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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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Colorado Gives Day extended to noon Dec. 7 - Donate today!

Posted by: april on December 7, 2011


By Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate

Thanks so much to those of you who have already donated to Solar Energy International during Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 6. Your gift to support our outreach and renewable education in schools and around the world will go further with the Incentive Funds provided by FirstBank. Colorado Gives Day has surpassed our expectations and it's because of supporters like you!

Donate here today until noon.

Some of you may have had difficulty in accessing the givingfirst.org website because of the ...
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Support SEI's Renewable Energy Education and Outreach on Colorado Gives Day

Posted by: april on December 6, 2011
By Holly Loff, Solar Energy International Development Associate

Happy Colorado Gives Day!

Celebrate with a donation to Solar Energy International today. 

Today, and today only, every donation made to SEI at www.givingfirst.org/solarenergy gets a boost from the First Bank Incentive Fund. 

LATEST NEWS! As of 11 a.m. MST, SEI has rasied $1,770!

Donations support SEI's mission-driven programs and bring us closer to achieving our 2012 outreach goals to: 

Provide more Walt Ratterman scholarships for ...
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Solar Energy International Hosts Renewable Energy Expert Alex Zahnd in Carbondale

Posted by: april on November 21, 2011
  Join Solar Energy International and renewable energy expert Alex Zahnd, co-founder of Rural Integrated Development Service-Nepal (RIDS-Nepal), as he describes how his organization improves lives for people in rural communities of the Himalayas. Alex lived and worked in one of the remotest and poorest mountain communities in Nepal, helping provide holistic solutions to community development.

Through solar lighting systems, fuel-efficient stoves, greenhouses, solar driers, pit latrines, and water filtration systems, RIDS-Nepal has improved the overall living, health and hygiene ...
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A Summer of Solar Training Through the Eyes of a Work-Trader, Part Two

Posted by: april on August 29, 2011
By Tasha Azizi, SEI Work-Trader

In my previous blog as a solar training work-trader for Solar Energy International, I mentioned that I first heard about SEI as I was researching for some social good my old utility scale solar company could partake in. I thought, "Well, we have lots of money ... Let's help people with it." I was slightly naïve about these efforts but as I was investigating, I came across SEI and the class Renewable Energy for the Developing World (REDW). I continuously went back to the SEI website and checked out what their classes were all about. I ...
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A Summer of Solar Training Through the Eyes of a Work-Trader, Part One

Posted by: april on July 25, 2011
By Tasha Azizi, SEI Work-Trader

This summer, I recently completed two solar training classes with Solar Energy International (SEI). Although the classes about renewable energy for the developing world caught my attention at first, I always wanted to learn more hands-on, technical skills about solar.

This summer I made it happen.

I have worked at a utility-scale solarcompany, a green building and supply store, as well as a wind developer prior to my workshops with SEI. I am not an engineer or an electrician to say the least. My background is more on the ...
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Solar Training: Online or In-person?

Posted by: april on April 18, 2011
By Dan Giese, Solar Energy International Registration and Programs Assistant

Online or in-person? That is the solar training question.

I routinely speak to potential Solar Energy International workshop participants who ask this question. The answer is more objective than not, as both options have their particular advantages. I speak to this quite often when I'm helping people register over the phones here at SEI. Here's my summation:

Online

Our online courses are time convenient, requiring approximately six weeks to complete an ...
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A change in seasons sparks energy efficiency retrofits

Posted by: matthew@solarenergy.org on October 27, 2010
By Matthew Harris, Sustainable Building Program Coordinator

Well I have to say this fall has been eventful. I'm teaching Solar Energy International's online course on Green Building Design & Construction, where we look at applying building science and green design strategies to the built environment.

That’s my professional life. I spend my days working with course participants so they understand how these principles can be strategically and effectively implemented into their living situations.

Flip to my personal life, and things appear to be a ...
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Online learning in renewable energy education at your fingertips

Posted by: matthew@solarenergy.org on September 24, 2010
By Matthew Harris, Sustainable Building Program Coordinator

It has been said, "The World Wide Web (W3) was developed to be a pool of human knowledge, and human culture, which would allow collaborators in remote sites to share their ideas and all aspects of a common project." As I sit here today and type this blog via the web, and as you are reading this on the Internet, we are in fact fulfilling the web's mission. I'm not sure if the founders of the web could possibly imagine the breadth and speed at which their technology has affected the world. In our day and age of ...
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Celebrating renewable energy in Wisconsin

Posted by: april on June 19, 2010
By April E. Clark
Solar Energy International's Energy Fair Correspondent


CUSTER, Wisconsin — I love renewable energy industry conferences.

As of this weekend's event  — the 21st Midwest Renewable Energy Fair (MREF) in Custer, Wisc. — I am four deep. I met many of my new solar friends (great industry folks I see at all the conferences now) at Solar Power International in Anaheim, Calif, last October.

There were men and women in suits. Booths with espresso. And meats on a stick.

This weekend's Energy Fair is a ...
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