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It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

Posted by: chris
September 30, 2013
Kathy Swartz, Executive Director
After leaving SEI's potluck a little over a week ago for our PV201L, our grid-tied lab week, I took some time to reflect.  What a night!

Between 32 students, their spouses and family, the instructors, staff, a board member, and friends of SEI, there were over 50 people. You should have seen the spread of food that people brought--heaping plates of local goodness, a lot of meat, growlers from the Revolution Brewery. We watched the Harvest Moon rise over the mountains. A student played his guitar and Sandy from our business office sang.

Eventually there was a bonfire. Everywhere I looked, people were happy--talking to one another about solar, how they could work together on projects, this equipment, that equipment, realizing how small this world really is. People from Guam, WY, Switzerland, NYC, Nigeria, VA, Mexico, CO, OH, and all states in between.

A year or two ago, one of our competitors wrote that there's this solar school in Colorado where all they do is sit around the campfire. I thought of this tonight as this large group stood around the bonfire. After a challenging day installing PV equipment at our training facility, they were still talking solar. There is a magic that happens when you gather passionate people with similar goals together under a starry sky, feed them well, and surround them with experts who challenge them. Tonight there just happened to be a fire.

Feeling grateful to be part of an organization that has created this magic for 22 years.

~Kathy Swartz, Executive Director

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