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SEI Upcoming international workshops
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SEI has some exciting workshops coming up, including a PV training in Spanish in Puerto Rico! Our other workshops include learning about appropriate technology and permaculture at an organic farm in Ecuador and learning about sustainable community development in a rural community in Nicaragua.

If you like to travel, and want to learn about exciting projects in other parts of the world, check out the opportunities below:

SEI Executive Director wins E-Chievement Award
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SEI’s Executive Director, Johnny Weiss, has been nominated by E-Town, a weekly radio program heard coast to coast, to receive the E-Chievement Award.  This award honors people who are working to make a lasting difference in their communities and beyond. One of E-Town's most popular segments, the E-Chievement Award asks listeners from around the country to send in tales of remarkable individuals who are working hard to make a positive difference.

E-Town’s mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. 
Will Emerging Markets Make Renewable Energy More Democratic?
Jasmine Brown
photo: Jennifer Berg-Gill
Think of the renewable-energy market as an oligarchy, with a handful of countries making up by far a super majority. The top 10 wind countries, for example, represented a whopping 87.8 percent of the wind market last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). And in solar, even just the top two markets -- Spain and Germany -- accounted for 72.9 percent of the total world market, with the top 10 making up 96.5 percent, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.

However, as more countries pass a variety of climate-change legislation, industry insiders predict that — in the coming years — the clean-energy oligarchy will become ever more democratic.

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Toxic Waste Pits Planned for Hovenweep Area
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Hovenweep National Monument protects six prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages spread over a twenty-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border. The nearby Canyon of the Ancients National Monument contains more than 6,000 archaeological sites representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures. The newest neighbor to these two national monuments could be the "Outdoor Recycling Facility", a site which will receive, treat and recycle exploration and production materials from oil and gas drilling in the region.

This proposed plan would create 40 acres of open waste pits that would have lead, mercury, uranium and other unknown chemicals.  These pits will cover over four acres of ponds that endangered eagles, herons and ospreys call home. The pits are to sit next to prime camping, hunting, climbing, and hiking areas.

Learn more about what you can do to keep the area healthy and toxic waste free at Hovenweep Alliance or Kiko’s House.
Alumni News - Renewable Energy in the Bahamas
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SEI alum Josh Moman led a team of students from Hocking College of Ohio in a solar PV installation at the Forfar Field Station on Andros, the largest island in the Bahamas.  Hosted by International Field Studies, this Renewable Energy class is part of a semester abroad for students from the college.  Each year a new group participates in a project that contributes to the sustainability of the Field Station. 

After installing the 1.1 kW grid-tied PV system, the students had the opportunity to service the field station’s Skystream wind turbine, due to damage from sustained winds of over 50 knots during last year’s hurricane season.

Since then, Josh has been on nearby Exuma island teaching people about solar ovens and simple solar hot water systems.
Upcoming Events
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Introducción de Energía Solar
Fechas numerosas · Diferentes partes de Mexico
Talleres teóricos-prácticos en donde los participantes conocerán los elementos básicos de instalación de paneles fotovoltáicos.

Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development
in Cuba

July 3 - 12 · Cuba
An environmental research tour and participation in the 7th International Conference on the Environment and Sustainable Development in Havana

2nd Annual Boulder County Green Building Conference
July 17 - 18 · Boulder, CO
a two-day educational event geared for Boulder County professionals, government affiliates, students and interested business owners.

August 20 - 22 · Aspen, CO
An event which promotes public understanding and involvement in the local, regional and national efforts to reduce green house gas emissions and promote renewable energy
Your Generosity Ensures our Success!
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SEI would like to welcome 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!
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