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Costa Rica

A Gift Earned

Posted by: matthew@solarenergy.org on November 18, 2013


The 2013 APSA training period has ended, and a new family has been formed. Saturday the final bus left the Earth University to send off the last of the APSA Alumni back to their home countries where they will begin or in some cases continue to carry the torch towards a renewable energy future for the Americas. On behalf of all the instructors who participated in APSA ’13 and everyone at SEI I would like to say that this past year has been a spectacular journey, one which could not have culminated any better than it has these past two weeks.

There are now 50 people ...
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Solar Training Opens a World of Possibility for Business Manager in Costa Rica

Posted by: april on February 17, 2012


By Joris A. Brinckerhoff, Manager, Costa Rica Entomological Supply
Member, Sat Yoga Institute

Installing solar and utilizing the sun's power as a clean energy option requires a realm of solar training knowledge and skill sets I have long lacked. As a participant in the creation of Sat Yoga's self-sustaining ashram and eco-village in Costa Rica, however, the design and implementation of a functioning solar system somehow came to fall on my shoulders. What now?! Books are useful but data is not always readily converted into either DC or AC. Expert consultants ...
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SEI Hosts International Solar Training Experience of a Lifetime

Posted by: april on October 11, 2011
By Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate

Checklist for an Solar Energy International Rural Development Student:

• See biogas cookers in action.
• Start the day with a cup of organic solar-roasted coffee.
• Visit with and learn from the Solar Women of Totogalpa
- a solar cooperative.
• Eat lunch at the Women's Solar Restaurant.
• Work in a remote (only-accessible-by-boat) community on the Atlantic Coast.
• Make smoothies in a bicycle-powered blender.
• Witness the elation of people gaining ...
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New video features Solar Energy International's RD102: Solar Electricity for the Developing World workshop in Costa Rica

Posted by: april on October 22, 2010


Video by Solar Energy International alum Christopher Black.


Have you ever been to Costa Rica? Are you interested in eco-tourism? What if you could travel to a beautiful rainforest and help bring solar energy to a remote village?

 To kick off the new year in 2011, Solar Energy International is proudly offering its popular RD102: Solar Electricity for the Developing World hands-on workshop Jan 1-9, in Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica.

Join SEI for an exciting destination training with our Renewable Energy for the Developing World program. The ...
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Next steps in your renewable energy and solar training

Posted by: april on September 17, 2010
At Solar Energy International, we often hear from alumni who want to know what training they should take next. We recommend branching out to the various related and relevant training opportunities SEI has to offer.

Do you have previous solar energy training? Have you ever wondered how your solar skills fit into the bigger picture of building energy and design, or even beyond borders in the developing world? Solar Energy International has the answer in our Green Building Design & Construction - Online course, starting Sept. 27. This course shows how ...
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A first-hand look at solar training in Costa Rica

Posted by: april on July 6, 2010
By Carrie Schaffner
Solar Energy International Work-Trader - Summer 2010 

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica to take part in a Solar Energy International workshop, "Renewable Energy for the Developing World." I spent 10 days in the Talamanca Mountains with an incredible group of people eager to learn more about the potential for renewable energy.

The workshop was held at Durika, a self-sufficient, sustainable community created by a group of mindful Costa Ricans and a few foreigners. We started each day with yogurt from the resident ...
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