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Due to the high demand for PV training SEI is offering more PV workshops this fall. Check our website for the new Grid-Tied PV, Advanced PV, and PV Online workshops . We also have a new employment opportunity for a marketing coordinator (see story below).
New Online Course Offered: Renewables for the Developing World!
PV on Taquile Island, Peru
Want to learn what it takes to successfully accomplish sustainable development projects with renewable energy technologies in the developing world? SEI is offering a new online course, Renewable Energy for the Developing World Online! Participants will learn about effective technology transfer methods and the social & cultural issues of working in the developing world, as well as setting up infrastructure and the economics and financing of renewable energy projects. Case studies will be presented on solar cooking, rural household electrification, rural health care, and micro-enterprises using renewable energy. Also, if you like to travel, and want to learn about exciting projects in other parts of the world, check out the opportunities below:
SEI Alumni Group on LinkedIn
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Thanks to our students, staff, alumni and affiliates, 2009 has proven to be an amazing period of growth for SEI. In the coming weeks and months ahead we will be rolling out several exciting new offerings and want to make sure that the SEI alumni community is up-to-speed. Please join SEI’s newly formed Alumni Group on Linkedin.

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site mainly used for professional networking. As of May 2009, it had more than 40 million registered users, spanning 170 industries. We've created this group as a forum for you to connect with other SEI alum, share industry information and news, and any networking or job opportunities you come across. This is your group to help facilitate information sharing and networking. Your participation is vital to its success. SEI Alum Lance Schnepp is your LinkedIn SEI Alumni Group moderator.

Click here to Join LinkedIn, and the SEI Alumni Group. If you have any questions about how to join the Alumni Group on LinkedIn, please contact Lance at
Obama Administration Awards More than $153 Million for State Energy Programs in Seven States and Territories
Steven Chu
US Energy Secretary Steven Chu
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced more than $153 million in Recovery Act funding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New York, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Under DOE's State Energy Program (SEP), states and territories have proposed statewide plans that prioritize energy savings, create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative is part of the Obama Administration's national strategy to support job growth, while making a historic down payment on clean energy and conservation.

"This funding will provide an important boost for state economies, help to put Americans back to work, and move us toward energy independence," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy while insisting that taxpayer dollars be spent responsibly."

Read the entire story on the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

Enabling Community Solar in North America
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photo credit: Sunsense Solar Electric
Because of its distributed nature, solar is an intimate resource. But not everyone has the opportunity to invest in solar due to siting issues and cost. What about individuals who might want to own part of a solar system? Quite often in North America, that is a difficult option. Listen to the podcast on which looks at how that is changing as new laws are being created to encourage cooperative ownership of solar.
  • Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association talks about the importance of engaging citizens in the energy debate.

  • Author and Renewable Energy Advocate Paul Gipe outlines the benefits that the new Ontario Feed-in Tariff will bring to local communities.

  • Dana Hall, Energy Policy Coordinator at the Pace Energy and Climate Center describes the potential barriers to enabling larger amounts of community solar.

  • Rachel Huang, Senior Project Manager at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District tells us about the utility's Solar Shares program.
Click here for the podcast
SEI Job Opening - Marketing Coordinator
BWB eco-house
Solar Energy International, a non-profit leader in renewable energy education, is seeking a full time, year round Marketing Coordinator. SEI is hiring a team player with great multitasking skills, a proven ability to meet deadlines, experience with social media and online marketing, strong verbal/written skills, and a sense of humor to join our team. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to by July 17th 2009. Position is located in Paonia/Carbondale, CO. No phones call please.
Upcoming Events
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Green Expo Tulum 2009
August 7-8, 2009 · Tulum, Mexico
A 2-day event with exhibitions, conferences and workshops on sustainable development, renewable energy and green construction.

Introducción de Energía Solar, Sistemas FV Conectados a Baterias 14-16 de Agosto, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Este curso, mostrará el sistema de celdas fotovoltaicas conectadas a un sistema de baterías, las diferentes tipos de baterías y su mantenimiento y la instalación práctica de paneles solares conectados a baterías.

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

10th Annual Sustainable Living Fair
September 19 - 20 Fort Collins, CO
A hands-on, family oriented event designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about modern living practices, renewable energy solutions, environmental & social responsibility in their daily lives, green building, local economies and much more.
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!
Help create a sustainable future. Please forward this newsletter to your friends.

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