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International Program

Access to affordable, reliable energy is key to economic development, as there is a direct link between having electricity and the quality of a person’s living standards. Unfortunately, more than half of the world’s rural populations - some 2 billion people - still have no access to modern forms of energy. This keeps people in remote parts of the developing world from being able to work their way out of poverty.

Renewable energy technologies are a way to provide electricity to these people. Solar panels, wind turbines, small-scale hydroelectric projects and other forms of self-sufficient energy provide rural communities in the developing world with the electricity they need to power their homes, schools, hospitals, stores, and other industries.

SEI's International Program has four main parts:

  • International Trainings - SEI provides training to groups around the world interested in using renewable energy technologies.  We train decision-makers, technicians, and end-users in order to create sustainable renewable energy projects.  SEI has conducted trainings in Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, South Africa, Palestine, Kazakhstan, the Solomon Islands, and Pakistan.  We work with in-country NGOs, Universities, and government agencies.

  • Walt Ratterman Scholarship Fund - SEI's International program provides scholarships to people from developing countries to attend SEI workshops that are taught in the US and Latin America, and to US-based NGO's doing development work overseas.  Solar Energy International is proud to honor Walt by offering training scholarships to students who embody his spirit of adventure, hard work and dedication to the people of the developing world. 

  • Spanish Trainings - A third of the developing world consists of Spanish-speaking Latin American countries, and the United States has a growing Spanish-speaking population. If we really want to train promising renewable energy technicians who work in these countries and communities, we need to conduct some of our workshops in Spanish. SEI offers both in-person and online photovoltaic trainings in Spanish. 


SEI's International Program would not be possible without your support!
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