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Issue 77 - September 2009
SEI Launches New Website!
SEI has a new look! Along with the new look to this enewsletter, we also have a new website! Check it out at

This interactive site allows you to register as a site user making it a much simpler process to register for workshops and purchase books online, and also allows you to comment on workshops you have taken.

Electrify a Rural Health Clinic in Nicaragua
Join SEI in this exciting upcoming workshop and participate in hands-on learning in a small Nicaraguan village, Sabana Grande, Madriz, which has taken up the challenge of becoming a solar culture community with the help of Grupo Fenix.

Install a 1 kW solar electric system on the community's health center and community center. Build your own solar battery charger or LED headlamp. Live with families in Sabana Grande who can show you the benefits of and obstacles to using solar energy in their community. Start your day (or afternoon) with solar-roasted coffee from the community's many solar cookers. The Solar Women of Totogalpa will show you their Solar Center which they built themselves out of adobe and will eventually house their solar restaurant.

Learn How to Make Your Own Biodiesel
Piedmont Biofuels is offering a comprehensive Biodiesel Workshop cosponsored by SEI
October 26-30 in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

From humble beginnings as a biodiesel co-op to commercial biodiesel production, Piedmont Biofuels has first hand experience with all scales of sustainable biodiesel production.  They are the smallest BQ9000 certified producer in the world recognized nationally as fuel quality experts and internationally for their biodiesel education programs.  Experience life in a local economy and spend 5 days learning about production, plant design, methanol recovery and glycerin refining, fuel quality testing, regulatory and safety, and the fundamentals of the biodiesel business.  

For more information or to register:

New Magazine for Renewable Energy Professionals
The Renewable Energy World network is offering a new magazine. Renewable Energy World North America serves the renewable energy industry, including power generating utilities, local or central governments, energy advisory or planning agencies, manufacturers of complete renewable energy systems, research or training establishments, aid agencies, large energy users, companies involved directly in renewables, owners/managers of renewable energy sites, consultants in renewable energy and other industries allied to the field.

Click here to subscribe

Green Made Easy
SEI associate and green pioneer Chris Prelitz shares how to be both environmental and economical at the same time in his new book Green Made Easy. Going green is not only good for our planet, it’s good for your pocketbook.

In this book, Chris shares personal experiences, lessons learned, and reflections that humorously touch the heart and inspire the spirit. The chapter “Busting Green Myths” will sway even the most cynical person toward better eco-choices that will also save money. Chris says, “We’re rediscovering that it’s so much healthier, more lucrative, and better for every living thing to transition away from wasteful, polluting technologies and make choices that work in harmony with nature.”


SEI Job Opening - PV Technical Program Manager
SEI is seeking a FT, YR Photovoltaic Technical Manager. If you are a team player with a minimum of 4 years PV installation, curriculum and education development, management experience, the ability to multitask, strong verbal and written communication skills, and a sense of humor, SEI invites you to apply to join our team in Paonia, Colorado. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to by September 18, 2009. No phones call please.

Please download the full job description for more information. .

Upcoming Events
10th Annual Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair
September 25 - 27 - Fredericksbug, TX
This three-day event showcases eco-friendly products and renewable energy solutions that help preserve the environment while reducing carbon output.

ASES National Solar Home Tour
October - Nationwide

The ASES National Solar Tour is the world's largest grassroots solar event. Tour homes and buildings to see how your neighbors are using solar energy to reduce their monthly utility bills -- and how you can too.
  • SEI is organizing a solar home tour in Delta County, Colorado
    October 24 -
  • SEI is participating in the Glenwood - Carbondale solar home tour in Colorado
    October 3 -
International Day of Climate Action
October 24 - Worldwide is calling on people around the world to organize an action on October 24 incorporating the number 350 at an iconic place in their community, and then upload a photo of their event to the website.

Solar Power International
October 25 - 27 - Anaheim, CA

The largest solar conference and expo in the US, with 750 exhibitors and over 20,000 attendees. Come visit SEI in booth 435!

Your Generosity Ensures our Success!
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!
In This Issue
SEI Launches New Website

Electrify a Rural Health Clinic in Nicaragua

Learn to Make Your Own Biodiesel

New Magazine for Renewable Energy Professionals

Green Made Easy

SEI Job Opening

Upcoming Events

Your Generosity Ensures our Success!

Featured Workshop
Sustainable Community Development: Renewable Energy for Rural Villages
November 7 - 14, NICARAGUA

Learn about renewables for the developing world in the developing world..

Hands-On Workshops

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Introduction to Renewable Energy
October 10, Guemes Island, WA

Grid-Tied PV Systems
October 21 - 25, Anaheim, CA
October 26 - 30, Bend, OR
November 9 - 13, Honolulu, HI

Electric Vehicle Conversion
October 26 - 31, Guemes Island, WA

Online Courses
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Please register early. These courses WILL fill.

PV Design Online
October 5 - Nov 15, Online

Building for the Future
October 12 - Nov 22, Online

Advanced PV Online
November 2 - Dec 13, Online

International Workshops

Sign up early to reserve your seat.

Solar Electricity for the Developing World
January 2 - 10, 2010 Rancho Mastatal, COSTA RICA

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency in Cuba
April 2 - 11, 2010 CUBA

Renewable Energy for the Developing World
May 15 - 24, 2010 Fundacion Durika, COSTA RICA

Browse Workshops
International - Rural Development

Micro-Hydro Power

Renewable Energy for Educators

Solar Electricity (Photovoltaics)

Solar Thermal

Sustainable Building

Sustainable Transportation

Wind Power

Women's Workshops

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