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Would you like to teach for SEI? To meet their growing demand for our workshops SEI is looking for experienced PV installers and designers to join our team of in-person and online PV instructors.  Be a part of our 18-year teaching legacy and teach with other experts in the field.  As an online instructor, you can work from anywhere with a high-speed internet connection. As an in-person instructor, you get to travel the country and world with interesting PV experts. Please email your resume and cover letter to Kris Sutton if you are interested and qualified.
Learn about Appropriate Technology in Chiapas, Mexico
Solar Hot Water workshop on Guemes Island, WA
A biodigestor turning animal waste into cooking fuel in Mexico
Want to learn how to improve people's lives in the developing world with appropriate technology? Learn about biodigestors, efficient cookstoves, water filtration systems, ecological waste treatment, rainwater catchment and more at the Appropriate Technology for the Developing World workshop in Chiapas, Mexico, April 19 - 25.

Other upcoming hands-on workshops include:

And there are still a few spaces available in the upcoming Building for the Future Online Course, February 23 - April 5

New Workshops for Solar Businesses
BWB eco-house

SEI is excited to offer a new workshop for solar salespeople, solar business owners, and anyone wanting to get into the solar industry.

Solar Sales, Marketing, & Economics
March 2 - 3, Ontario, CA
April 17 - 18, Califon, NJ

Learn secrets for setting up a solid and effective sales team, and how to generate cost effective leads for and with them. The strategic insights you'll glean from this course will save and/or earn you thousands in increased sales and avoided mistakes. This rigorous interactive workshop is designed to help you make the most accurate and compelling financial case possible for the value of PV systems.

Utility Scale Solar
Grand Canyon
photo courtesy of SunEdison
While the pace of installations of distributed solar systems for homes and businesses has steadily risen over the past few years, utilities have mostly stayed out of the picture. However that appears to be changing now as more and more utilities are looking at solar energy as a major contributor to their current and future renewable energy portfolios.

The shift has occurred for a number of reasons, including rising fossil fuel prices, renewable portfolio standards (RPS) coming into effect in many states, and an American public that is becoming increasingly interested in renewable energy sources.

To find out more about what certain utilities are doing to incorporate more renewable energy read the entire article at
Solar Energy for Gaza
Jasmine Brown
SEI teamed up with Engineers without Borders International and SunEnergy Power International to provide a week-long, hands-on solar photovoltaics training for engineers in the West Bank, Palestine. The workshop included 11 engineers from several of the cities throughout the West Bank, representing Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, and other locations. SEI instructor Walt Ratterman led the training which included classes on basic design of solar systems, maintenance issues, discussions on all of the specific components of a system, and applications to real-life examples in Palestine.

EWB is committed to moving forward on several fronts and has already started a committee to continue to pursue appropriate applications of solar power in Palestine. They have a proposal in progress for one of the project sites that we visited, and are working on a second. Plans are in the works to provide another training in Gaza for the people who were unable to attend this class due to mobility restrictions in the country.
Good Jobs, Green Jobs
green jobs conference
Winona LaDuke and Van Jones speak about Green Jobs
Good Jobs, Green Jobs was the theme of a national conference held in Washington D.C. earlier this month, organized in part by the Blue Green Alliance, United Steel Workers and the Sierra Club.  The conference was filled with two and a half days of uplifting and inspiring discussions around creating a green growth alliance equipped with the tools, training, and technologies that will improve our quality of life.

SEI Executive Director Johnny Weiss and Marketing Director Matthew Harris, attended the DC conference and discussed renewable energy training with Native American activists Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth and Bob Gough of the Inter Tribal Council on Utility Policy. They also spoke to hundreds of conference participants about the merits of renewable energy education as an important first step towards a solar career.

Van Jones, founder of Green for All, proclaimed,  “this is a redemptive movement, a noble movement . . . The labor movement is going to be bigger, and bolder, and greener, and more diverse, and will be the pillar of a new pro democracy movement.  A Green Economy offers the best hopes for a people, nation, and species.”

To find out more about who attended the 2009 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference and for a list of all the proceedings and workshops visit
Renewable Energy Technology Conference
SEI workshop
The Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition (RETECH 2009) is ACORE's premier trade gathering of the all-renewable energy industry in the United States. This three-day premier event features a trade show with 250+ exhibitors, six tracks of business conference sessions on each renewable energy technology, and multiple business-to-business side events. 

Solar Energy International associates are eligible for a special $100 discount offer when registering for RETECH 2009! To take advantage of the SEI discount, simply type "sei100" into the discount code box when registering online at

SEI is proud to be an official Supporting Organization of RETECH 2009.  Please take advantage of your discount and join us at the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 25-27, 2009.
Your Generosity Ensures our Success!
SEI workshop
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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