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Issue 81 - January 2010
SEI Instructor Missing in Haiti

SEI friend, alumni, supporter, and instructor Walt Ratterman is currently missing in Haiti. Walt was working in Haiti on a series of renewable energy projects with SunEnergyPower International for rural hospitals including Partners in Health when the earthquake hit. Walt is an amazing dedicated individual who was featured in Adrian Belic's 2006 award winning film, Beyond the Call. Knightsbridge International (KBI), a humanitarian relief organization which Walt was part of, is sending a rescue and relief team including medical personnel and "Live Find K9 Teams" to Haiti in the next couple of days. SEI is asking people to please donate to these efforts, as the costs associated with moving these skilled and very dedicated volunteers and their highly trained canines and equipment is costly. You can make a donation by visiting KBI's Haiti page or via PayPal by going to KBI's website and hitting the DONATE ICON found there.

SEI's heart goes out to Walt's family and all the people of Haiti during this tragedy.

Latest SEI News
SEI's 2010 workshop catalog is now availabe. You can download it here, or if you need a paper copy please contact us . If you haven't seen it yet, please check out the Solar Today article about SEI's PV workshops by Seth Masia, called Braisin' in the Sun: Turning Pro in Paonia . We would like to thank all of the solar companies and individuals who donated equipment to our PV lab yard in 2009, making our first class training facility possible.

New PV Workshops for 2010!
photo credit: Seth Masia
SEI announces new PV curriculum for our 2010 workshops. Our courses offer up-to-date knowledge about PV equipment and codes with all new exercises and testing to help students assimilate theory into practice through design.

Start off your solar PV career with our PV 101 class that covers the essentials of solar systems and grid-direct sizing. The workshop is much more interactive than before, with 45 minute to 1 hour-long segments followed directly by applied exercises. Register soon for the courses coming up next month in Tucson!

Make Your Home More Efficient
The average US home wastes a lot of energy. Fortunately, the government is expected to unveil a new program in the next couple of months that if approved may reimburse homeowners for up to half the cost of making their homes more efficient. Read more at To learn what you can do to improve the efficiency of your home, don't miss SEI's upcoming Building the Future Online course:

Improve People's Lives in the Developing World with Renewables
1.5 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity, and 2.5 billion cook over smoky cooking fires. Fortunately, renewable energy technologies can change that and improve people's lives around the world.

SEI is offering an online workshop that teaches how to implement renewable energy projects in the developing world. It covers technologies, applications, case studies and resources for more information. Follow that with an actual trip to learn about and implement appropriate technologies in a rural community in Chiapas, Mexico.Or visit a country that has made incredible strides in renewable energy and energy efficiency - Cuba! Register now for these exciting opportunities!

Obama Awards $2.3 Billion for Clean-Tech Manufacturing Jobs
Last week President Obama announced the award of $2.3 billion in Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy manufacturing projects across the United States.

183 projects in 43 states will create tens of thousands of high quality clean energy jobs and the domestic manufacturing of advanced clean energy technologies including solar, wind, and efficiency and energy management technologies.

"Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future," said President Obama. For more information visit the US Department of Energy website.

The Real Story of Cap and Trade
In the wake of the Copenhagen talks and the passage of a climate bill in the US House last year, the debate over cap and trade will likely intensify as we move into 2010. Unfortunately, the debate is often tainted by inaccurate information and oversimplified characterizations of the policy. decided to dig into the real story of cap and trade.

Listen to their podcast that examines the societal, environmental and financial value of putting a price on carbon at

Upcoming Events
RETECH 2010 - Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition
February 3 - 5, 2010 - Washington, DC

RETECH 2010 will take over the Washington D.C. Convention Center February 3-5, enabling U.S. and global companies – to showcase their products and technologies for top representatives from government, the financial world, and other business leaders and investors. As a member of SEI you can receive an additional $100 off registration by using Promotional Code: SUP2010 when you register. Click here to Register or check for updates on Speakers, Exhibitors and more.

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!
SEI welcomes 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

New SEI News

New PV Workshops for 2010

Make Your Home More Efficient

Improve People's Lives in the Developing World with Renewables

Obama Awards $2.3 Billion for Clean-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

The Real Story of Cap and Trade

Upcoming Events

Your Generosity Ensures our Success!

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

Biogas, water purification, efficient cookstoves, ecological waste treatment, and more!

Hands-On Workshops

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Solar Electric Fundamentals & Grid Direct Design
February 15 - 20, Tucson, AZ
February 22 - 27, Tucson, AZ
March 15 - 19, Sacramento, CA

Solar Hot Water
March 15 - 19, Fontana, CA

Online Courses

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Please register early. These courses WILL fill.

Building for the Future
February 1 - March 14, Online

Renewable Energy for the Developing World
February 1 - March 14, Online

Solar Electric Fundamentals and Grid-Direct Design
February 1 - March 7, 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:

Mark Thornbloom
Jawad Mustapha

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