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Another stellar crew of work-traders pass through Solar Energy International

Posted by: april on August 3, 2010
By Ben de Lieris, Solar Energy International summer 2010 work-trader

Solar Energy International has an incredible work-trade program that allows people interested in renewable energy and sustainable building to trade eight weeks of work for eight weeks of workshops. This summer SEI was lucky to have three amazing work-traders who now join the ranks of hundreds of work-traders who have come through Solar Energy International.



 
Ben de Leiris grew up in Newport, Rhode Island and graduated in 2009 from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he ...
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Solar spill or oil spill? You choose

Posted by: laurie on July 15, 2010


By Rachel Connor and Matthew Harris, Solar Energy International's Sustainable Building Program CoordinatorsIdentifying me as an environmentalist long ago, many of my friends, acquaintances and relatives rightfully assume I’m up in arms about the oil catastrophe in the Gulf. They have anger and helplessness in their voices as they passionately express disbelief that oil is still gushing, animals are dying and there is no end in sight. I can empathize with these feelings – I have them all too often.

As with most human-caused disasters, the aftermath has been ...
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Nicaraguan communities embrace solar and wind

Posted by: laurie on July 14, 2010
By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Solar Energy International's International Program Director

In the mountains of northern Nicaragua lies a small community that has brought new meaning to the words “solar power.” They not only power much of the community with solar electricity, and cook many of their meals in solar ovens, but have become greatly empowered through the renewable energy projects they have undertaken.

Sabana Grande is a small community of about 200 families in the province of Totogalpa. It lies near the Honduran border, where much of the Contra war happened in ...
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Renewable energy teacher trainings a hit!

Posted by: april on July 13, 2010
View allGet your own By Noah Davis
SEI Solar in Schools CoordinatorSolar Energy International would like to thank everyone who helped make both of our Renewable Energy for Educators teacher trainings huge successes this year.

We trained 29 teachers and non-formal educators hailing from both coasts and many points in between - including one teacher from Canada. Within these workshops we strive not only to show how our Solar In the Schools outreach program teaches youth, but also to create a fertile, open environment in which teachers can grow their own ideas - ...
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Where in the world is Paonia?

Posted by: april on July 9, 2010
By Kathy Swartz
Solar Energy International Renewable Energy Education Program Team Leader
Based at SEI's Paonia, Colorado eco-campus

So you're signed up for an SEI workshop in Western Colorado, and you're wondering what to expect when you get to the small town called Paonia. What's it like? What's there to do?

I've found that students' experience in Paonia goes something like this: You arrive on Sunday and the thought passes through your head of "Where in the heck am I and who is this SEI???" And by the end of the week, you tend to linger a little ...
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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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Online vs. Classroom vs. Hands-on Solar Training

Posted by: april on July 2, 2010
By Liz Merry

Originally published by Solar Today "Ask Ms. Liz" Columnist, republished by Renewable Energy World:

People learn differently. You may be a great book learner, while I have to touch and move something around to get the book information to make sense to me. Or perhaps having an instructor present the book information through lectures and slides is most effective for you. Or you might prefer an even balance between all three - reading, in-person instruction and hands-on training. 

Call me technically challenged, but it turns out I am in ...
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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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Solar Energy International’s New Digs

Posted by: april on May 28, 2010


Rachel Connor, SEI's sustainable building program coordinator, details the organization's newest classroom space for students attending our hands-on Carbondale, Colorado, workshops.  

Carbondale is a distinctive community and I'd like to think it's because Solar Energy International was founded here in 1991. We help add to the character. In this funky mountain town, there is solar everywhere you turn, from the solar farm on the edge of town to nearly all public buildings. We have one of the highest number of straw bale homes per capita of anywhere in the country. ...
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Solar cooking 93 million miles away - and it’s free

Posted by: april on May 18, 2010
SEI's resident solar cooker Matthew Harris loves solar cooking. Here's why:

The sun represents so many things to the planet. Without it we would not survive for very long. It takes only eight minutes for the sun to reach the earth, 93 million miles in just 8 minutes. The amount of solar energy intercepted by the Earth every minute is greater than the amount of energy the world uses in fossil fuels each year. For me the sun represents many things as well, but this time of year it symbolizes the most inspiring thing I like to do with the sun which is to solar cook. Solar cooking has ...
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