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U.S. move to renewable energy alive and well on the ground at AREDAY

Posted by: april on September 1, 2010
By Alexis Halbert, Paonia Campus Management Team

August marked a strange and chilling event - even the glaciers in Greenland were moving faster on climate change than the United States government. But with innovative energy policy taking a backseat to mid-term Washington elections, one thing is clear: America is still moving forward in the transition to a new energy economy and the leadership is coming from the ground up.

The messages at the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) held in Aspen Aug. 19-22 were diverse and the tactics on how to communicate and gain ...
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Further your solar training at Solar Power International 2010 in Los Angeles

Posted by: april on August 25, 2010


 

 

 


CARBONDALE, CO USA - Solar Energy International is going Hollywood.

In conjunction with North America's largest business-to-business solar event - Solar Power International 2010 taking place Oct. 12-14 in Los Angeles - Solar Energy International is hosting a one-day solar installation course. Intermediate Level PV System Installation on Oct. 11 will focus on National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, best practices, and safe working procedures for installing and troubleshooting solar systems.

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How I spent my summer vacation with wind

Posted by: april on August 19, 2010
By Kathy Swartz, Renewable Energy Education Program Team Leader

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Small Wind Conference: A Gathering of Installers, Manufacturers, Dealers and Distributors in Stevens Point, Wisc. More than 350 people, including Solar Energy International instructors Ian Woofenden, Mick Sagrillo and Roy Butler and lots of SEI alumni who stopped by our booth, attended this annual conference.

For those of you who've never had the opportunity to attend the Small Wind Conference, it's the best event I've ever been to. Wind people are ...
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Solar Energy International's Johnny Weiss to speak at AREDAY in Aspen

Posted by: april on August 5, 2010


 

 

 

 


By Noah Davis, Solar In the Schools Coordinator


Solar Energy International is fortunate to have one of the largest renewable energy events taking place this summer in our own backyard. From Aug 19-22, the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) annual conference, held since 2004 in Aspen, Colorado, plays host to a list of notable speakers including Solar Energy International's executive director, Johnny Weiss, on Aug. 21. Johnny will be part of a Saturday afternoon panel discussion ...
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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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