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Issue 83 - March 2010
Solar Sisters Celebrate International Women's Day
Solar Sisters
March 8 was International Women's Day, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The US has declared the whole month of March Women's History Month highlighting contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. In commemmoration of this, SEI will be hosting two women's classes in the month of March. These 1/2 day trainings are perfect preparation for SEI's two-week Women's PV workshop in June in Colorado and one-week Women's Advanced PV workshop in August in Minnesota.

Upcoming SEI Workshops
RE for Educators
SEI has some new exciting workshops coming up in the next few months. If you are an educator and want some longer hands on projects that can be used when teaching youth about renewables, SEI has a very exciting opportunity for you in our Advanced Renewable Energy for Educators workshop. Participants will build solar suitcases bound for overseas clinics, construct wattle-and-daub birdhouses, and create a model village powered by a solar grid.

There are also some exciting international opportunities coming up. Join a trip to Cuba to learn about the island's amazing work in renewable energy and energy efficiency, or join us at an organic farm in Ecuador where you will learn about sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology, and natural building!
And many more upcoming workshops on Guemes Island, in Washington state, including Micro-Hydro Power, April 13 - 17.

To find out what's new with PV, check out this Q&A with SEI instructor Carol Weis on PV Training.

Stimulus Suspension Would Put 85,000 Wind Jobs at Risk
Wind turbines
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the wind energy industry reacted strongly to an initiative by four Senators that would suspend crucial renewable energy development incentives in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that the industry views as a huge success and a lifeline in the economic crisis.

“At a time when the construction unemployment rate is nearly 25% and the manufacturing unemployment rate is 13%, this proposal could cost 85,000 American workers their jobs,” AWEA CEO Denise Bode said in a statement. “This proposal would torpedo one of the most successful job creation efforts of the Recovery Act, which has already preserved half of the 85,000 American jobs in the U.S. wind industry.”

Read the entire article on

Alliance for Climate Education
Solar Energy International is proud to have formed a regional partnership with the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). ACE is a national non-profit that provides energetic high-tech climate presentations to high schools across the country. Through presentations and their slick website, ACE is inspiring teenage activists to use social networking sites to promote responsible energy use and renewable energy. Solar In the Schools (SEI’s K-12 outreach program) will be providing renewable energy education to individual classrooms after ACE makes initial whole-school presentations.

Solar Aid for Chile's Earthquake Disaster Regions
Chile earthquake
Following Chile’s massive earthquake and tsunami wave there is a huge amount of damage in the south and countless people homeless and without water or power. will install solar water pumping systems in the hardest hit regions, providing the most important resource these people need, clean water.

If you would like to donate to the relief project please contact

SEI Job Opening
Solar Energy International is seeking to hire a full-time Instructional Designer at the Paonia, CO campus. The Instructional Designer oversees the development and enhancement of SEI’s PV program through technical curriculum review and updates, innovative delivery methods and facilitation of SEI’s PV instructor curriculum presentations, feedback and edits.

Download the full job description by clicking here.

Workshop Discount for SEI alumni
PV workshop
Are you an SEI alum? Those who have completed SEI workshops receive 10% off all future training. Browse our training options and call (970) 963-8855 to register. Please indicate by phone your alumnus status to receive 10% off renewable training enrollment.

Upcoming Events
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Introducción a la Energía Solar
Distintas Fechas - Mexico

Aprende de la instalación de sistemas solares fotovoltaicos con el Instituto Internacional de Recursos Renovables.

Biodigestor workshop
March 23 - 24, 2010 - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

An opportunity to receive professional training in the construction and installation of methane biodigestors

Volunteer in Nicaragua
April 10 - 17, 2010 - Rural Nicaragua

Volunteer with Powr to the People to help install a solar electric system on a rural school in Nicaragua

Solar 2010 - ASES National Solar Conference
May 17 - 22, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ

America’s leading conference on the emerging trends, technology, and opportunities shaping the new energy economy.

6th Annual Small Wind Conference
June 15 - 16, 2010 - Stevens Point, WI

The premier event for small wind-electric system designers and installers, and for those involved in sales, specification, management, funding, and permitting of small wind systems.

Your Generosity Ensures our Success!
SEI welcomes new members! As a membership-based non-profit, SEI's members are the heart of our organization and allow us to continue our educational programs. SEI staff are passionate about the work we do and membership dues help sustain our renewable energy endeavors.

Please join us! Membership benefits include (depending on membership level) discounts on workshops and a one year subscription to either Home Power or E magazine.

Click here for details on how to become an SEI member.

To all SEI members...SEI sends thanks!
In This Issue

Upcoming SEI Workshops

Stimulus Suspension Would Put 85,000 Wind Jobs at Risk

Alliance for Climate Education

Solar Aid for Chile's Earthquake Disaster Regions

SEI Job Opening

Workshop Discount for SEI alumni

Upcoming Events

Your Generosity Ensures our Success!

Featured Workshop
Solar Hot Water
June 14- 18, Fontana (SunEarth Inc.), CA

Join SEI for their new and improved Solar Hot Water workshop, including hands-on labs for five different system types. Taught by expert instructors Chuck Marken, Home Power and Solar Pro Thermal Editor, and Tim Dawson.

Hands-On Workshops

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Solar Electric Fundamentals & Grid Direct Design
March 15 - 19, Sacramento, CA
Mar. 29 - Apr. 2, Salt Lake City, UT
Mar. 29 - Apr. 3, Guemes Isl, WA

Solar Hot Water
April 5 - 9, Guemes Island, WA
June 14 - 18, Fontana, CA

Building for the Future: Sustainable Home Design
May 10 - 14, Carbondale, CO

Online Courses

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Please register early. These courses will fill.

Solar Electric Fundamentals and Grid-Direct Design
April 5 - May 9, Online

Grid Direct PV Systems and Code Criteria
May 10 - June 20, Online

International Workshops

Sign up early to reserve your seat.

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency in Cuba
April 2 - 11, CUBA

Ecology, Permaculture, & Natural Building
June 7 - 15, ECUADOR

Browse Workshops
International - Rural Development

Micro-Hydro Power

Renewable Energy for Educators

Solar Electricity (Photovoltaics)

Solar Thermal

Sustainable Building

Sustainable Transportation

Wind Power

Women's Workshops

SEI welcomes new business members:

Imperium Consulting Inc · Bloomfield, MI

One Way Electric · Phoenix, AZ

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