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  Home | Workshops | Membership | Contact   SEI Newsletter, Issue 72 - April 2009  

Frustrated that our PV workshops are full? Don't fear, we have more PV workshops scheduled for the fall. Keep checking the SEI website to see when new dates become available. In the meantime, check out our Sustainable Building workshops, both hands-on and online, which should be your first step towards becoming a renewable energy expert. And if you're interested in bringing these technologies to developing countries see our Renewable Energy for the Developing World workshop.

For more on PV training read a current article highlighting SEI in Electrical Products and Solutions magazine - click here.

SEI's 2nd Annual PV Instructor Training a Success
This March SEI held their 2nd Annual PV Instructor Training.  This training is part of SEI’s commitment to ‘train the trainers’ interested in being part of the PV education workforce.  Held in Paonia, CO at SEI’s trend setting PV training center, the instructor training included three days of reviewing and strengthening course curriculum, and exploring new instructional methods. 

Twenty-four of SEI's thirty PV instructors attended from around the country including three new PV Spanish speaking instructors who came from Mexico.  SEI will soon be debuting a series of Spanish classes with their recently translated Spanish PV Textbook and curriculum.  For those interested in contracting SEI to teach a Spanish PV course, please contact Laurie Stone.

SEI instructor and employee Kris Sutton said “the instructor training was a huge success, not only is it great to bring everyone together from around the country to learn from each other’s experiences but it is also brings to SEI’s curriculum development over 30 years of PV installation and training experience."
Bob Freling of SELF Awarded King Hussein Leadership Prize
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SEI alum and long-time associate Robert Freling was recently awarded the King Hussein Leadership prize by Queen Noor, for his work as Executive Director of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF). SELF's projects provide power for water pumping, health clinics, schools, homes, streetlights, microenterprise, and wireless Internet for communities in the developing world. Bob, along with Neville Williams, the founder of SELF, were speakers at the Aspen Institute's Environment and Energy Forum where the award was presented.

Established in 1999, the King Hussein Leadership Prize is an international award given to individuals, groups or institutions that reflect the late King Hussein's inspiring and courageous leadership in their efforts to promote sustainable development, human rights, tolerance, equity, and peace.

“Mr Freling is a visionary leader working at the intersection of environmental stewardship and sustainable human development,” Queen Noor said while presenting the award, noting that “SELF helps whole villages leapfrog from no reliable energy to affordable, green power that in turn provides access to other basic rights - clean water, education, healthcare, and economic empowerment.”
Stimulus Dollars Begin to Flow
Jasmine Brown
photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) continues to announce more places where stimulus money is to be spent as more funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is allocated.

The DOE Web site has links for funding opportunities offered through the stimulus. Applications for renewable energy projects, advanced fossil energy projects, Smart Grid projects and others will be considered.

The Obama administration also announced US $3.2 billion in funding for local energy efficiency programs in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories and for Native American tribes. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program has the goal of reducing demand for electricity, increasing efficiency and reducing fossil fuel emissions.

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SEI Goes Multi-Media
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SEI has a new energy show which will debut on the Business Channel of the largest internet talk radio station in the country - Voice America, with a listening audience of 2 million per month. We will be talking about energy efficiency practices, introducing the modern world of renewable energy technologies, and just having some great ole radio fun!

SEI’s Solar Energy Show” debuts on May 5, 2009 hosted by SEI's Solar Sister Sandy Pickard, and will be heard every Wednesday at 11:00 – 12:00 AM thru July 29th.  Shows will also be re-broadcast 12 hours later and be archived for On Demand listening. 

If you would like to let folks know about your business in a new type of forum, Internet Radio, you can support your business and support SEI by advertising on the show. Download an advertising form.

Also, check out SEI's Facebook page, and become a fan of SEI!

The SEI non-profit page will keep you in touch with the work SEI does internationally, read up to date news about the SEI Renewable Energy Training Center in Colorado, and keep current with upcoming workshops. Join by searching for Solar Energy International (SEI) in the facebook search query.  You must already have a facebook account to be a fan of SEI. 

You can also become a member of SEI's Groups, including the Solar Sisters group, a discussion group for women working in, or aspiring to be part of the renewable energy industry, and the Renewable Energy for Educators and Youth group which we created for teachers, professors and students around the world to engage in a discussion about renewable energy in the classroom.

We encourage you all to use this social networking tool to expand the conversation about SEI, renewable energy, and sustainable living.  For questions, comments and to submit SEI alumni stories write to

Upcoming Events
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4 Corners Green Living Expo
April 18 - 19 · Durango, CO
An immersion into “green” companies, food vendors, organizations, musicians, clothing companies and more, to help bring to light what is means to live green. Sponsored by Eco Logic Events and SASCO (Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado).

Solar 2009
May 11 - 16 · Buffalo, NY
America’s leading conference on the emerging trends, technology, and opportunities shaping the new energy economy. Sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society.

7th International Conference on the Environment and Sustainable Development
July 6 - 10 · Havana, Cuba
with an Optional Trip Extension for further study and site visits, July 3 - 12
How might U.S. and Cuban environmental scientists work together, in this uncertain environmental and economic time, toward hemispheric sustainability?
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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