expect to train nearly 200 students over the course of the next year to become top-quality solar installers and energy efficiency champions. Our students have the advantage of eight weeks of intense learning on both theory and application of solar strategies which allows them to be an effective member of an organization on Day One of employment," says Ellen Leroy-Reed, President of Solar EOS. "It is our mission to Renew South Carolina by introducing highly trained and well qualified solar technicians to the state's workforce. Then, South Carolina will be prepared for the new solar economy."

"Waccamaw is pleased to have Solar EOS on board as an Eligible Training Provider. Giving our clients' access to solar training is a significant benefit which will allow them to successfully compete for higher-paying technical jobs," says Denise Day, Waccamaw's Workforce Development Administrator. "South Carolina will benefit, and our people will benefit, by training our workforce in green jobs and the solar industry."

About Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
WIA is a federal program administered in South Carolina through the Workforce Division of the Department of Employment and Workforce and through 12 Workforce Investment areas throughout the state. A statewide board appointed by the Governor and comprised of business owners, state government officials, educators, and private citizens guide policy for all WIA-funded programs. WIA programs help businesses meet their need for skilled workers and provide individuals with access to training that helps them prepare for work.

About the Career One-Stop System
WIA services are delivered through the state's comprehensive Career One-Stop System. One-Stop Workforce Centers in every county offer job seekers and businesses access to WIA and Trade Assistance Act funded training opportunities, as well as other services provided by One-Stop System partner agencies that support employment and training.

About Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc.
Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. (OTCBB: SNRY) is a diversified provider of solar solutions with three principal operating groups focused on large-scale projects, solar education and distribution of solar products. SNRY Power is a developer and manager of municipal and commercial scale solar projects. The SolarEos Group is dedicated to the education and continuous improvement of solar energy trade professionals. SNRY Solar is a wholesale distributor of branded photovoltaic and thermal (water heating) systems selling via a network of dealers throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Through its diversified portfolio of solar businesses, Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. is committed to restoring the nation's economy through a grassroots campaign called "Renew the Nation." Renew the Nation brings together a broad alliance of public and private sector interests focused on workforce development, job creation and economic growth through solar energy. For more information please visit

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