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Issue 86 - June 2010
New Workshops at SEI!
Women's PV
Are you taking the NABCEP exam and needing to brush up on your battery-based system knowledge? Or are you just interested in knowing more about battery-based systems? Be one of the first to take SEI’s new PV 203: Battery-based Solar Electric Systems and Code Criteria – Online!

SEI's Renewable Energy for the Developing World workshop also has a new approach this year, with many different hands-on projects such as building an energy efficient wood stove, installing stand-alone PV systems, and constructing LED lights.

And SEI is offering two new Advanced workshops this year. For teachers wanting to bring renewable energy into their classrooms, and for women wanting to get into the PV industry, check out our advanced workshops below!

Solar for Roofers
NRCA training
NRCA logo
Jim Kirby of NRCA
and Kris Sutton of SEI
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recently partnered with SEI to offer a series of trainings for roofing contractors. These trainings were held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and Dallas. The trainings were intended to give roofers a better awareness of photovoltaic systems and to inform them of opportunities within the solar industry, safety concerns and best practices as it relates to PV.

The trainings were conducted by Jim Kirby of the NRCA, Monica Cameron of Diamond Roofing and Solar, and Kris Sutton, an SEI PV Trainer. Though the first round has ended, the NRCA and SEI will be offering more of these workshops at the end of 2010 and in 2011. For more information, visit the NRCA website.

SEI Moves into New Non-Profit Center
Third Street Center
Some of the tenants at the new Third Street Center - photo by Judy Olesen
SEI has expanded into our new facilities in the recently completed Third Street Center (TSC). The Center is an Elementary School which was converted into a green facility that maintains affordable space for community and regional nonprofit organizations. The emphasis was on reduced waste, the use of recycled & local materials, excellent indoor air quality for our staff & students and supporting innovative companies that have a goal of achieving a zero environmental footprint in the near future. SEI's new classroom features:
  • Zero-VOC paints
  • Interface carpet – recycled and 100% recyclable tile flooring
  • Daylight optimization
  • Locally sourced beetle-kill woods
Our new classroom facility is a true learning laboratory for those focused on implementing sustainability in their schools, community, homes or businesses. Check out the latest blog entry on our website.

Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands
Rosebud Training
photo credit: Trees, Water & People
The Rosebud Reservation has been at the forefront of tribal renewable energy development, which made for a great location to explore the future of Native American renewable energy innovations and opportunities. Renewables on Tribal Homelands: A Rosebud Sioux Tribe Renewable Energy Conference was held in April at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Sponsored by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Trees, Water & People, Lakota Solar Enterprise, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the conference focused on how to bring renewable energy to tribal communities.

The conference was a success, with 173 registered attendees, including representatives of the Oglala Sioux, Spirit Lake, Potawatomi Nation, Ponca, Ute Mountain, Sac & Fox, and Red Lake Tribes, as well as many members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

To learn more about SEI's Native American Program to help bring renewables to the Reservations, click here.

Susy Ellison Wins Environmental Educator Award
Susy Ellison
photo credit: Trees, Water & People
SEI instructor and Yampah Mountain High School Teacher Susy Ellison recently received the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award, given by the National Environmental Education Foundation, which recognizes teachers who inspire their students and their peers.

Susy has been teaching for 23 years, and has engaged her high school students in straw bale construction, PV installation, biodiesel production, and the solar decathlon. She also teaches in SEI's Renewable Energy for Educators workshops. Susy will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to meet with environmental leaders and the staff of the National Environmental Education Foundation. More than 80 teachers were nominated for the award.

For more information read the entire article in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, and learn more about SEI's Solar in the Schools program here.

Bringing Down the Installed Cost of Solar PV
PV installation
Companies all along the solar supply chain are working hard to reduce the cost of their products. But the buck ultimately stops with the installer, who delivers the product to the consumer. By creating products and building training programs that help the installer do his job more efficiently, the cost of developing a project will inevitably fall.

Listen to the podcast of a roundtable discussion from the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Conference on

The Power of One - Solar Car Project
XOF1 solar car
SEI folks had a chance to meet Marcelo de Luz at Solar2010 in Phoenix in May. Marcelo's dream was to create and build a solar car that would set world distance records. Since then, Marcelo and the Power of One (Xof1) project team have been traveling around the world to promote their mission and commitment.

XOF1 has never been plugged into the grid, has crossed the continental divide 8 times, traveled over 1200 miles on gravel roads, conquered the infamous Dempster Highway at its worst since it was built 40 years ago, and is the first solar car to drive on an ice road and to reach the Arctic Circle. XOF1 will be driving from Inuvik, Northern Canada, to the tip of South America, sharing ideas and seeking pledges from cities and communities along the route to promote sustainable living and raise awareness on Climate change.

To learn more or to become a sponsor, click here, and be sure to check out this video of the first solar powered skiing.

Upcoming Events
MREF logo
The Energy Fair
June 18 - 20, 2010 - Custer, WI

The nation's premiere energy education event, with over 275 exhibitors and 200 workshops.

Colorado Renewable Energy Conference
June 18 - 20, 2010 - Montrose, CO

"Clean Energy: Let's Get to Work!" - A conference sponsored by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and the Denver Montrose Electric Association.

Intersolar North America
July 13 - 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA

Exhibition and conference on the solar industry in North America.

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

New Workshops at SEI!

Susy Ellison Wins Environmental Educator Award

SEI Moves into New Non-Profit Center

Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands


Bringing Down the Installed Cost of Solar PV

The Power of One - Solar Car Project

Upcoming Events

Your Generosity Ensures our Success!

Featured Workshop
Grid-Direct Solar Electric Systems and Code Criteria
July 19 - 23, Carbondale, CO

Hands-On Workshops

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Solar Electric Fundamentals & Grid Direct Design
July 12 - 16, Flagstaff, AZ
August 2 - 6, Boulder, CO

Grid Direct Solar Electric Lab Week
June 21 - 25, Paonia, CO
June 28 - July 2, Paonia, CO

Renewable Energy for the Developing World
August 2 - 6,Carbondale, CO

Straw Bale Construction and Natural Plasters
Aug 30 - Sept 3, Paonia, CO

Online Courses

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Please register early. These courses will fill.

Building for the Future: Sustainable Home Design
June 21 - August 1, Online

Solar Electric Fundamentals and Grid-Direct Design
June 21 - July 25, Online

Grid Direct PV Systems and Code Criteria
July 5 - August 15, Online

International Workshops

Sign up early to reserve your seat.

Renewable Energy and Nature Tour of Costa Rica
November 7 - 18, COSTA RICA

Renewable Energy for Rural Villages
December 1 - 9, NICARAGUA

Wind Power for Rural Communities
December12 - 20, NICARAGUA

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

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