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Free Webinar: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes

Posted by: april on November 3, 2010
Webinar: A Natural Approach to High Performance Energy Star Homes

The 2nd St. L.I.F.E. Project (Low Impact Future-proof Ecohouse) is a demonstration of compact, sustainable, affordable living on an infill lot in downtown Carbondale, Colorado. Through a widely collaborative design process involving local and national contributors, the project serves to educate the design community, building professionals and homeowners about approaches that maximize high performance, low cost, natural and low-embodied energy materials and techniques in a compact passive design reducing the ...
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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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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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What's special about Guemes Island workshops?

Posted by: april on October 5, 2010
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Education Program Team Leader  

For the past 15 years, Guemes Island has been the location for more than 100 Solar Energy International workshops. Why here, you may ask? Why this small, residential island that's home to approximately 800 year-round residents and only 8.2 square miles in size?

Back in the mid-1990s, Ian Woofenden approached SEI and asked about offering workshops on a small island in the San Juan Islands chain. Ian, who has lived on Guemes Island for more than 30 years and has raised his large family off-grid ...
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Solar Energy International introduces Solar Business and Technical Sales online course

Posted by: april on September 29, 2010
By April E. Clark, Solar Energy International Marketing Communications Coordinator

Over the last year, Solar Energy International has seen the renewable energy industry grow by leaps and bounds. We have received an overwhelming interest from our students and alumni for more business-focused curriculum that relies on SEI's 20 years of solar business experience and industry relationships.

SEI is listening.

In response to the demand for comprehensive solar business training, Solar Energy International introduces its new PVOL206: Solar Business and Technical ...
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Solar Energy International offers free "Understanding the Solar Business" webinar

Posted by: april on September 27, 2010
Free webinar - Understanding the Solar Business - an Insider's Guide to Success with Jeff Spies - Sept. 28 @ 10 a.m. PST

Join Solar Energy International as solar consultant Jeff Spies covers topics in how to be successful in the solar business and provides a special announcement about the launch of SEI's Solar Business and Technical Sales online course.

Jeff Spies is president of SolarSpies - a solar training and consulting firm. He is also the secretary for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) - the industry certification ...
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Solar Energy International featured in U.S. Department of Energy training story

Posted by: april on September 27, 2010


Solar Energy International executive director and co-founder Johnny Weiss is featured in a U.S. Department of Energy training story published Sept. 24, 2010, on the Energy Empowers website. Learn about the Rocky Mountain Solar Training Program (RMSTP) in the Western with SEI's partners, Salt Lake Community College and the Utah Solar Energy Association.

Click here to read the story.


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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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Taking action to grow solar

Posted by: april on September 22, 2010
By Erin Wickersham, Social Media Manager, Tigercomm

Americans love solar energy and 92 percent of them are demanding greater access to it.

It's hard to get that many Americans to agree on anything - let alone something as politically charged as energy. And yet, solar energy generates that kind of support.

Americans understand that solar is a solution to many of the problems facing us today. Solar reduces pollution. It reduces our use of finite energy sources. And it reduces our dependence on foreign sources of oil.

Despite these real and ...
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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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