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Issue 79 - November 2009
SEI's 2010 Workshop Schedule Now Online!

SEI's 2010 workshops are now listed on our website. And more will be listed throughout the month. We have many new workshops to choose from, and they will fill up fast. So check out!

Health Care in Haiti - PV Powered
SEI PV instructor Carol Weis recently went to Haiti on a joint project with Sun Energy Power International (SunEPI), the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and Partners in Health (PIH). With support from manufacturers and donor agencies the organizations worked together to provide a 10 kW solar powered hospital system for PIH in Haiti, at Boucancarre in the Central Plains area.

The project included a hands-on training in proper installation practices for solar electric and inverter/battery systems. The 21 Haitian trainees were comprised both of technicians maintaining the electrical systems at health facilities throughout Haiti, and employees from two of the premier Haitian renewable energy companies.

DOE Awards Solar Training Grant to Rocky Mountain Region
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $87 million in funding to support solar energy technologies and training across the country. Among the groups eligible to receive funding to further develop the nation’s solar workforce is the Rocky Mountain Solar Training Consortium (RMSTC).

Solar Energy International, Salt Lake Community College and Utah Solar Energy Association comprise the RMSTC, which was selected for negotiations leading to a potential $3.1 million grant. The consortium is dedicated to fostering the development of renewable energy through education and technical assistance in the Rocky Mountain region. Twelve states are currently covered in the Rocky Mountain region, the largest geographic region in the United States.

The Rocky Mountain Solar Training Consortium will train trainers and offer professional development activities at community and technical colleges that are developing and improving existing solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar heating and cooling installation courses. RMSTC’s training will implement train-the-trainer courses in-person and via the Internet, based on SEI's nationally recognized PV and solar heating and cooling curriculum.

Solar In the Schools Gives Thanks
2009 has been a great year for Solar In the Schools (SIS) and we have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. We’ve recorded our highest ever number of student contacts (over 2000 and counting!), hired a new full-time coordinator and fine-tuned the curriculum for our teacher training workshops.

In 2010 we will continue to bring our energy into the classroom so that students and educators use their energy wisely. A big thank you to everyone who has helped the SIS program this year: The Thrift Shop - Aspen, Town of Carbondale, Pitkin County, City of Glenwood Springs, ABC Foundation, Rotary International, DMEA, Alpine Bank, Xcel Energy.

Donate to Honor the Earth and Win LED Lights
SEI is helping our partner Honor the Earth raise money for the amazing work they do. HTE is a Native-led organization founded by Winona LaDuke to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues.

A donation of at least $50 to HTE's programs (which include solar and wind energy for Native American reservations) will enter you into a drawing to win a 12 volt LED lighting system from Our Sun Solar. This simple and beautiful system contains a solar module, controller, battery and bamboo light fixtures. Click here to donate. Your name gets put into the drawing for each $50 donation you make. Donations must be received by December 15.

If you win the drawing you can also make a tax-deductible donation of the lighting system (a $300 value) back to SEI to be used for a project in a rural area of the developing world.

The Emerging US-China Strategic Alliance on Clean Energy
photo credit: AP
The bilateral relationship between the United States and China has begun to take on a more pragmatic and secure quality under the Obama Administration. Cooperation on clean energy development has laid a foundation that presages unprecedented opportunities for Sino-U.S. cooperation.

President Obama’s meetings with the Chinese leadership this week give further impetus to the significant efforts by the two countries to forge a new energy future based on Shuang Ying the Chinese term for “win-win.”

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Upcoming Events

Solar 2010 - ASES National Solar Conference
May 17 - 22, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ

America’s leading conference on the emerging trends, technology, and opportunities shaping the new energy economy.

6th Annual Small Wind Conference
June 15 - 16, 2010 - Stevens Point, WI

The premier event for small wind-electric system designers and installers, and for those involved in sales, specification, management, funding, and permitting of small wind systems.

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's 2010 Workshop Schedule Now Online!

Health Care in Haiti - PV Powered

DOE Awards Solar Training Grant to Rocky Mountain Region

Solar In the Schools Gives Thanks

Donate to Honor the Earth and Win LED Lights

The Emerging US-China Strategic Alliance on Clean Energy

Upcoming Events

Your Generosity Ensures our Success!

Featured Workshop
Instalación y conceptos de diseño de sistemas solares fotovoltaicos
Nov. 30 - Dec.4, PUERTO RICO

Aprenda los elementos básicos de instalación de paneles fotovoltáicos.

Hands-On Workshops

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Grid-Tied PV Systems
December 7 - 11, Raleigh, NC

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

Advanced Photovoltaics
November 16 - 20, Honolulu, HI

Online Courses

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Please register early. These courses WILL fill.

PV Design Online
November 2 - Dec 13, Online

Advanced PV Online
November 2 - Dec 13, Online

Building for the Future
January 18 - Feb 8, Online

International Workshops

Sign up early to reserve your seat.

Appropriate Technology for the Developing World
March 29 - April 4, MEXICO

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

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

SEI welcomes new business members:

Alternative Energies Kentucky
Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities
Research Foundation - Morrisville State College

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