Upcoming Hands-on Workshops
Solar Hot Water
October 4 - 8 -- Paonia, CO
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PV Growth in the US |
A recent report titled "US Photovoltaic Market Analysis"
reports that the US PV industry registered phenomenal growth in 2009 despite the recession. It also states that the industry is expected to add around 0.87 GW of annual PV installations in 2010. To meet the growing demand, SEI is offering PV workshops in more locations than ever
before. Check out the PV101 workshops below:
September 13 - 17, Fayetteville, AR
October 11 -16, Guemes Island, WA
October 18 - 22, Ontario, Canada
November 8 - 12, Boulder, CO
November 15 - 19, Bordentown, NJ
- Many upcoming dates online!
Renewables in the Developing World - Get Hands-on Experience!|
A PV-powered school in Nicaragua
If you are interested in learning how renewable energy can make a difference in people's lives in the developing world, SEI has some exciting opportunities coming up this winter.
Participate in hands-on learning in a small Nicaraguan village, Sabana
Grande, which has taken up the challenge of becoming a solar
culture community. Install a solar electric system, build solar battery chargers, and solar cookers, and live with families who can show you the benefits of and
obstacles to using solar energy in their community. Or visit the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua to learn about blueEnergy's approach to sustainable
development. Participate in building a wind turbine and get hands-on
experience with a system in a rural community.
Or head to Costa Rica where you can learn to design and install photovoltaic systems for the developing world. Held at Rancho Mastatal, an environmental learning center, most of the time will be spent in the field, getting our hands dirty, and learning by doing.
Check out an interview with Mathias Craig
, Executive Director of blueEnergy Group, to learn more about their exciting work. And don't miss out on these incredible opportunities!
|Sustainable Building and Developing World Projects - Learn Online!
Renewable energy is one of the most important tools we have to combat a
changing climate. In order for us to make the most out of sun, wind, and
micro-hydro power, we must start by making every home and building
energy efficient. This can happen with smart design in new construction,
smart consumer choices of energy efficient technologies and systems,
and the know-how to build new and retrofit existing structures.
Renewable energy technologies are also one solution to many of the problems that people in the developing world face, in education, health care, agriculture, and micro-enterprise. Implementing renewable energy projects in the developing world, in a sustainable way, can make a huge difference in, and even save, lives.
Learn about both of these above topics through SEI's Online Learning Campus.
Will We Find the "Black Swan" of Clean Energy?|
photo courtesy RenewableEnergyWorld
is a unique time in history for energy inventors and entrepreneurs. As
the need for clean, scalable sources of energy becomes more important,
investors are looking for unique "Black Swan" technologies that could
revolutionize the sector. The trouble is, they're not exactly easy to
find (or create).
The clean energy sector is full of people making claims about
"groundbreaking" and "revolutionary" technologies that will change
entire industries. Many of those claims come from people who don't
recognize or understand the difficulties in achieving meaningful scale
in energy. Some of them come from people who are being intentionally
misleading. But there are thousands of smart, well-intentioned inventors out
there developing all kinds of new technologies. Listen to the RenewableEnergyWorld podcast
where you will meet inventors who are
riding the new
wave of innovation and trying to bring their early-stage technologies to
SEI at Solar Power International 2010|
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. Click here
to register for this course or visit http://bit.ly/akOLoi
. Members of the Solar Electric Power Association
(SEPA) or Solar Energy Industries Association
(national SEIA only), nonprofit organizations or government employees
are eligible for the discounted member rate of $300. The nonmember
workshop rate is $350. Register early, as space is limited.
Also, stop by SEI's booth #1331 during Solar Power International 2010 to say hi!
Featured Alum - Corey Shalanski
Corey Shalanski taught high school science in New York City prior to arriving at SEI in 2008 as a work-trader for the Solar in the Schools outreach program. Although he never actually drove the Solar School bus, Corey's alter ego "SolarMan" was known to swoop down on
local schools and give classroom presentations.
Corey was a Peace Corps
volunteer in Jamaica from 2001-03; he has returned to the island
frequently and continues to use his knowledge gained in SEI workshops
to develop small-scale solar and natural building projects. Currently,
Corey is a field engineer for Alternative Energy Concepts,
a design/build firm in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that specializes
in residential and commercial energy solutions. He is a NABCEP
Certified Solar PV & Solar Thermal Installer and leads training
workshops for Fayetteville Technical Community College.
- Solar Fiesta 2010
September 11 - 12 - Albuquerque, NM
Workshops and exhibitions about renewable energy and sustainable living.
Southwest Renewable Energy Conference
Sept. 14 - 16, 2010 - Santa Fe, NM
Evaluation and discussion of renewable energy development on tribal, federal, state and private lands
- Solar Thermal '10
Sept 30th - Oct. 1st, 2010 - Milwaukee, WI
A National Solar Heating and Cooling Conference and Expo for the solar thermal professional.
- Biogas USA 2010
October 13 - 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA
Leaders of the US biogas industry will examine how
to develop commercially successful biogas projects and address the
latest technological advances in production.